American Massage Training UK offers online, hands-on, and CPD courses in various disciplines of massage therapy. All of the coursework offered is approved by professional awarding bodies in the UK and USA.
We strive to offer the highest standard of cost-effective online and practical training to those seeking to enhance their careers as massage therapists, complementary therapists or beauty therapists in the UK.
American Massage Training UK was founded by Jodi Romaker to offer professional online, practical, and CPD courses in various disciplines of massage therapy.
Jodi graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona in 1989, with 1,000 hours of classroom training in massage therapy and related courses such as anatomy and physiology and sports massage. While in Tucson, she worked at five-star resorts whilst gaining experience working with professional golfers and American football players. Her sports massage experience over the years has included the International Weightlifting Championships, The International Judo Championships, Olympic athletes and Professional Golf Tournaments. As the touring manager of a dance troupe, Jodi followed the company to New York City in 1989 where her massage therapy practice focused on performing artists such as professional actors, professional musicians, and professional dancers.
Jodi left New York City to work on a five-star cruise ship as Managing Massage Therapist and Spa Manager. While aboard ship, she had the opportunity to work with professional basketball players, sponsors of the Barcelona Olympics and cruises of celebrities. After almost 2 years aboard ship, in 1992 Jodi backpacked around the world for 6 months whilst exploring various body/mind therapies and philosophies in other countries.
Since 1992, Jodi began to focus more on sports and accident-related injuries and physical rehabilitation through the referrals of physicians in the USA. She also performed on-site chair massages for corporations, including Jeep/Daimler Chrysler. Her massage practice also included working with psychologists on patients recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions, and grief/loss. In 1992 she co-founded a company called Back to Back, which employed and managed several massage therapists.
In 1997, Ms. Romaker founded Orion Institute, a successful USA nationally accredited school for allied healthcare such as Advanced Massage Therapy and Medical Assisting. Starting a school and obtaining the highest US government approvals is not an easy feat for one person, so Jodi was nominated 3 times for Entrepreneur of the year in the state of Ohio. In 2018, Ms. Romaker decided to sell Orion Institute to focus on offering massage therapy training and CPD classes in the UK as well as offering continuing education trips for massage therapists from the USA.
Jodi's continued professional development is vast and has included a certification in aromatherapy, studies in La Stone Therapy, Dr. Vodder's Lymphatic Drainage, advanced sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, positional release, postural assessment, reflexology, Indian Head Massage, and myofascial release, to name a few. Jodi also has several years of teaching experience in the field of massage therapy and curriculum development.
Her experience has included working with many types of individuals, including cancer patients, elderly persons, children, physically challenged individuals, athletes, people with emotional disorders, recovering addicts, patients recovering from accidents and/or traumas and working on dogs recovering from (IVDD) intervertebral disc disease.
In 1993, Jodi received her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and became licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio. After studying at Wittenberg University and the Ohio State University, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Supervision from the University of Toledo. In addition to teaching, she serves as a trustee and Treasurer for Windsor and Maidenhead Youth and Community Counselling Service, a voluntary organisation and charity which offers free counselling to young people and those who care for them.
All of our courses are designed with the highest standards that meet the criteria for various professional awarding bodies such as the ones listed below.
For over 40 years, FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) has been the oldest and leading professional association for complementary, beauty, and sports therapists in the UK and Ireland. FHT has the largest membership of any multidisciplinary therapy organisation in the UK and is independent of any external commercial interests. The organisation enforces high professional standards, requiring members to abide by a strict Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
All of the courses that are FHT approved also follow the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in the UK. The NOS are statements of the standards of performance that individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace. Courses that have been approved by the FHT may also accepted for insurance purposes.
The Guild of Beauty Therapists accredits more training centres and courses than any other organisation in the UK, which makes Guild accredited training one of the most sought after in the industry. The Guild is also the largest professional beauty trade body in the UK, and the largest provider of insurance to therapists, spas and salons. All of our courses that have been approved by the Guild may also accepted for insurance purposes.
The National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in the USA has approved our CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses which are offered on our European Spa Trip and our UK Roman Spa Trip.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, non-profit organisation in the USA that fosters high standards of ethical and professional practice through a recognised certification program. NCBTMB certifies massage and bodywork practitioners on behalf of the profession for the benefit of consumers and employers. NCBTMB’s certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), which a national, non-governmental, public protection and standards-setting organization.