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The National Massage Championship

The National Massage Championship will be returning to Olympia Beauty in 2020 for the third year and opens for the first time to international competitors! This incredible event welcomes all qualified massage therapists and bodyworkers to compete for a trophy or two in 6 competition categories for UK competitors and 2 competition categories for internationals! The competition will be taking place on  Sunday 4 and Monday 5 October on the Gallery level at Olympia London. Qualified therapists are invited to showcase their technique and bodywork skills in six different categories including Advanced Massage, SPA/Wellness Massage, Freestyle Massage, Eastern Massage, Chair Massage and Clinical Massage. Bringing together qualified massage therapists of all backgrounds, The National Massage Championship is run by therapists for therapists and judged by our panel of international judges with extensive professional massage therapy experience. We look forward to seeing you there and encourage you to stay for the Awards presentation, Grand Finale and networking reception on Monday afternoon! It’s a sight to behold! 



Freestyle Eastern Massage

£119 for one competition
  • 1 hour massage. This category will be based on eastern medical system including Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga massage, Shiatsu, Ayurveda, and Indonesian and Polynesian techniques amongst others. Tools are allowed.

Freestyle Western Massage

£119 for one competition
  • 1 hour massage. This category will include a rich mix of massage and bodywork skills that are inspired by western /eastern modalities- your own unique set of skills.



Advanced Massage

£119 for one competition
  • £179 for two competitions
  • 1 hour massage. This includes any advance massage techniques such as deep tissue, remedial/sports techniques, MFR, NMT, trigger points, mobilisation or any other advanced massage technique including Swedish Massage technique and tools allowed.

Freestyle Massage

£119 for one competition
  • £179 for two competitions
  • 1 hour massage. This category will include a rich mix of massage and bodywork skills that are inspired by western /eastern modalities- your own unique set of skills.

Spa/Wellness Massage

£119 for one competition
  • £179 for two competitions
  • 1 hour massage. Classical Swedish, Beauty and Spa style massage techniques. No advanced massage techniques allowed (see Advance Massage category).

Clinical Massage

£119 for one competition
  • £179 for two competitions
  • 1 hour massage. Using advanced massage techniques, advanced massage and body work techniques that include muscular and skeletal manipulation techiques, mind. Particularly focus on pain or trauma. Massage tools allowed (cupping, dry needling, and fascia release tools etc) Entrants will be asked to pick one of 3x medical pathologies to treat (options sent well in advance)

Eastern Massage

£119 for one competition
  • £179 for two competitions
  • 1 hour massage. This category will be based on eastern medical system including Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga massage, Shiatsu, Ayurveda, and Indonesian and Polynesian techniques amongst others. Tools are allowed.

Chair Massage

£119 for one competition
  • £179 for two competitions
  • 40 mins massage. This massage should be implemented on an industry standard professional massage chair and the model must be fully clothed. You can be creative in the technique in this category. Please supply your own chair. No chair? Please request a chair when registering.

Once you have completed registration and payment for The National Massage Championship 2020, your entry is non-refundable and non-transferable. Everyone competing and modelling must be aged 18+ and register for entrance to the show (for free) separately.



8am - 9am: Registration open for The NMC

9am - 10am: SPA/Wellness round 1 and Freestyle round 1

10.30am - 11.30am: SPA/Wellness round 2 and Freestyle Categories round 2

12.00noon - 1.00pm:  Freestyle Categories Round 3, Eastern round 1

1.05pm - 1.55pm: Lunch Break

1.10pm - 1.40pm: Winner performances

2pm - 3pm: Global Category: Freestyle Eastern & Freestyle Western

3.45pm - 4pm: Global Awards with UK Awards

4.15pm - 5.15pm: Global East meets West Grand Finale

*Timings all subject to change


9am - 9.15am: Registration open for Advanced

9.20am – 9.25am: Opening Speech by Head Judge

9.30am - 10.30am: Advanced and Clinical Massage round 1

11am – 12pm: Advanced round 2 and Chair Massage round 1

12.05pm – 12.45pm: Lunch Break

12.10pm - 12.40pm: Winning Performance showcase

1pm – 1.20pm: Awards Ceremony on the Olympia Stage

2pm – 3pm: The National Massage Championship Grand Finale

3.30 - 3.45pm: Judges Excellence Awards

3.45pm - 5pm: Networking Event for The NMC

*Timings all subject to change

Announcing the winners of The National Massage Championship 2019...

Judges Excellence Award Winner 2019: Kate Browne

1st: Bandara Pathmasiri
2nd: Ning Jaofai
3rd: Ann Abbs
1st: Monica Paslaru & Tamer Morsy (4 hand performance)
2nd: Jevgenijs Jarecs
3rd: Ian Tennant
1st: Jacques Humpich Poullard
2nd: Monica Paslaru
3rd: Chadanit Morris
1st: Cristian Sirbu
2nd: Paola Saunders
3rd: Una Tucker
Swedish/Deep Tissue
1st: Ning Jaofai
2nd: Samniang Boonlert
3rd: Ria Barlow
1st: Kate Browne
2nd: Tamer Morsy
3rd: Slav Marinov

Additional Award by Judges: Most Caring Therapist Georgia Curry



Mário De Sousa

The National Massage Championship 2018 Overall Winner

"Definitely participate in The National Massage Championship - it made a very positive impact in my career opening up fantastic opportunities for me and meeting fantastic people. 
I went on to enter The National Massage Championship in the chair massage category ending up winning over all. If you are thinking about entering the NMC then I wholeheartedly recommend it. 
“Because everything is possible when your heart drives your intention“

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Monica Paslaru

The National Massage Championship 2018 Finalist

"​In May 2018, somehow, I have done this crazy thing and got myself signed up for the World Massage Championship which was held in Copenhagen. I was overwhelmed with the response and support from my clients and friends after my announcement. 

Was I ready for a Championship? Probably not...but I took that risk...because, no matter what the outcome was going to be, nothing would have been a failure but a great learning experience. I met so many like minded, highly skilled Therapists on the day and I found watching them perform and listening to their drive and determination really inspiring.

A few months after the Worldwide Massage Championship, the UK have decided to hold a National Massage Championship and as you may have guessed already, I have signed up for it. Although I had some experience with championships already, I was somewhat nervous as I knew that the UK are a lot stricter, but it just meant I had to adapt a little to fit their criteria. If there is something that I did different this time, it was to change my mindset. This time I went in with an open mind and didn’t focus as much on the win. I just had fun, made new friends and once again, learnt new skills.

My dedication to massage has paid off and I came 1st in both categories I entered for: Freestyle and Wellness/Spa Categories. Entering the UK National Championship has opened some exciting doors, that you might not otherwise get, moving forward into my career, such as being on the judging panel at the European Massage Championship in Italy, being invited to teach workshops in America and last but not least, being approached by one of the biggest massage colleges in the UK to teach for them. Exciting!!!!!!

I am here, championing every person who wants to participate in such events. We all share the same passion and sharing knowledge with one another is such a valuable way to learn.  Always have confidence and courage… take that risk. Never let someone make you believe you aren’t capable of doing something. If you don’t believe in yourself or your idea, no one else will. 

As we all know, social media has the ability to make lives look all rosy and easy but the reality of hard work and achieving your goals is so far from that. In my experience nothing good, or worth having for that matter comes easy. You have to be willing to put in the hard work and you also have to be ready for and expect the mistakes, no matter how big or small – unfortunately it’s the best way to learn. You either win or learn, there is no failure.

Good luck and see you there!"


Tamer Morsy

The National Massage Championship 2018 2nd and 3rd place winner

"1 Month after I became a qualified Massage Therapist, I've decided to compete in the first UK national Massage Championship, my aim was just to meet other experienced therapists and learn new techniques, the outcome was stunning, I came in 2nd place in the Spa Wellness category, 3rd place in the Advanced Massage category and had the chance to compete in the Finale. The experience had an amazing impact on my confidence which helped with my career, it gave me the opportunity to meet the top employers in the field, meeting the judges who are the best therapists, also helped me to get to know amazing therapists, share experience and learn from one another. My advice for all the therapists out there to go for it, if you think you're not good enough or if you are a newly qualified therapist, I assure you that you'll win in many different ways."


Alexandra Fraser

The National Massage Championship 2018 Competitor

"I participated in the National Massage Championships at London's Olympia in 2018. 

I've been a Sports Massage Therapist for 9 years, working with professional athletes and sports teams. I have assisted them to reach optimal performance  throughout competitions, championships and world cups. I could never have imagined however that there would one day be a competition for massage therapists too! 

When I heard about it I decided to take the chance to test myself against UK's best, not only for myself but for the experience I could use to benefit my patients. 

The competition was very well organised, there was a supportive team who were happy to answer my questions and calm my nerves at the time I needed it the most. On the day of the competion I was very nervous up until I arrived. Then I met the judges and organisers, they put me and other Massage therapists at ease straight away. It was a fantastic opportunity to show the skills and exchange knowledge and experience with other professionals while also working on improving  techniques by making notes on the day about what could be improved in my own technique. I made professional connections with the other competitors and we keep in touch and plan to participate again. 

Thank you for the fantastic opportunity for the therapists and for the industry."

Photo by Jon Bradley
Photo by Jon Bradley
Photo by Jon Bradley

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Today there is an increasing awareness that massage therapy plays an important role in holistic health care. We are happy to be part of this more enlightened approach. Massage World is a quarterly magazine with a national and international audience of massage and bodywork professionals. Established 18 years ago, we are the first independent UK magazine focusing specifically on massage therapy and have a wealth of experience behind us. With articles on new and established techniques, business information, professional trends and regular features from experienced practitioners in the field, we keep our subscribers in touch with their work, their clients and their own health. Massage World is an active supporter of the General Council for Massage Therapy and it’s role in establishing Voluntary Self Regulation for the profession.

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CityLux is Mobile App and multi Award-Winning Luxury Mobile SPA company in London. Delivering Massage and Wellness Treatments to client Home/Hotel room/Office/  We work with top 1% Massage Therapists who are Qualified, Insured, Screened and Trained to CityLux 5* standards, most with international massage experience treating celebrities, athletes and foreign royal family members where therapists receive the highest commission in the industry!

With over 13x awards in massage and wellness industry (including Bronze medal at the World Massage Championship wellness massage). CityLux is Co-Organiser of The National Massage Championship

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Run by therapists for therapists, everyone who works at Massage Warehouse, is or has been a therapist. As treatment table specialists, they only stock products they use themselves and have been helping and advising fellow therapists for 15 years. With over 25 different treatment tables available Massage Warehouse have the biggest selection of massage tables and supplies in the UK. Visit their website or call the friendly staff on 01443 806590.

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If you're interested in the opportunities surrounding The National Massage Championship at Olympia Beauty 2020, including judges and sponsorships please email Laura Tarling at Laura.tarling@olympiabeauty.co.uk

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