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New to Massage & Beauty?

General advice for those who are new to massage or are looking to start a career in massage

Are You A Beginner Or Need Some Helpful Advice About Massage And Beauty Courses?

We have thousands of people train with us every year, complete beginners for example police men and women, air hostess - flight attendants, office workers, mums, retired men and women, members of the NHS all looking for a rewarding career change or just looking to use therapies with family and friends - all are welcome!

Many people due to the credit crunch are also looking for an extra income too so training as a therapist is ideal.

This page will answer all the questions you will have and give you general advice about which courses to take, insurance etc. Please scroll down this page to view all the information and feel free to call us if you have any further questions.

Many people are now offering therapies at the weekend or evenings giving them an extra income. We have found that often people enjoy being a therapist so much they often look to give up their full time job to pursue a career as a massage therapist. With Gateway Workshops TM this is available with our professional training, advice and wide range of courses on offer.

There are many courses on offer and it can be confusing choosing the right one, we are here to help. There are many different options however the two most popular are either to train in full body massage as a professional therapist or if you are not interested in offering holistic massage you can train in our one day practitioner courses.


As a beginner what are the best options available to me?

If you are a beginner you may wish to start with our one day courses to see if you are suited to massage and if you really enjoy training in these you can then go onto learning the full body massage course as this is a longer and more costly commitment.There are two paths most people consider when thinking about training - either to offer full body massage or other therapies like Indian head massage, facial massage, chair massage or foot/hand massage. Some people do not wish to offer full body massage so the other options we offer are ideal. It really is personal choice, others like to offer both holistic full body massage and a variety of other therapies.

All our one day practitioner courses are recognised and insurable allowing you to use these with the general public and charge as a professional therapist. You can also attend and learn these just for use with family and friends this is your choice, we offer small classes ensuring individual attention with passionate and caring tutors who are excellent in their fields.

To view all the courses we have on offer please visit our web site home page and choose the courses available page.


Do I need previous experience to join your one day courses?

If you are a complete beginner you do NOT need previous experience for the following one day courses:

  • Chair Massage Seated Acupressure Diploma Course
  • First Aid Courses
  • HSE Certificate Hand, Arm, Leg & Feet Massage Diploma Courses
  • Hopi Ear Candling Diploma Course
  • Indian Head Massage Diploma Course
  • Massage For Beginners, Singles and Couples introduction Workshop
  • Natural Lift Facial Massage Diploma Course
  • Reiki and Seichem Healing Course
  • Thai Foot Massage Diploma Course
  • And All our Beauty Courses

You will be able to get insurance and use the therapies above with the general public and charge click here for therapist insurance information.

You will notice that our other one day advanced massage courses are designed for existing therapists only, so they can add training to offer more therapies to their clients. For example the hot stone massage course, the advanced, deep tissue, MLD, Pregnancy etc, these you would need a qualification in full body massage and A & P NVQ level 3 to attend. 

All courses will tell you on the course page if previous experience is required.


More information about training in full body holistic/swedish massage

If you wish to train as a professional massage therapist offering full body massage (know as Holistic or Swedish body massage) you will need to train in a recognised qualification so you can obtain insurance and use this therapy with the general public and be able to charge.

An internationally recognised qualification is ITEC or BTEC and these are highly regarded in the industry.Holistic massage is the same as Swedish massage and will allow you to learn everything you need to become a professional massage therapist.

The course we offer includes all of the following - Full Body Holistic Massage, Anatomy & Physiology, First Aid & Business Awareness/Setting up in Business.To view this course information please click on the link below:
Itec & Btec Level 4 Swedish Full Body Holistic Massage Course

We also promote a different school offering ITEC Holistic Massage Diploma courses in Devon - this can be found on our course list. Many students travel to Devon from all over the UK so this is another alternative venue to consider.

What Are The Advantages Learning Massage At A Private School Rather Than At A College?

The massage course we promote is a Fast Track /Intensive Holistic Massage Diploma for people who want to study quickly. The massage course is provided as two blocks of ten dynamic and energetic days over 3 months. This is ideal for those of you who do not wish to attend a college course which can take a year with many evening classes.

The other advantage is that you do not have as many students attending which will give you more one to one tuition. At a college you can have as many as 40 students in a class and you can get lost in numbers. A private course allows you to attend a class with smaller numbers, which is excellent giving you the attention you need.

We hope this has been helpful, if you have any other questions please feel free to email us by using the contact us page on our web site.

We also have a FAQ page which covers many of the questions about our courses and also a page with regards to the professional bodies and also therapist insurance.

If I can be of any further help please feel free to call or email, you can call us 0333 121 0742. This call is free on mobiles (using your free minutes) and a local rate call on landlines.

Admin Office hours - 11am - 5.30pm Monday – Friday.
Closed weekends, however you are still able to book online 24 hours a day as your booking goes straight through to the tutor.


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