Below you will find information on the core therapies that the APNT represents.

The APNT sets the syllabi for courses in these modalities.
If you are a therapist or educator and wish to become a member of the APNT, you must be qualified in one of our core therapies (though you can also hold additional qualifications in therapies not listed here).

Myo-Fascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial Release is the missing link in body care. It is a relatively new therapy, which is fast gaining recognition as the missing link in bodywork therapy.  It is a safe, gentle and effective therapy; for many patients who have “tried everything” MFR can provide a very welcome relief from pain, discomfort and immobility. MFR treats injury at its source allowing the patient to heal at the deepest level.  It is a hands on, full body treatment, no oil is used and sustained gentle pressure is applied for a minimum of 90-120 seconds, for some releases pressure is often applied for several minutes or longer, this allows the trained therapist to feel through and facilitate the release of restrictions within the fascial network.  Find a Therapist or School

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage builds on the simpler skills of Swedish massage to enable practitioners to work to enhance the health and well-being of clients, as well as to address specific ailments and conditions. With a spread and depth of knowledge of the body and how it reacts to illness and injury as well as good health means that in therapeutic massage specific strokes and techniques are used to work effectively with a broad range of clients in widely varying states of health. Find a Therapist or School


Reflexology is a relaxing form of foot massage using thumb or finger pressure. Pressure is applied to reflex points which relate to the whole body and its energy fields. This procedure stimulates blood circulation, aids the removal of waste products from the feet and improves the flow of energy throughout the body. As a natural healing therapy, reflexology can play a major role in preventative care, reducing stress, cleansing the body of toxins and revitalising energy. Find a Therapist or School

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is the massage of pregnant women (prenatal) and women after giving birth (postpartum). It addresses the special needs of pregnant women such as discomforts in the low back, feet and legs. Performed in a nurturing and supportive environment, this special treatment can promote relaxation, address a range of physical and emotional changes to the pregnant woman and create space and time for mother and baby to connect. Find a Therapist or School

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is based on an ancient Eastern form of healing that relaxes and harmonises the body’s natural balance. It is performed over clothes with the client in a seated position and often without the use of oils. A range of techniques are used to provide a stimulating and relaxing massage incorporating movements to the upper back, arms, shoulders, neck, head and face. Find a Therapist or School

Body Realignment

Body Realignment is a system of Facilitated Positional Release, where the therapist provides the body with the support and environment in which to release in the position of damage, so letting go of the effects of trauma.  The therapy is almost completely painless and very relaxing for the client.The therapist learns to tune in to the subtle movements, following the body as the muscles and fascia give up their restrictions and tension. As the physical pain and trauma are released, so the emotional traumatic memory clears, leaving the client freer in body and mind. Find a Therapist or School

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the classic form of Western massage. It is a technique designed to help the body relax by applying pressure to superficial and deeper muscles. Parts of the body are kneaded and rubbed with a variety of massage strokes to improve the body’s circulation, release muscular and emotional tension and promote relaxation. Find a Therapist or School

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage works the soft tissues of the body, with the focus on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It assists injury prevention and aids recovery and is used effectively in the treatment of chronic and acute injuries, back, neck and other joint and musculoskeletal problems. Find a Therapist or School

Sports Massage

Sports massage is the application of advanced massage techniques for use with the prevention, maintenance and rehabilitation of sporting injuries. Sports massage therapists are skilled in the assessment of musculoskeletal injuries and know how and when to refer clients for specialist advice. Sports massage helps alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and prevent injuries. It is also effective on injuries not incurred through sports.  Find a Therapist or School


Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracted from pure plant material, to improve physical and emotional well-being. These oils possess distinctive therapeutic properties, which can be utilised to improve health and prevent disease. These natural plant oils are applied in a variety of ways but most commonly through massage where the oils can be used to enhance treatment or as a treatment in itself. Aromatherapy is an especially effective treatment for stress-related problems and various chronic conditions but it can also simply be an invigorating indulgence. Find a Therapist or School

Seated Acupressure

Seated acupressure is a relaxing and revitalising treatment, based on traditional Japanese acupressure where the therapist uses his or her hands to stimulate the energy points which can be found all along the meridians of the head, neck, shoulders, spine and lower back. Remaining fully clothed the recipient is comfortably seated in a specifically designed chair. This versatile massage sequence can provide a simple yet effective method of reducing stress and stress-related problems and can often be found within the workplace as onsite massage. Find a Therapist or School

Thai Massage

Thai Massage (also known as Traditional Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage) is an ancient healing art practiced in the temples of Thailand. It is a unique dynamic form of bodywork combining acupressure and applied yoga stretches to create an all body treatment that is at once re-energising and deeply relaxing. Thai Massage aims to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and restore balance by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The practitioner uses their hands, feet, forearms, elbows and knees to apply pressure along energy channels, releasing blockages and stimulating the free flow of energy, leading to health, balance, centredness and well-being.  Find a Therapist or School

Yoga Therapy

  • Yoga Therapy is the application of yoga practices to alleviate physical and mental conditions with the view of promoting self-care and encouraging overall well-being. Yoga Therapists work with individuals formulating specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation techniques to suit the individual’s needs. Find a Therapist or School

Equine Sports Massage

Equine Sports Massage is the therapeutic application of recognised massage techniques adapted to be used on the horse for the purpose of increasing circulation, range of movement and improving overall health and performance. A thorough understanding of anatomy and the interaction of bones, joints and muscles are the basis of this therapy and therapists assess the overall condition of the horse and work to relieve tense, tight and sensitive muscles. Find a Therapist or School 

Bowen Technique

  • Bowen is a gentle soft-tissue therapy used in musculoskeletal and systemic presentations, assisting regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System.  Gentle rolling-type moves are done over specific soft tissue points, and the technique sets itself apart from other modalities by including “breaks” after a series of moves in order to facilitate the neurological/endocrine response. Find a Therapist or School

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. Find a Therapist or School 


  • “Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual renewal. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system and benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm peaceful sense of wellbeing. Find a Therapist or School

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