The only school I would use to learn a therapy. You will leave confident to practice straight away. Amazing teachers - I'll be back. 

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Why train with West Shires School...

Professional Standards… At the West Shires School our tutors are recognised in their field for their qualifications, knowledge, expertise and experience.  All have and still do work as professional therapists for many years and bring to the class room a wealth of knowledge and experience.  This goes a long way to providing our students with truly inspiring expert tuition. All the training and assessments are done within the Alliance Therapy Centre, giving our students, quite uniquely, a real-life working environment in which to train and work themselves.  Once qualified we give all our students the opportunity to work within the Centre as a part of the team, if they should so wish. 

All our professional training courses are accredited with a leading industry awarding body meaning there is a robust and rigorous support system in place at all times.  It is extremely important that the potential student researches and is clear about what their training will offer them.  The qualifications we offer are internationally recognised and are governed by the National Occupational Standards that describe a quality in standards, knowledge, skill and effectiveness when applied to the safe and professional delivery of each therapy.

We offer only the best in training – nothing less will do


All our students upon completion of their training on an accredited course will be eligible to join ANY leading Professional Organisation – such as the Association of Refexologists, the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the GMRC  - and also will be able to join the register of the government and medically recognised organisation, the CNHC – which is necessary if anyone wants to work within the NHS as a therapist or receive referrals from GP’s etc.  Our students will also be able to obtain insurance from ANY reputable insurance company and be able to shop around for the best deals, rather than be forced to insure with a company affiliated to a training school, as is often the case.


Your Greatest Self.

If you decide to train in any aspect of complementary medicine or beauty therapy you will discover that your life will change for the better - that your mind will be opened to many great and wonderful ideas and possibilities.  There is so much to learn, discover and with it comes a depth of personal enhancement, physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

We like to talk and if possible meet our prospective students prior to enrolment, so that  you can ask any questions, discuss options and make sure that we are the right training establishment for you. You can email or phone Cheryll Hodgson the School Principal at any time prior to completing your Registration Form, or she will contact you to afterwards to say hello and have a chat about the course. 

Whilst we know that your investment in your training is not something you will regret we do try to make it as easy as possible - so we offer the option of staged payments on all our courses, although we do need the deposit to secure your place. 

Workshops and other courses

We run a regular programme of workshops and short courses to include: (see home page for the latest up to date list of courses and workshops)

Reiki Part 1 and Part 2

Introduction workshops to the major Diploma Courses

Visiting experts from the industry from time to time

We hold regular meetings specifically for Reflexologists - who may or may not be members of the Association of Reflexologists

Therapists/Student Peer Support Group.  If you would be interested in this please let us know.  The facebook page is

We also have weekly art classes just give us a call for more information. 

I would definitely recommend West Shires Indian Head Massage course. It may be more expensive than a one day course but it's far more effective and is really the only option if you truly want to learn this massage thoroughly.  The staff are informative, friendly and always on hand to help.

Maddison Tazu - March 2018



Cheryl is a dedicated and professional Reflexology teacher and is always ready to help you when you require it. She is highly knowledgeable in reflexology and has the ability to communicate with a simple and friendly language. Cheryl is a great and strong developer and I can recommend her services to anyone wishing to train as a reflexologist." 


Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity  

                   Jane Williams


What an amazing weekend on my massage course...... From relaxing facials to sciatica work - feel blessed to have one of the top guys in the industry as my teacher


Iain Dangerfield July 2015