About Hands Free Massage

Hands Free Massage encourages the use of forearms to deliver the majority of your massage.

The elbows (and other areas close to the elbow) and body weight are used for applying firm pressure.

Effective body use is incorporated to help you give a better and strain free massage.

By saving your thumbs and wrists (the most common areas of work-related strain) and protect​ing​ your body, ​HFM enables you to maintain a long career as a massage practitioner​.​

The Hands Free Massage courses focus on techniques which can easily be blended into any type of massage that you offer.

Any massage should maintain a focused balance between the needs of the client and practitioner. Through mastering HFM, you will find thus further reducing strain and fatigue.

If you experience persistent strain and fatigue or want to avoid reaching that stage (or perhaps you want to expand your repertoire) come an learn Hands Free Massage with us!

HFM will transform your practice!

In addition to learning specific techniques, you are taught how to

  • use these ‘tools’ in a skilful, responsive way rather than using them to ‘mash’ the client – monitoring and adapting to the client’s responses
  • use and move your body to support the work of your forearm and elbow – how to be most effective with least effort
  • blend Hands Free techniques smoothly into massage your treatments

The history of Hands Free Massage

HFM was developed by Darien Pritchard.

Understanding body dynamics and effective body use
Understanding body dynamics and effective body use

He celebrates over 45 years as a bodywork practitioner and teacher, has been using his forearms and elbows for much of that time (without which he would have been unable to sustain his career).

He was particularly inspired by receiving deep tissue and Hawaiian massage treatments, and adapted these massage ‘tools’ to deliver ‘Swedish Massage-style’ and deep tissue massage techniques.

He began calling it Hands Free Massage when he started teaching it as a distinctive CPD training nearly 25 years ago.

There are 3 levels of Hands Free Massage


See the calendar for dates for the above workshops and trainings

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