Dorn Method Training

Who Learns Dorn?

The Dorn Method is relativly easy to learn and only requires a short learning curve. This makes it open and freely available to everyone, there are no requirements other than an eagerness to learn this wonderful therapy. Indeed, some people simply wish to learn Dorn from a personal perspective in order to treat themselves, family and friends. It's also been heard that in Germany, Dorn Method self-help exercises are now taught in some Kindergartens.

The Dorn Method's short learning curve and simplicity however is also one of it's great strengths, making Dorn an excellent and easy to add 'bolt-on' skill. As a result of this, professional Complementary Therapists from all disciplines, and increasingly even some General Practitioners are adding Dorn to their skill set, enabling them to help more people instead of turning them away or refering them on.


What does Dorn Training involve?

Dorn training usually begins with a minimum 2-day workshop. A quality workshop which can be approved by the DMTA should provide all the necessary techniques and information needed to begin practising Dorn, and be accredited by a recognised organisation such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) or the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).

After the initial workshop, students are expected to attend practise days and/or an advanced workshop to further increase their experience and knowledge. A selection of case studies, normally around 20 (treatment/client combinations), are also required leading to a competency review at one of the practise days. Each training provider will differ slightly in their approach and requirements, however those described here are the required minimum that the DMTA advises for reasons of public safety and to set a minimum standard of professionalism.


Can I really practise Dorn after a weekend course?

People are often surprised that a single weekend course is quoted as sufficient for Therapists to practise Dorn, and perhaps even to achieve the desired results. However note that the word practise does not necessarily mean charging clients as a professional Dorn Therapist straight after the first Dorn Method Workshop or course - as it does indeed take time to become proficient from experience. Certainly we expect all Dorn therapists to have the minumum training and experience as explained above.

There is also the question of public safety and therefore if a Complementary Therapist wishes to offer Dorn as a part of their practice, they should undergo sufficient training and experience to satisfy DMTA miniumum standards and gain approval from their own Authorised Instructor.

Dorn however, if followed correctly is very safe indeed and excellent results can be achieved very quickly, often with the first case study; however a student's existing qualifications, skills, professional background and personal natural ability of course come into consideration. How soon one can begin practising professionally really depends upon the above mentioned factors and the students own determination and efforts to become a good Dorn Therapist.


What pre-requisites do I need to study Dorn?

Anyone can learn Dorn to treat family and friends, it doesn't have to be learned for professional reasons. Complementary Therapists wishing to treat their Clients are required by the FHT and CThA to have a massage qualification and Level 3 in Anatomy and Physiology for insurance purposes. However Dorn Method insurance can also be gained from other organisations if these particular qualifications are not held and where the student has a different background.


How soon can I offer Dorn as part of my Practice?

Again as described above that will depend upon your existing skills, qualifications and background experience. Insurance for practising Dorn is available to Therapists after an approved training workshop and the above FTH/CThA pre-requisite qualifications have been met.

To get a listing in the DMTA Dorn Method Therapists Directory students will need to complete at least 20 case studies, attend at least one practise day or further training event such as an Advanced Workshop before presenting themselves for a competency review to an Authorised Dorn Method Instructor who should issue further certification and listing approval.


Where can I get Training?

The DMTA recognises Dorn training provided by Authorised Dorn Method Instructors. These must have been authorised by Dieter Dorn himself or by other Authorised Instructors. Training course details from such Instructors who have registered at the DMTA may be listed opposite.

Authorised Training Providers


The UK Dorn Method Centre

Next course dates as follows:

  • 18th - 19th April 2020
  • 6th - 7th June 2020

For more information about these courses, please visit the website of the UK Dorn Method Centre


Dorn Method Lake District

Next course dates as follows:

  • 28th - 29th March 2020
  • 25th - 26th April 2020
  • 30th - 31st May 2020
  • 27th - 28th June 2020
  • 11th - 12th July 2020

For more information about these courses, please visit the website of
Dorn Method Lake District


Want to list your Courses here?

Are you an Authorised Dorn instructor wanting to provide quality Dorn Method Training? If you would like to list your courses here, please register and apply here.


Disclaimer: The DMTA does not guarantee the effectiveness of Dorn Method treatment in any individual case nor does it accept any liability whatsoever for DMTA Members or Authorised Dorn Method Instructors whether or not failing to conform to the DMTA Practice Agreement and Code of Ethics & Conduct