Your first step to becoming a therapist

Your first step is recognising the pull towards touch therapy and a feeling of compassion. Here are a few pointers to give you affirmation that you are the right person for massage. Even if you can only see one, the pull is there, and it's there for a reason.

  • People say you have a wonderful touch
  • Others often open up to you
  • You feel the need to help ease the pain in others
  • You feel the need to connect with others in a pure light
  • Working on others gives you a sense of peace
  • You have a feeling that there is more to life and more to you
  • There is a strong interest and curiosity in natural healing and alternative therapy
  • You can visualise laying hands on someone to bring them comfort
  • You already work with others and want to give them more

The skill will come to you with expert guidance and proper training from the right people at Balancingtouch. Massage is exceptionally natural. We are all born with the ability to feel empathy, have compassion and massage. It just takes the right place to bring it out in you so that you become the best therapist you can be.

Welcome to the fantastic world of authentic massage therapy. This could be one of your life's most fulfilling and satisfying journeys. With the right guidance and proper training at Balancingtouch, you will soon be recognised and identified as an outstanding massage therapist with impeccable massage standards and unrivalled talent surpassing the average therapist.    

Below is a list of courses you can do without any prior massage training and experience and are needed to specialise in higher levels of skills.

 Please see the specials. Some packages include most foundation courses with advanced courses to launch you into rapid success.

With you in mind, we have put the specials together based on our experience as therapists, what students have requested, and what clients request and need in the market.


All of us at Balancingtouch remember when we first started learning our profession. We recognise the feeling of taking the first step and sitting in our first class, the excitement, the anticipation, the fantastic sense of wonder as we realised our capabilities and saw the remarkable effect we could have on others, and the consequential feelings of achievement when we received our first qualification.

Deciding the Direction  

The world of massage therapy has many avenues and many approaches. They are all branches of the same tree, and different individuals are more drawn to certain areas of interest. Some feel the need to be more medical and corrective in their approach to touch therapies, and some are more drawn to a holistic approach where balance and healing take place through intuition and deeper insight into mind, body, soul/emotional balance. Some have been able to encompass all elements to help more people and meet the specific needs of their clients. They are equally effective, and each has a significant part to play.

At Balancingtouch, you will be given incredible experiential insight and an in-depth explanation of your many options; having experts help you draw clarity and direction that works best for you is tremendously helpful, inspiring and reassuring.


Some of our students have been undecided as this is all new and is okay. We have been able to help them with wisdom and experience. We understand that each person is different and unique, and so is their direction. We will work with you to recognise your abilities and strengths and help guide you in the best advice that suits you most; you will have support every step for the most fulfilling and rewarding outcome and journey.
If you are undecided, please come and visit us; we would love to help you and give you all the information you need. If you prefer to call or email us, our professional and diligent staff are passionate and want to help you.  

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Getting Started

Massage Courses in Gauteng and Western Cape

What Qualifications do I need to practice

With Balancingtouch, you are covered.  

Once you have qualified with us, you can start working immediately. You may even create your own business. 
With our Swedish massage (recommended 1st course), you will be appropriately educated in genuine customer care, ethical practice, and marketing skills. You will be shown, taught, and personally trained in the best techniques that make a massage brilliant. Most importantly, you will have gained all the necessary hands-on skills and expert knowledge that a successful practice builds on to help more people, cater to greater demands, and earn more.

We, of all people, as therapists and as a training institution, understand entirely that it is in the beginning stages of correct learning and personal hands-on guidance that pave the way to success and fulfilment as a professional in the field.

We are here to guide you every step of the way. We will be there when you receive your first client and start to grow your practice. We will even offer assistance years after establishing yourself as a world-class professional. This is our commitment to you.

Getting Certified to Practice
It is easy to become Certified in any level entry foundation course (I.e. Swedish Massage). You will need a certificate of formal hands-on training from a reputable and accredited institution that an international industry regulator ideally governs to train you to the standards that guarantee you success. 
Once you have this, you can practice massage professionally, start touching lives, and earn a decent living.

Here is a quick checklist of what a school should have:

  • The school should be accredited  and must be a registered training facility (by an industry regulator such as The Guild)
  • The courses should contain SAQA Unit Standards and International Unit Standards to ensure you get the best standards
  • The lecturer should be highly experienced, at least five years, highly qualified and must be Accredited to teach, not just show you stuff.
  • The academy should be a professional learning environment, not a spa, not online, but in a classroom for therapy
  • You must have Accredited hands-on training by an accredited Therapy Lecturer (as online training is entirely insufficient)

What Equipment do I need?

Starting, you initially do not need anything in your training.

When you start learning, the classroom will be fully equipped with Massage beds, Oils and everything else you need during the training. All you need for the classes is a couple of towels, you, your hands, a pen, and your positivity to have the time of your life.

To Start your own Practice, you will need the following:

  • Massage Table
  • Towels (x3 Bath Sheets and x2 Bath Towels)
  • Oils 
  • Certification/Qualification with the right school

Please see our specials. Most of them include a free bed and oil valued at R3500 with courses at reduced rates to boost your career.