National & International

UK Massage Championship

7th & 8th September 2024

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About the UK Massage Championship

The World Massage Council (WMC) will be approving its second successive National & International UK Massage Championship in London, UK this year.

Following the resounding success of last year's competition, we are looking forward to an even more exciting and prominent event with more therapists and competitors taking part!

Event Details

Massage Categories

Following from the the resounding success of last years competition, we are looking forward to an even more exciting and prominent event this September and look forward to seeing you all there!

The competition has a selection of 5 massage categories which allow therapists to demonstrate different methods and techniques. Competitors have the option to enter a maximum of 4 categories to showcase their skills and talent.

Before you enter the competition, make sure you have read the information on the Rules & Regulations page as well as the "Participant Competition Entry" details below.


Incl. Swedish, Holistic or Classical Western Style Relaxing Massage.


Use Classical massage strokes such as effleurage, petrissage (wringing, kneading, thumb petrissage, etc.), tapotement strokes (hacking, cupping, beating, pounding, etc.)
No Deep Tissue techniques or strong articulations allowed.

Massage Tools Use

Not allowed.

Pressure Guidelines

Light to medium-deep.


Incl. Spa Style Massage, Lomi Lomi Massage, Aromatherapy, MLD, Body Sculpting, Hot Stone, Cupping, Poultice, Bamboo, Facial Massage, etc.


Use of spa style massage routines and strokes which are flowing and rhythmical. Classical massage strokes combined with the use of forearms as well as massage tools.

Massage Tools Use


Pressure Guidelines

Light to medium-deep.

Advanced Massage - UK Massage Championship


Incl. Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Therapeutic, Stretching, Neuromuscular Technique, Myofascial Release, PNF/MET, joint articulation/mobilisation, etc.).


No Osteopathic/Chiropractic type manipulations allowed. Use a variety of soft tissue techniques using palms, fists, forearms, elbows as well as stretching techniques and joint articulations to provide a treatment.

Massage Tools

Not allowed

Pressure Guidelines

Light to deep

Free Style Massage - UK Massage Championship


Incl. Western & Eastern inspired massage with a mixture and variation of styles which are unique to you.


All modes and styles of soft tissue massage therapy can be included as well as stretching and joint articulation. Use of massage tools is allowed, including small “singing bowls”. Both legs can be off the floor, i.e. you can climb onto the couch. NO FIRE OR LARGE GONG/SOUND BATH THERAPY TYPE TREATMENTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMPETITION.

Massage Tools


Pressure Guidelines

Light to deep.

Seated Chair Massage - UK Massage Championship


Perform massage in a seated position using an On-site Massage Chair, Massage Stool, on floor, etc. with the client remaining fully clothed. Category can include massage and deep tissue massage techniques, acupressure/shiatsu techniques as well as stretching and joint articulation.


Category can include massage and deep tissue massage techniques, acupressure/shiatsu techniques as well as stretching and joint articulation.

Massage Tools


Pressure Guidelines

Ligth to deep.

Eastern Asian Massage - UK Massage Championship


Incl. Thai, Ayurveda, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Balinese, etc. Asian and Eastern massage styles using dry and oil-based massage techniques and methods which can include the use of all body applicators as well as stretching and joint articulation as per the discipline practised.


Category can be used to showcase skills on the floor using a mat, or on the table, and can incorporate traditional or modern techniques.

Massage Tools


Pressure Guidelines

Ligth to deep.

Entry Costs

Competitors can enter up to 4 categories from any of the above selection.

Discounts are available as indicated below for multiple category entries.

1 Category:

UK MassageChampionship - for massage therapists

2 Categories: £129

3 Categories: £149

4 Categories: £179

Participant Competition Entry

Before you enter the competition, make sure you have read and understood the below entery criteria for each massage category.

1. The competition is open to both National and International participants.

2. All participants are required to bring their own model.

3. All models must be over the age of 16 years and have given consent prior to the competition. We recommend using a new model per each category.

4. The responsibility of entering the correct competition category lies with the participant.

5. Once a participant has registered, they cannot change categories.

6. Competition is open to qualified and professional therapists only.

7. The WMC and event organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to any participant.

8. All participants and their models may be videoed/photographed for the purpose of marketing and use on social media platforms during the competition and for the future.

9. If you have any queries or concerns, please have these addressed prior to the competition by contacting us by email:

10. Each category will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd winner. The overall winner of the competition will be the one who has gained the most points during their judging round.

11. Translators can be allowed where English is a second language, however the translator must not be on the competition floor during the judging.

Judging Criteria

It should be noted that not all the criteria below apply to all categories and modalities of massage therapy practiced.

The criteria outlined below is to be used as a model guide by the selected judge to make a reasonable assessment about a competing participant of their capabilities for a chosen category of participation.

The judging criteria will be from the following categories and be out of a total of 100 marks.  Each participant will start with 100 points and marks will be deducted accordingly.

1. Preparation of the Treatment Area (5 points)
To include proper equipment, mediums, massage tools, storage of clothing, safe working area, etc.

2. Participant Personal Preparation & Hygiene (5 points)
To include professional presentation, tidy grooming, uniform, jewellery, hygiene.

3. Client Care (10 points)
To include proper use of drapes, towels, cushions, bolsters, client modesty, client positioning etc.

4. Communication (10 points)
Including verbal, non-verbal, body language.

5. Massage Routine (40 points)
To include:

(a) effectiveness (20)
(b) flow (10) 
(c) innovation of the routine (10)

Consideration given to depth, pressure, tissues change, rhythm, fluidity, continuity and as well as creating a unique individual style/combination of different styles as reflected in the category.

6. The participant Body Mechanics (30 points)
To include practitioner posture, relaxed body, efficiency of movement, save joint injury.

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