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The Western School is an established and respected training organisation

About Us

The School

The Western School is an established and respected training organisation dedicated to providing accredited, quality education across the field of massage and related topics.

The purpose of the school is to provide professional courses designed to:

  • meet the needs of all therapy practitioners whether they are first-time students or experienced practitioners.
  • meet and exceed the requirements of the relevant professional bodies and the emerging standards proposed by the Government.
  • train competent and safe therapists in a positive, motivated, enthusiastic and enjoyable environment.

The Western School is affiliated to the:
Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation, which is a founder member of the General Council for Massage Therapy.

The People

Zana Lamont - School Principal

Zana Lamont - School Principal

Zana qualified in Osteopathy, Advanced Remedial Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Human Givens Counselling. In addition to being the principal of the Western School, Zana runs a practice in Ayr and is also involved in promoting and delivering a range of programmes in the community, including self development, stress management and psychoneuroimmunology (body-mind connection). She works with a wide variety of groups, both within and outwith the NHS. She holds a Diploma in teaching and has been involved in training of one sort or another for 30 years. She is passionate about the benefits of massage and about the importance of looking after the person as a whole, not just treating the symptom.

John Lamont - Head of Studies

John Lamont - Head of Studies

John qualified in Manipulative Therapy, Sports & Advanced Remedial Massage and On-site massage. As well as being Head of Studies at the Western, John runs a practice in Ayr specialising in sports and biomechanical injuries and conditions. As a qualified F.E. lecturer and in addition to his teaching at the Western School, he has been involved in the delivery of Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy training in further education colleges. With wide experience in training and management both in the therapeutic and corporate business fields, John is involved in practice management tuition, individual personal development and life coaching. He also takes part in motivational and after-dinner speaking which he enjoys far too much to call it work.

Dr Susie Young - MBChB, BSc(Hons), MRCP, FRCA, DSM - Guest Tutor ~ Physiology & Pathology

Dr Susie Young

As well as studying medicine at Glasgow University Susie also gained an honours degree in Physiology. Along the way she also attended, and graduated from, a Western School Swedish Massage course (hence the DSM after her name). Since then she has regularly lectured at the school.

She has recently finished her time as a senior registrar and expects to be appointed as a consultant anaesthetist in the near future.

As well as short periods spent working abroad in New Zealand and Canada, Susie is involved with Médecins Sans Frontières.

Alison Cullen - BA (Hons), DN, DNT (Dist) - Guest Tutor ~ Nutrition

Alison Cullen

Alison works as a nutritional therapist in Glasgow but also travels nationally and internationally in her capacity as therapist and lecturer.

She is passionate about the health benefits of good nutrition and dedicated to educating the public as to exactly what that is!

She writes a regular column in a number of health journals and also works for a cancer nutrition charity.

  • Scott Liddell
    Scott Liddell
    Tutor & Practical Assistant
  • Jane Rogers
    Jane Rogers
    Practical Assistant
  • Ben Swinburne
    Ben Swinburne
    Practical Assistant
  • Kara Mackay
    Kara Mackay
    Practical Assistant
  • administrator
  • Rachel Paisley
    Rachel Paisley
    Practical Assistant

The Place

caledonian university

Most courses run by the school are held at Glasgow Caledonian University situated in the heart of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. The University is located close to all major transport links.

The University is situated within easy walking distance of both Queen Street Station and Central Station.

The University is only 100 yards from Buchanan Bus Station.

The University is close to both Buchanan Street and Cowcaddens Underground stations.

The University is easily accessible from the M8 motorway and ample local parking is available.

Approaching on the M8 from EAST/SOUTH
Leave the motorway at junction 16 and take the first exit to the left, halfway down the slip road. Turn left at the second set of traffic lights. Pass the Scotrail building on the left and turn left at the traffic lights. The university entrance is then first left (opposite the multi-storey car park).

Approaching on the M8 from the WEST
Leave motorway at junction 19 keeping to the left lane of the Kingston Bridge marked 'City Centre'. Follow the road through several sets of traffic lights to T-junction at the intersection of Bothwell Street and Hope Street. Turn left up Hope Street. Pass through several sets of traffic lights and at the T-junction at the top of Hope Street turn right. Pass through one set of traffic lights. The university entrance is then first left (opposite the multi-storey car park).

Glasgow Airport is situated approximately 10 miles to the west of the City Centre, approximately 30 minutes by taxi. Additionally there is a regular direct bus link to the airport from Buchanan Street Bus Station.