About Holistic College Dublin

Holistic College Dublin is renowned for the most comprehensive, cutting edge massage programs in Ireland.

Holistic College Dublin provides comprehensive, professional training in a wide range of therapies from foundation courses to the most advanced therapeutic training in Ireland. All of our training programmes are recognised for excellence in training standards and superb exam results! Holistic College Dublin is a registered provider for I.T.E.C. awards.

The iTEC qualifications delivered by HCD are regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual are the UK Office reporting directly to the UK Parliament for qualifications and regulation. Each iTEC/VTCT qualification bears a QAN number, which provides assurance of validity and authenticity and that it is on the RQF – Regulated Qualifications Framework. The UK regulatory framework articulates with the EQF – European Qualifications Framework for recognition of qualifications by international employers, governments and professional associations.

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What We Do

Holistic Massage

Using the classical movements of effleurage, petrissage, tapotment, friction & vibration.

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Sports Massage

Holistic College Dublin offers three levels of Sports Massage courses.

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Holistic College Dublin is renowned for comprehensive, cutting edge massage programs.

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Online Courses

Focused on development of specific techniques & skills that broaden your scope of practice.

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Our Team

Aubrey Gowing, College Director

Aubrey is a college director at Holistic College Dublin, and program developer for our cutting edge Sports Massage course and C.P.D. workshops. His 35 years clinical experience and 30 years teaching experience, enables him to bring high standards of professionalism and expertise to each diploma course and seminar. His qualifications include: Diplomas in Holistic Massage, Yoga Teaching, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Healing Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Seated On-Site Massage, Stone Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Fitness Instruction and Personal training, Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage levels 3,4 & 5, Orthopaedic Massage, Myoskeletal Therapy, Neuro-Structural Integration and certificates in Delivering Learning and Occupational First Aid.

Aubrey is the author of four books, the acclaimed ”Myoskeletal and Sports Therapy‘ series and the newly released ‘Kinesiology Taping Strategies‘ all of which reflect his ongoing interest in the pain free treatment of overuse, repetitive strain and chronic injuries. In addition to his busy international lecturing schedule, he has also served three successful terms as President of the Irish Massage Therapists Association. Aubrey is also a registered I.T.E.C instructor, and is on the national register of trainers with FAS/ Enterprise Ireland.

Alison Kavanagh, College Director

Alison is a college director at Holistic College Dublin. She has 36 years clinical experience and 35 years teaching experience, bringing great knowledge and enthusiasm to each diploma course.

Her qualifications include; Diplomas in Holistic Massage, Yoga Teaching, Healing Therapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Beauty Therapy, Fitness Instruction & Personal Training.

Remedial and Sports Massage, Indian Head Massage, Seated On-Site Massage, Pilates Instructor, Dr Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (all levels) and a Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy.

Prenatal (Pregnancy) and Post Partum Massage, Stone Therapy.

City & Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Delivering Learning and Occupational First Aid.

Alison is also a registered I.T.E.C instructor, and is on the national register of trainers with FAS/ Enterprise Ireland.

Qualification Awarding Bodies

Holistic College Dublin is a registered provider for ITEC and QQI awards.

About ITEC

ITEC is an international examination board offering a variety of qualifications worldwide.

ITEC provides over 35 qualifications that are UK government accredited by the Office of the Qualifications and Examination Regulator (OFQUAL), on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), and are registered on the National Qualifications Framework in the UK and Ireland. ITEC qualifications are easily transportable nationally and internationally.

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About Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

QQI is the state agency responsible for promoting the quality, integrity and reputation of Ireland’s further and higher education system.

Ensuring that learners achieve qualifications that are valued nationally and internationally.

Providing trusted information on the qualifications included on the National Framework of Qualifications.

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What They're Saying About Us

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The Story of Holistic College Dublin

Alison Kavanagh and Aubrey Gowing have been involved in Holistic therapies and Holistic Massage training courses for over three decades. This journey began from a very young age. Their father Don Gowing started the first Holistic Healing Centre in Ireland in the early 1980’s. As young children Alison and Aubrey were taught yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques alongside an awareness of the natural healing energy in the body, the effects of nutrition and the importance of eating foods as close to their natural state as possible.

These early influences sparked a curiosity and life long passion for effective bodywork, massage therapy, holistic health and well-being. Alison and Aubrey went on to explore and learn many different aspects of Holistic health, massage therapy and bodywork from international world renowned industry leaders. This inspired them to travel the world to study numerous therapies that promote relaxation including Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, On site massage and Hot Stone Massage to remedial and therapeutic bodywork such as Manual Lymph Drainage, Sports Massage, Orthopaedic Massage and Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques. Alison and Aubrey also studied exercise physiology, yoga teaching, pilates instruction, fitness instruction and personal training,

Alison studied a diverse range of therapies and had a particular interest in Healing, Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Manual Lymph Drainage and Pregnancy Massage. She then became very interested in therapeutic massage after studying with Leon Chaitow, Tom Myers, Benny Vaughn and Ben Benjamin. Alison was also interested in promoting and developing industry standards and she worked on policies and procedures for quality assurance which she agreed and got accredited by QQI and iTEC.

Aubrey’s initial interest in Yoga teaching was quickly eclipsed by his love of teaching therapies, with a special focus on Sports Massage and the treatment of chronic pain conditions. This inspired him to follow in his sister’s footsteps and seek out the most eminent industry professionals from around the world. Initially studying with them and later collaborating with world leaders on international projects that, to date, have spanned 4 continents.

Now halfway through their fourth decade as therapists and educators, Alison & Aubrey fulfil many roles at Holistic College Dublin, including College Directors, tutors for Holistic Massage, Reflexology, Sports massage courses and content creators for innovative continuing professional development courses. Alison and Aubrey are authors and continue to develop, design and deliver new courses, seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally. So far they have delivered 200+ full diploma courses, 60+ seminars and produced over 5,000 trained Massage Therapists!

All of this accumulated expertise has allowed them to teach and share their passion for effective bodywork to inspire students to become highly trained, sought after Therapists with great underpinning knowledge and excellent hands on practical skills.

Alison and Aubrey continue to contribute to the understanding and development of this industry. Aubrey served three terms as President of the Irish Massage Therapists Association and Alison served as Communications officer on the executive committee. They also developed and wrote course manuals for each Diploma course, a bespoke online learning platform with instructional videos of each therapy, online lectures and pop quizzes to support students and enhance their learning experience. Alison and Aubrey would like to welcome you to Holistic College Dublin and they look forward to guiding the next generation of Therapists to great success.