About Us

The Holistic Academy is Bedfordshire’s home of holistic therapy training and provides fully accredited courses in Massage, Holistic and Healing Therapies.


Here, at The Holistic Academy, we prefer to train our therapists in small, intimate groups so each student receives quality, individual attention and support to ensure they feel confident in their training and professional practice.


Our specially tailored courses have been designed to cater for all therapists from those wishing to enter the field of holistic therapy to fully qualified therapists who wish to increase their repertoire for their clients or gain a more in-depth expertise in their chosen field.

Our founder and principle Elie Pettitt has over 10 years’ experience within the holistic therapy industry. Through her time and experience in this industry, she has found a natural understanding of how environmental factors, such as stress, occupation and lifestyle combined with the state of mind, fundamentally influence the physical body, day after day.


This natural intuition for targeting areas of stress and trauma in the physical body, whilst having an empathetic connection with her clients and students; combined with her extensive knowledge of the human anatomy, enables her to achieve effective results for both clients and students alike.


Our enthusiastic and motivational teaching style gives our students the confidence to deliver professional treatments to their clients and many have gone onto learn further advanced skills and treatments with us at The Holistic Academy.

“Elie, from The Holistic Academy is an incredibly supportive tutor who takes a methodical approach to the subject matter. Her extensive experience both in teaching and as a practitioner make her worth her weight in gold. Elie not only teaches you the skills to become a above competent massage practitioner but also instils in you a greater understanding of how to turn your skills into a commercial practise with a genuine heart centred approach to your clients.


Fastidious with health and safety and making sure all criteria are covered, it is though learning with Elie that I am a strong yet caring practitioner. All my best skills have come from Elie's teaching.


I recommend her every time someone asks me about qualifying.”


Marina K, Tiger Therapy

“Elie is an amazing tutor, but what makes Elie different is that she cares about what she does for her pupils and does her utmost to help her students get to the end result of achieving that qualification.


I have severe dyslexia and lost all confidence that I could learn anything new, Elie changed that - not only did she teach me about Anatomy and Physiology, she also taught me self-worth and  and that in itself was something I never thought I would achieve, let alone run a successful holistic therapy business


She is more than just a tutor, she is a reassuring, nurturing supportive individual as well as a natural healer. I owe a lot to the lovely Elie.”


Suzie R, Lubbly Bubbly

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