A qualified practitioner should have both training and experience, with certification showing the level of achievement.
They should:

1.Have trained to the standards defined by the relevant awarding bodies core curriculum.

2.Be a member of a professional association and abide by a Code of Conduct and Ethics.

3.Be fully insured to practice.

The designated letters awarded by the various professional bodies are an indication of the qualification and standards achieved.

Further information including, confirmation of association membership, education and training standards, and Code of Conduct and Ethics can be obtained by contacting the awarding body direct or via their website.

This section lists the majority of massage and complementary therapy associations and professional bodies in the UK. Contact any one of these to check a practitioner's membership, enquire about membership criteria, training standards, or to find a practitioner - many of them have a directory of members.


Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC)

PO Box 387




Tel: 01473 603630

Email: info@a-t-c.org.uk

http:// www.a-t-c.org.uk


Association of Holistic Practitioners International (AHPI)

8 Llys Soar

Scott Street



CF42 5NA

Tel: 01443 771804


Association of Light Touch Therapists (ALTT)

6 Combermere Road

St. Leonards on Sea

East Sussex

TN38 0RR

Tel: 01424 430001

Email: lighttouch@callnetuk.com


Association of Massage Practitioners (AMP)

101 Bounds Green Road

N22 4DF

Association of Medical Aromatherapists (AMA)
Rhu Point
G84 8NF
Tel: 0141 332 4924

Association of Natural Medicine (ANM)
19a Collingwood Road
Tel: 01376 502762

Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT)
27 Old Gloucester Street
Tel: 0966 181588

NameAssociation of ReflexologistsAOR


Address27 Old Gloucester StreetTel: 0870 5673320 LondonEmail: aor@reflexology.org WC1 3XXhttp:// www.aor.org.uk

NameAssociation of Therapeutic Massage TherapistsATMP


Address15 Glyn Street  New Bradwell  Milton KeynesTel: BuckinghamshireEmail: MK13 0DFhttp://

NameThe Bowen Association (UK)


AddressPO Box 4358  Dorchester  DorsetTel: 0700 2698324 DT2 7XXEmail: office@bowen-technique.co.uk LE9 9LQhttp:// www.bowen-technique.co.uk

NameBowen Therapists' European RegisterBTER


AddressBTER  PO Box 2920Tel: 07986 008384 Stratford Upon AvonEmail: info@bter.org CV37 9ZLhttp:// www.bter.org

NameBritish Association of Beauty Therapy & CosmetologyBABTAC


AddressBABTAC House  70 Eastgate StreetTel: 01452 421114 GloucesterEmail: enquiries@babtac.com GL1 1QNhttp:// www.babtac.com

NameBritish Complementary Medicine AssociationBCMA


AddressKensington House  33 Imperial SquareTel: 0116 282 5511 CheltenhamEmail: info@bcma.co.uk GL50 1QZhttp:// www.bcma.co.uk

NameBritish Reflexology AssociationBRA


AddressMonks Orchard  WhitebourneTel: 01886 821207 WorcesterEmail: bra@britreflex.co.uk WR6 5RBhttp:// www.britreflex.co.uk

NameComplementary Medicine AssociationCMA


Address142 Greenwich High RoadTel: 0208 305 9571 LondonEmail: info@the-cma.org.uk SE10 8NNhttp:// www.the-cma.org.uk

NameCouncil for Complementary and Alternative MedicineCCAM


AddressPark House  206-208 Latimer RoadTel: 0208 968 3862 LondonEmail: W10 6REhttp://

NameCrainiosacral Therapy Association


AddressMonomark House  27 Old Gloucester StreetTel: 07000 784 735 LondonEmail: secretary@crainiosacral.co.uk WC1N 3XXhttp:// www.crainiosacral.co.uk

NameFederation of Holistic TherapistsFHT


Address18 Shakespeare Business CentreFax: 02380 624398 Hathaway CloseTel: 0870 420 2022 Eastleigh, HampshireEmail: info@fht.org.uk SO50 4SRhttp:// www.fht.org.uk

NameGeneral Council for Massage TherapyGCMT


AddressGCMT, Whiteway House  Blundells LaneTel: 0151 430 8199 Rainhill, PrescotEmail: gcmt@btconnect.com L35 6NBhttp://www.gcmt.org.uk

NameGuild of Complementary PractitionersGCP


AddressLiddell House  Liddell Close  FinchampsteadTel: 0118 973 5757 BerkshireEmail: info@gcpnet.com RG40 4NShttp:// www.gcpnet.com

NameInternational Holistic Aromatherapy FoundationIHAF


Address13 The Terrace  RochesterTel: 01634 834663 KentEmail: ME1 1XNhttp://

NameIndependent Professional Therapists InternationalIPTI


AddressSt Michael's Place  58a Bridgegate  RetfordTel: 01777 700383 / 711149 NottinghamshireEmail: iptiuk@aol.com DN22 7UZhttp://

NameInstitute of Complementary MedicineICM


AddressPO Box 194Tel: 020 7237 5165 LondonEmail: icm@icmedicine.co.uk SE16 7QZhttp://www.icmedicine.co.uk

NameInstitute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and AromatherapyITHMA


Address35 California RoadTel: 01026 393465 MistleyEmail: info@aromatherapy-studies.com Essexhttp://www.aromatherapy-studies.com CO11 1JA

NameInternation Federation of ReflexologistsIFR


Address78 Edridge Road  CroydonTel: 0208 667 9458 SurreyEmail: ifr44@aol.com CR0 1EFhttp:// www.reflexology-ifm.com

Name International Federation of Aromatherapists IFA Address 61-63 Churchfield Road Tel: + 44 (0) 20 8992 9605
London Email: office@ifaroma.org
W3 6AY http://www.ifaroma.org Name The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists IFPA Address The IFPA
82 Ashby Road
Hinkley Tel: 01455 637987
Leicestershire Email: admin@IFPAroma.org
LE10 1SN http://www.ifparoma.org Name International Institute of Reflexology (UK) IIR Address 255 Turleigh Road
Bradford on Avon Tel: 01225 865899
Wiltshire Email:
BA15 2HG http:// Name International Register of Holistic Therapists IRHT Address 3rd Floor, Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
Eastleigh Tel: 01703 488900
Hampshire Email:
SO50 9FD http:// Name International Register of Massage Therapists IRMT Address PO Box 5537 Tel:
Hatfield Peverel Email:
GM3 2QN http://www.irmt.co.uk Name International Reiki Society Address PO Box 1867
Yeovil Tel: 01935 851 170
Somerset Email:
BA22 7YU http:// Name International Society of Professional Aromatherapists ISPA Address Now merged with the IFPA Tel:
http:// www.ifparoma.org Name International Therapy Examination Council ITEC Address 10/11 Heathfield Terrace
Chiswick Tel: 020 8994 4141
London Email: info@itecworld.co.uk
W4 4JE http:// www.itecworld.co.uk Name London and Counties Society of Physiologists LCSP Address 330 Lytham Road Tel: 01253 408443
Blackpool Email: admin.lesp@ic24.net
FY4 1DW http:// www.lesp.uk.com Name Massage Therapy Institute of Great Britain Address PO Box 2726 Tel: 0208 2081607
London Email:
NW2 3NR http://www.cmhmassage.co.uk/mtigb.htm Name Register of Qualified Aromatherapists RQA Address Now merged with the IFPA Tel:
http:// www.ifparoma.org Name Reiki Association Address 2 Manor Cottages
Stockley Hill
Peterchurch Tel:
Hereford Email:katejones@reikiassociation.org.uk
HR2 0SS http:// www.reikiassociation.org.uk Name Scottish Institute of Reflexology Address 4 Eden Road
Ednam Tel: 01573 226645
Kelso Email:
TD5 7QG http://www.scottishreflexology.org Name Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation SMTO Address 70 Lochside Road
Denmore Park
Bridge of Don Tel: 01224 822960
Aberdeen Email: smto@ifb.co.uk
AB23 8QW http:// www.scotmass.co.uk Name Shiatsu International Address Maulak Chambers
The Centre
High Street Tel: 01787 220373
Halstead Freephone: 0800 0927091
Essex Email:
CO9 2AJ http:// Name The Shiatsu Society (UK) Address Eastlands Court
St Peters Road
Rugby Tel: 01788 555051
Warwickshire Email: admin@shiatsu.org
CV21 3QP http:// www.shiatsu.org Name Society of Holistic Medicine SHM Address 25 Mossley Lane
Bloxwich Tel: 01922 409116
Walsall Email:
WS3 2SD http://www.holistic-medicine.co.uk Name Society of Holistic Practitioners SHP Address 4 Craigpark
Dennistoun Tel: 0141 554 5808
Glasgow Email:
G31 2NA http:// Name Society of Massage Therapists Address 70 Lochside Road
Denmore Park
Bridge of Don Tel: 01224 822 596
Aberdeen Email:
AB23 8QW http:// Name The Academy of On-site Massage Address Avon Road
Wotton-under-Edge Tel: 01454 261900
Gloucestershire Email: all@aosm.co.uk
GL12 8TT http:// www.aosm.co.uk Name Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK MLDUK Address PO Box 14491
Glenrothes Tel: 01592 840779
Fyfe Email: info@mlduk.org.uk
KY6 3YE http:// www.mlduk.org.uk Name International Association of Infant Massage IAIM Address 56 Sparsholt Road
Barking Tel: 0208 5911399
Essex Email: mail@iaim.org.uk
IG11 7YQ http:// www.iaim.org.uk Name European Hellerwork Associator Address Mulberry House
13 Inverleith Row Tel:
Edinburgh Email:geriharries@hellerworkeurope.com
EH3 5LS http:// www.hellerwork-europe.com Name The Aromatherapists Society Address 9 Chute Way
High Salvington
Worthing Tel: 01903 694435
West Sussex Email:office@thearomatherapistssociety.net
BN13 3EA http://www.thearomatherapistssociety.net