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7 March 2014


This will be sent out by your tutor, when you sign up for a course and by ticking you agree to our terms and conditions in full you agree to adhere to this request with regards to letting us know about any health issues you may have.

The tutor will send you the following:

Important - We as tutors put your safety and comfort first at all times and as with any treatments there are contra-indications to consider which MAY affect you attending / your involvement/participation on the course. This also applies for all the other students on the course - the person or paying friend you will be pairing up with to practice. If you have any concerns I am happy to cover these before the course.

Please confirm if you are under treatment from your GP and other practitioners for any of the following:

Pregnancy - Are you within the first three months? Cancer, HIV and AIDS, Epilepsy, HBP or heart conditions, Infectious skin disorders like chicken pox, Contagious illness, Diabetes (if skin is very thin bruising may occur), Paralysis or loss of sensation

Recent surgery on neck or face (if attending Natural Lift Facial Massage/ Indian Head Massage any other facial course)
 You may need a letter from your GP stating that it is safe/appropriate for you to give and receive a massage treatment on a one-day course. Care should also be taken if you are suffering from the following during the day of the course.  Again this may affect your participation on the course:

Local Psoriasis or Eczema - open sores or infections to the skin or ears, Cold sores, High temperature or fever, Drunk or under the influence of other drugs, Local pain such as toothache, Sunburnt, hypersensitive or broken skin, Acute inflammation or swelling, Severe acne, Procedures such as Botox in the previous three weeks, Conjunctivitis

You will be given a health waiver to sign on the day of your course which will ask you to state that - You are in good physical condition and fully able to participate in the course and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional and that you certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation at the training course. If for any reason you refuse to sign this on the day you will not be allowed to attend and train with us you will waive the right to a refund of your course for all monies paid including the deposit.

in-house salon beauty training

4 January 2014

Do you own a salon?

Are you looking for in-house beauty salon training?

Are looking for professional quality training? Here at Gateway we can provide this for you.

We offer in-house training and have trained therapists at large professional salons like Dior and the Sanctuary

Here at Gateway we provide professional in-house training for all of our courses.

We offer this for 4 or more students and if you have 8 we can offer one place free. We ask for a minimum of 4 for the tutor to travel to you.

A tutor coming to you for in-house training will bring all the manuals and certificates with them (this will be included in the price) including all materials and this also includes VAT, we do not charge for the tutors travel costs.

All of our courses are fully accredited with a recognised and approved diploma qualification.

If you have possible dates in mind, you are welcome to send these to us so we can check the tutors availability for you.

Please contact Sue Bailey who is the director of Gateway Workshops LTD


We look forward to your enquiry

in-house massage salon training

4 January 2014

Do you own a salon?

Are looking for professional quality training?

Here at Gateway we can provide this for you.

We offer in-house training and have trained therapists at large professional salons like Dior and the Sanctuary

Here at Gateway we provide professional in-house training for all of our courses.

We offer this for 4 or more students and if you have 8 we can offer one place free. We ask for a minimum of 4 for the tutor to travel to you.

A tutor coming to you for in-house training will bring all the manuals and certificates with them (this will be included in the price) including all materials and this also includes VAT, we do not charge for the tutors travel costs.

All of our courses are fully accredited with a recognised and approved diploma qualification.

If you have possible dates in mind, you are welcome to send these to us so we can check the tutors availability for you.

Please contact Sue Bailey who is the director of Gateway Workshops LTD


We look forward to your enquiry

Create a more Pro-Touch Society

10 December 2013

Join Gill Tree's campaign to create a more Pro-Touch Society


This manifesto seeks to raise the professional status and recognition of the Massage industry; celebrating its contribution to individuals, companies and the economy. It intends to influence society to become more nurturing, pro-touch and to push for Massage to be more frequently considered particularly for chronic (long-term) conditions where GP’s have identified gaps in their effectiveness. 

“Half of all GP appointments, and £7 in every £10 spent on health and social care, is taken up caring for people living with long-term conditions. As the population  ages, the proportion of people affected and the demand on health and social services will continue to rise. A growing body of evidence shows that, done properly, a system that supports people with long-term conditions to manage their own health has benefits for the person, their health and for health services.

We can all benefit from the stress reducing effects of massage. One in five visits to GP surgeries are stress related  and the 2013 NHS information centre survey revealed that hospital admissions for stress have risen by 7% in just twelve months. Massage provides a preventative role in health care whilst also reducing the symptoms of many diseases and disorders. It is widely used in managing back pain, has a role to play in reducing absenteeism at work and is employed in specialist hospitals in assisting in recovery from treatment and surgery. It can raise self esteem and self worth amongst the sick, mentally ill and elderly and is widely provided throughout the UK in hospices often by massage therapists who volunteer their time to improve quality of life and reduce the pain and suffering of the terminally ill.

We need to create a cultural shift that recognises the crucial importance of touch for our mental and physical wellbeing and embrace the professional role of the Massage therapist as a catalyst for the release of stress, tension and stimulated good health.

The current barriers to affective access to massage as a therapeutic and preventative intervention need to be eliminated through improved accessibility; overcoming the fear of touch, meeting the costs of treatment for the vulnerable and ill, increasing professional standards and improving the quality and content of educational provision.

Massage is not a luxury for the few, a reward or treat but an essential, cost effective and often cost saving therapy. Nurturing touch for the infant is more important than food. Without it a child can suffer marasmus- they wither away and die. Research tells us that a society where children are held closely to their mother for their first year in life is 60% more likely to be a non-violent society. Beyond infancy; it is equally important for a grown person to stay chemically balanced.

We are currently limited and even damaged by the ‘duties of care’ that inhibit teachers, social workers and foster carers from comforting a child.  I am concerned that we are regulating against human nature. Care homes and hospitals are struggling to care sufficiently for the elderly due to regulations and processes that take time away from the patient. Busy working parents have less time to be tactile with their children. Giving nurturing touch to the young whilst teaching them to say yes or no, empowers them to assert themselves to reject unwanted touch, reduce the opportunity for abuse and teenage pregnancies.

Society is displaying unrest through delinquency, isolation, violence, loneliness, stress, illness, mental illness and abuse of others. By more readily accepting touch we can build a more tactile, loving, respectful and stable society.

The majority of Massage therapists are self employed and are a dedicated group of people who make a huge difference through their work both paid and voluntary. The growth of this Massage industry would contribute greatly to the society and the economy.

Manifesto Actions

    1.  Make Massage and other touch therapies more accessible in a balanced health care system via the National Health Service and Private Medical Health Insurance

- Educate primary health care givers in the benefits of touch as an appropriate language of care within their work

- Ensure massage is provided for conditions where GP’s have identified gaps in effectiveness. (Arthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders, stress anxiety and depression, cancer, heart conditions, stroke, irritable bowel syndrome, skin conditions and insomnia)

- Develop a prescription program whereby GP’s consider and prescribe massage for their patients where indicated

    2. Raise the professional status of the massage industry and increase the recognition for the way the industry is contributing to and supporting society

- Improve the business skills and acumen of Massage therapists by offering business training

- Equip our youths to have the skills and qualifications to join the massage industry and to run their own businesses, working  with the Further Education Sector

- Up skill Beauty Therapists with  more advanced and varied Massage techniques, stress awareness, improved consultation skills, communication skills, professional demeanour and greater empathy for understanding the emotional and physical needs of their client

    3. Build a statistical awareness of the economic and therapeutic value that massage has in society and organise a campaign to educate society to demonstrate how Massage and touch are not a luxury

- Conduct research to measure savings in medical costs - from the common use of massage/positive touch in neonatal units, cancer hospitals and hospices and including the treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia and injury to muscles

- Celebrate such hospitals, hospices and care centres and those therapists who provide treatments as a volunteer

- Create case studies on how massage can help relieve or prevent stress related diseases and disorders

- Measure the contribution massage could make towards the UK’s economic recovery

- Educate the public and the medical profession to realise the preventative nature of Massage

- Build a directory and celebrate companies who provide access to Massage as part of their employee welfare program, whilst encouraging others to do the same

- Track the number of hours therapists provide massage on a voluntary basis and provide awards to those offering the most

    ​4. Reduce the limitations and damage caused by regulations and ‘duties of care’ that prevent instinctive and natural touch in our institutions and by service providers

- Raise awareness that there is no “no touch policy”

- Promote training programs  that teach positive touch as a natural interaction between children

- Teach care givers such as nurses, neo natal nurses and carers in homes simple massage skills that impart a sense of wellbeing, respect and being nurtured by the receiver. Ensure carers also receive massage and positive touch.

    5. Reduce and prevent inappropriate touch through empowering the receiver to say no

- Actively promote training programs that ensure there is a clear distinction between caring, loving touch and inappropriate touch, so our children are safely and appropriately cared for and nurtured

- Teach young babies to say no to touch when they do not want it

- Reduce unwanted touch, abuse and teenage pregnancies

    6. Provide a mechanism for ‘Massage For All’ to ensure the vulnerable and poor in society still have access when needed and make massage and the power of touch accessible at the point of need

- Create a ‘Therapist Donation Box’ for clients to offer donation

- Promote the organisation of  local therapists booking services, to  offer an ‘on call’ service to treat those in instant need due to stress, discomfort, grief or injury

- Ensure the Touch Foundation is acting as an efficient broker between therapists who wish to volunteer and those in need



The 14 Best Types of Massage Therapy

22 August 2013

The 14 Best Types of Massage Therapy

Different types of massage therapy

Did you ever have a massage but didn’t get what you expected? It was too deep or it was too light for you?

Massages are not something you experience every day, and when you decide to try it you want it to be an  amazing experience. Especially when you make a spa gift certificate to someone who never had a massage.

So many types of massage and you have to choose only one. It can be tough.

First choose a type of massage from one of the following categories.

    Massages that treat – They are painful and you may feel sore the next day, but they have a therapeutic effect on your body and a few days later you will feel much better.
    Massages that relax – They relax your body and mind so much that you can even fall asleep during the massage. This type of massage is enjoyable and is great for those who want to try massage for the first time.

Here are 14 types of massage to be aware of when choosing the best massage.

1.  Swedish massage

If you never had a massage before I would recommend to start with Swedish massage.

By far Swedish massage is the most popular form of massage.

Generically Swedish massage is often referred to as “relaxation massage”. A Swedish massage requires you to be unclothed because massage lotion or oil is applied on your body to minimize friction. Swedish massage is performed on a massage table.

The parts of the body that the therapist is not working on are covered with sheets.

Swedish massage is the best introductory technique for those who never had massage, because it doesn’t involve deep pressure and it’s a soothing form of bodywork.

2. Shiatsu massage

Shiatsu – all you have to do is press.

Shiatsu is a simplistic massage style.

It is performed on a mat on the floor and the patient is fully clothed as no oil is used.

The main technique in shiatsu is applying pressure using fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees to the acupoints which are situated along the meridians of your body. Each point is held for 2 to 8 seconds to improve the flow of chi and help the body regain balance.

The therapist uses his own body weight to apply pressure, so it can be quite deep in many places. Though the pressure is firm, there is usually no soreness after shiatsu.

3. Thai massage

Just like shiatsu thai massage is a simplistic massage style. The patient is fully clothed and oil is not used. The treatment is performed on a mat on the floor, because the therapist will have to change your position very often.

If you think you’ll lie calmly and relaxed during thai massage, you are wrong. Thai massage is one of the most dynamic form of massage.

The massage therapist will move your body quite a lot, positioning it into different stretching poses which are very much alike the yoga poses.

After thai massage you’ll feel like after a yoga class.

Besides the stretching there is also keen attention to acupressure points. It also includes compression of muscles and mobilization of joints.

4. Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage is one of the most relaxing forms of massage therapy, but it’s less therapeutic than Swedish massage, for example. The massage therapist is not able to feel how the muscles are reacting to the pressure.

Smooth warmed basalt stones are heated and are massaged over the body. The stones are placed on shoulders and on back muscles to increase circulation and promote relaxation.

Hot stones are quite soothing and relaxing, as they transmit heat deep into the body and loosen tight muscles and balances the energy centers in the body.

Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.

5. Lymphatic massage

Lymphatic massage aims to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system by applying light, gentle, repetitive strokes.

A healthy lymph system requires that muscle cells are able to contract smoothly in the walls of lymph vessels so that muscles can shepherd lymphatic fluid through the vessels, lymph nodes, and the rest of the body.

Lymphatic massage isn’t a good fit for those looking for a more intense, hard-pressured massage. Instead, it is excellent for those who want to detoxify their body or reduce the swelling post injury or surgery.

6. Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is another popular form of bodywork.

In the majority of cases people feel discomfort or pain during deep tissue massage. It’s ok to feel soreness or swelling in the regions that were massaged after a deep tissue massage. It should subside within a day or so.

Deep tissue is best to apply on certain painful and stiff regions on your body. The massage therapist applies slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on specific layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin.

Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back pain.

7. Reflexology

According to reflexology, all the organs of the body are mapped on the feet, hands or ears. Applying finger pressure on certain points it links to various internal organs and promotes healing.

Reflexology can also be performed on the reflex points on your hands and ears.

It can be a perfect therapy for those who spend long hours on their feet.

8. Sports massage

Sports massage is not designed for relaxation purpose. It is firstly designed for people who are involved in physical activity, especially athletes.

Sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training before and in between events during an athletic competition to warm and loosen their muscle. After the competition it may help to facilitate recover and rehabilitate injuries.

Many athletes receive regular massage to help optimize performance by improving flexibility, increasing range of motion and improving muscle balance.

The main focus is on enhancing athletic performance.

9. Aromatherapy massage

In aromatherapy massage essential oils are incorporated into the oil that is massaged into your skin.

Single or mixed essential oils are used in aromatherapy massage to address specific needs. To achieve better therapeutic results the massage therapists usually uses a mixture of essential oils for the treatment.

Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions with an emotional component.

10. Lomi lomi

Lomi lomi is a Hawaiian form of massage and has many similarities with Swedish massage. It’s a very relaxing type of massage.

During the lomi lomi session the therapist is repeating a prayer which means that there is no conversation between the therapist and the patient.

The important part of this bodywork is that the practitioner focuses on the client using loving hands and loving heart. Lomi lomi facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels and it views all these aspects of the body as one.

In lomi lomi massage the person lies directly on the vinyl of the table and not on a towel, and rather than being covered completely by towels, is covered by a small sheet or towel leaving most of the body exposed during the massage.

11. Rolfing

Rolfing is painful. It’s tough to go to these sessions.

Rolfing is an uncomfortable deep massage. Many patients report soreness in muscles and joints after rolfing, but it’s truly a massage therapy technique that is highly recommended to any chronic pain sufferer.

The theory behind rolfing is that the body’s aches and pains arose from basic imbalances in posture and ailment, which were created and reinforced over time by gravity.

For example, our modern sedentary lifestyle has resulted in poor posture and the body’s muscles develop patterns of unnatural contractions. Rolfing aims to restructure and realign the body with it’s center of gravity and with the earth.

12. Cupping therapy

Cupping is a great alternative for those who don’t enjoy massage. In massage the therapist pushes the layers of the tissue in, while in cupping massage the tissues are sucked out.

The therapist uses oil on your back to facilitate a better slide of the cups on the body. The therapist creates vacuum inside the cup and puts them on the back of the patient. The therapist slowly moves the cups along the meridians on the back facilitating blood flow and getting some fresh oxygenated blood to the area.

13. Ashiatsu

If you need a deeper kind of massage, try ashiatsu.

In ashiatsu the massage therapist literally is walking on your back and uses bars to support himself and vary pressure and weight.

This technique uses the principles of shiatsu, but the technique is performed barefoot on the back on the recipient’s body.

14. Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic body massage uses warmed oil and applies continuous strokes and techniques, which is very relaxing. But that’s not all.

Before the massage is necessary to take a hot shower to soften and loosen the skin. After an hour of massage the client takes a hot shower to wash up the oil, following a steam bath for around 10-15 minutes and returns to the massage bed where the therapist applies a warm herbal scrub on the body. The client lies still for 10 minutes while the scrub exfoliates and becomes absorbed by the skin. Once the scrub is dry the client takes a hot shower to remove the scrub.

You may feel sleepy and weak and will certainly be slowed down a great deal.

This article comes from MassageDreams

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