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For our advanced courses like Hot Stone Massage, MLD, Deep Tissue etc we require a level 3 qualification in full body massage and A & P. We require an NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) in full body massage with A & P (all in one qualification or two is also fine) so if your qualification is to that level then we can accept you onto these courses. If you are unsure of the level please check this with your training provider for the course you completed.
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Yes we still go ahead with the class if only 2 people are booked for our one day courses - please note for the longer ITEC courses we require more however we have not had to cancel a course yet for the longer courses.
If you are the only one booked on and the course is cancelled by your tutor due to lack of numbers (we require at least two students to run our one day courses) you will be offered another date with the same or a different tutor or a full refund if you prefer.
We specialise in small classes to ensure one-to-one tuition, which we feel is very important. Many other courses on offer will have between 25 - 35 students on them and as a consequence the teacher will take much longer to supervise the class, making the course itself longer and of course more expensive.
For our one day courses we usually take 6-8 students (for some courses only 4) at a time, ensuring individual attention at all times and of course you will learn the same techniques as you would learn on longer courses.
Many students tell us they learn more in one day with our tutors (due to their experience and their clear teaching methods) than they have learnt elsewhere on a 2 or 3-day course in the past. We take small numbers per class, which also ensures individual attention.
Other schools' training courses will also include Anatomy and Physiology making the course a lot longer, but A & P is not always needed to gain insurance. The tutors will cover the relevant A & P in your course manual when required and we also send you an accredited A & P manual by email which is free of charge, before you attend our course. You are NOT required to read this beforehand but it is great extra information for you to save you having to buy books on the subject - this is our gift to you. Some students have found this is a great reminder if they studied a long time ago and for beginners it is a fantastic introduction to the subject for them.
We follow the guidelines of the professional therapy associations and insurance companies and only ask for massage and A & P if it is required. For many of our one day courses, it is not a legal requirement to have massage or A & P to attend; this allows our courses to be shorter and more affordable.
Please note if you wish to join FHT or Embody their regulations state that you must have a level 3 qualification in full body massage and A & P, however those of you without this can join another professional body called The Beauty and Holistic Guild who both do not require this. Information about Insurance and Professional body cover will be explained by your tutor on the day of your training. We offer a discount for therapy insurance and discount cards will be given out on the day of your training.
Unfortunately our prices are already as low as we can make them meaning we can't offer any discounts for multiple bookings.
Due to small classes we cannot offer discounts as our courses are already very good prices.
We are not the most expensive and we are not the cheapest when it comes to courses, be aware of companies offering block course booking discounts as you get what you pay for. We often have students coming to us to train again as they were not happy with other schools' training when they paid a low price elsewhere. We believe you will be more than delighted with our courses & we do not discount our courses or de-value our tutors' time.
Our teachers are excellent at what they do and our prices, which we believe are affordable, reflect the high quality training & the price you pay.
We do not compromise on our costs which would then compromise the training you would receive. There are other courses out there offering lower prices and discounts but be aware that you get what you pay for.
As a suggestion maybe you would like to attend one or two courses first to make sure you are happy with our training before booking the rest, you will find the one to one tuition you get from smaller classes is a great benefit and our established history (and an award winning school) offering accredited courses for over 15 years gives you the confidence you are getting good value for money.
No you do not need to bring a model with you as you will work with another student on the day so there is no need to bring a model with you and for many courses like beauty courses a dummies head is also provided. If however you prefer not to be worked on (if you have a medical condition) you are able to bring a model with you but this needs to be arranged with the tutor direct once you have booked your course.
No we are sorry we cannot do this, we have to stick to the advertised numbers due to specialising in small classes and not having room at the venues to take more people.
However what we suggest is to book onto the next date available that you can make and when filling out your details, there is a note box section within the booking form. You can request here that you can be moved to the earlier date if there are any cancellations so you can be prioritised and contacted if we have anyone drop out.
All course times can be found on each course page - located under the tab heading
VENUE TIMES FOR MOST OF OUR ONE DAY COURSES : 10:00am to 4:30pm Weekdays or 10:30am -5:00pm Weekends (For some of our advanced courses the times are slightly longer usually by one extra hour like our advanced deep tissue massage course) please check each course page to confirm the time it starts
Longer courses like our ITEC Level 3 massage course the times for this course is 10am - 6pm
Please check each course page to confirm times thank you
No sorry we do not as they were not taking on any new training centres when we approached them, however our courses are very popular so as a suggestion maybe you would like to attend one of our courses first to make sure you are happy with our training before booking the rest, you will find the one to one tuition you get from smaller classes is a great benefit and our established history offering accredited courses for over ten years gives you the confidence you are getting good value for money.
Most private schools do not take private funding if this is needed you will have to sign up to a local college course as they are more likely to have this available.
We then hope that even without the ILA help you maybe able to book with us and experience the quality of our training.
We do not accept private 24 hour loans these are sometimes allowed by your local colleges but not private training schools like ourselves.
You do not need to bring anything with you as everything is included (materials used on the day) within the price of your course and supplied on the day. The tutor can also advise where to get affordable equipment and kits on the day of your training so you know where to buy everything you need to use with your clients after you have finished the course with us.
Yes, we offer you a free training day if you feel one day was not enough (this is available for 6 months from your training day) however with only very small classes and one to one tuition 99% of students feel one day is fine.
When learning massage with us, we also offer many massage DVD's which go over the full routine if you require a visual reminder and back up of what you have learnt. We have been offering courses since 1998 and students have been very happy with our training and we have all our courses assessed and accredited by many professional bodies with very high standards.
Please note to book onto any of our courses Gateway only takes the deposit for the course (we do not take the full payment) once you have booked your details are sent direct to the tutor and they will contact you with regard to the balance.
You will have a choice to pay the balance straight away if you wish or 21 days before your course start date or sooner if it is a last minute booking. You can book up to 24 hours before a course as tutors check their bookings daily, you will receive a confirmation email from the tutor once you have booked and within this email it will give you the information you require so you can pay the balance to them direct.
If you are a company paying for a student to attend please email us as we accept a Proforma invoice if required, we are happy for the tutor to contact you direct to charge the full amount so you do not have to pay in two payments (please note this is only available for company bookings) we can arrange this for you on request.
All massage beds, chairs, all equipment, beauty products and creams etc. are all provided on the day of your training course so you will not have to bring anything with you.
The tutor can advise you on where to get affordable products on the day of your training or visit our Gateway products shop and also links pages on our web site where you can get affordable and reliable massage beds and hot stone kits etc.
We work with a lot of large companies who can offer discounts to our students for products and equipment that you may need.
If you are a complete beginner you do NOT need any 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
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
Also we have our Hopi Ear Candling Diploma Course
You are able as a complete beginner to attend and you will be able to get insurance and use the therapies above with the general public and charge.
WE ARE ADDING NEW COURSES ALL THE TIME - PLEASE CHECK OUR WEB SITE COURSE PAGES THAT WILL TELL YOU IF THE COURSE IS ACCEPTABLE FOR A COMPLETE BEGINNER OR AN EXPERIENCED THERAPIST WITH A LEVEL 3 MASSAGE QUALIFICATION TO JOIN - AS WE HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF EACH.
Yes you can.
The only ones that aren't certified and insurable are any of our workshops like for example the massage for beginners and couples workshop; however, this is perfect for those who would like to learn this massage to use on partners, friends or family, couples or for qualified therapists who are rusty and would like a refresher.
All of our Diploma massage, beauty and holistic training courses on offer are insurable, which means you can offer them to the public and charge for them.
Yes, we will be happy to organise what is required please email us with more information so we can help you further.
You are able to bring an interpreter if required, as the day is mostly practical it makes it very easy for our overseas students to learn with us and you will receive a full manual on the day of your training going over everything that was taught on the day with lots of extra added information too.
Often colleges will offer these courses with Anatomy and Physiology included or even ask students to undertake case histories; however this is not a requirement or a legal prerequisite. You are able to take private courses and obtain a recognised certificate and get insurance as a practitioner (which allows you to use these therapies with the general public and charge for it). We do however include all the essential A & P you will be required to know in your course manuals.
YOU WILL BE SENT AN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY MANUAL BEFORE YOUR COURSE - THIS MEANS YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE A BOOK ON A & P BEFORE YOU ATTEND OUR CLASS WHICH WILL SAVE YOU HAVING TO BUY BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT YOU DO NOT HOWEVER HAVE TO READ THIS BEFOREHAND IT IS THERE WHEN YOU REQUIRE IT AFTERWARDS AS OUR FREE GIFT TO YOU.
Colleges often place the massages they teach under one umbrella which is easier for their administration which means they teach it with A & P which is not a requirement for many courses and makes it a lot longer than is required. This is why our one day diploma courses are so popular as they are insurable making them accepted to use professionally.
Many massage courses, for example, the ITEC Holistic Massage course or Reflexology do require A & P as part of the training programme and it is easier for them to offer all courses with Anatomy and physiology, even though it may not be required.
We make it clear on each course page if A & P is a legal requirement or not.
In larger classes of 25-35 students, tutors have to move around the class checking their techniques; on our courses you will learn and easily absorb the same techniques but in a smaller class, allowing tutors to observe you closely at all times.
We teach you the same courses in smaller classes allowing you to absorb the same information in a shorter period of time and of course you spend less money. We want to allow these courses to be available for everyone & you have the reassurance of professional teaching as all courses are registered with many professional bodies like The FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) CTHA - EMBODY, BABTAC and The Beauty Guild.
Our prices are sometimes cheaper than many other course providers so that they are affordable for everyone; especially those who are starting out in this industry. We offer the same courses but work with much smaller classes, making sure you all get individual attention.
Some companies run the same content over a weekend, they will have larger classes with 30 + people attending and you can get lost in numbers. We often have students come to re-train with us as they complained they were a number not a person.
However if you train with us we only take very small classes and you will be given one to one individual attention at all times. You will learn very similar techniques whenever you train but specialising in small classes allows you the proper tuition you require.
This varies but works out at about £60 - £80 a year depending which therapy you train in. Full details are given to you on the day of the course for new therapists or if you are a therapist already and have insurance you will be able to add your training to your existing insurance (we always advise you to check first before booking).
You do not need insurance to attend our courses but we advise you to act professionally and obtain suitable professional liability insurance before you practice with the general public. All this information can be found in your course manuals on the day of training and will be covered by your tutor.
If you would like to join a professional body you can contact The Guild of Holistic Therapists by clicking on the link below. We are delighted to say they are offering £10 off to all Gateway students and by using the promotion code in the link below it allows you to have this instant reduction. They cover holistic therapies as well as beauty, from massage to nails. You can have a professional body cover and insurance under one roof as the Guild offers both at competitive prices:
Click here to get a therapist insurance discounted quote
Yes our Natural Lift Facial Massage has the popular movements from the Indian face massage - Natural Facelift technique, or Facial Rejuvenation. The treatment has different names, depending on who companies are targeting with regard to their clients.
We are the only course provider in the UK to offer this exclusive Facial Massage course which incorporates a unique blend of highly effective techniques from Indian Face Massage (also know as Facial Rejuvenation or the Natural Facelift) with complementary techniques from Japanese Facial Massage, and also Acupressure and Reflexology for the face, new therapies that are becoming increasingly popular with clients.
We offer this course in one day due to our very small classes of no more than 6 students. Again we pride ourselves in giving one to one attention. The same course can be found elsewhere running over 4-6 days due to the very large amounts of students that attend.
Other course providers may ask you to do case studies and /or an exam, which is not necessary for insurance purposes. This makes other course much longer and very expensive. We include all the A & P you will need in your course manuals as well as a DVD you can buy on the day which is a reminder of the entire technique step by step for your reference.
Our tutors have studied with many of these larger companies; in addition they offer their own expert knowledge of other facial techniques, so we offer the same technique but for much more sensible prices, making the course affordable for all and include many facial movements that are in demand by the clients of today.
You are not required by the insurance companies to do case studies or exams, you do not need A & P to attend this course and it is accredited and recognised by many of the top professional bodies.
Many people who have studied reflexology come to this course, as it is quite different. We work on the legs as well as the feet and this popular course is fully certified; you do not need Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) to complete the course. Although it includes elements of reflexology this is not a diagnostic massage. All the A & P you require will be included in your course manuals. This course uses Thai sticks, which is the traditional way to work on the feet in Thailand.
For those who do not wish to learn this technique we also offer a hand, arm and feet massage course without the use of sticks.
You may have thought about training as a reflexologist but were worried about getting RSI and painful thumbs. You might like to consider this course as it is a popular alternative and has very similar results for your client.
Our one-day courses are very much intended as small, hands-on classes offering one-to-one tuition. As such they concentrate on teaching you how to give the massage in an effective, safe and professional way. To cover in-depth the history and philosophy of each massage would necessitate a 2-day course, double the price and involve accommodation costs for students travelling in from outside London.
To overcome this we provide you with full manuals giving you all information about the massage you’re learning; this saves you having to make notes on the day and gives you the in-depth information needed and much of this is also covered on the day. There is also a wealth of information available to students both from books and online, recommendations can be made of which books to purchase to further your knowledge.
The tutors will cover the information needed verbally before the practical part of the day, ensuring all your questions are answered.
Additionally we have produced our own massage DVD’s for many of the courses which show the techniques step-by-step exactly as you have learnt them; it also covers the contraindications. These DVD’s are available exclusively to our students and cannot be bought without taking a class, as it's most important that you’ve both given and received the massage to do it safely and competently.
Often colleges will offer these courses with Anatomy and physiology or even ask students to undertake case histories; however this is not a requirement or a legal prerequisite. You are able to take private courses and obtain a recognised certificate and get insurance as a practitioner (which allows you to use these therapies with the general public and charge for it). We do however include all the essential A & P you will be required to know in your course manuals.
YOU WILL BE SENT AN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY MANUAL BEFORE YOUR COURSE - THIS MEANS YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE A BOOK ON A & P BEFORE YOU ATTEND OUR CLASS WHICH WILL SAVE YOU A LITTLE ON OUTLAY.
Colleges often place the massages they teach under one umbrella which is easier for their administration. Many massage courses, for example, the ITEC Holistic Massage course or Reflexology do require A & P as part of the training programme and it is easier for them to offer all courses with Anatomy and physiology, even though it may not be required.
However private courses usually offer these courses without having to study Anatomy and physiology as it is not always a legal requirement; and it is also not needed for your insurance cover to practice as a therapist.
We make it clear on each course page if previous massage or A & P is a legal requirement or not, we do ask for a level 3 in massage and A & P for our advanced massage courses like hot stone massage, pregnancy massage, MLD etc but many of the other courses like Indian head massage, chair massage and many others do not require this.
All our courses have been awarded CPD points (Continuing Professional Development). There are a certain amount of points required by the various bodies (IFPA, FHT etc) to ensure that members are up to date with various therapies. For example Aromatherapists are required every 3 years to keep their training in massage up to date and will look for CPD courses to be able to do this.
The courses we offer are fully recognised and accredited by the top professional bodies. We offer a diploma qualification for our one day courses and this means they are fully recognised by the insurance companies allowing you to gain insurance and charge the general public for the therapy. There is not a requirement to obtain an NVQ or ITEC qualification to practice professionally and the tutor will give out all the insurance information about how to set up as a professional therapist on your training day.
We do however offer longer ITEC courses - if you need further information about these do let us know and we will be happy to send this information to you.
All the courses that are accredited with BABTAC and The Guild as well as other bodies, the councils recognise them both as they have them on their list of approved qualifications to accept. However please be aware that some councils have different guidelines so you will need to contact the council direct before signing up for a course as they are all different so it is best to check first.
BABTAC have informed us in the past that they are not really sure of each ones criteria, they said that certain disciplines aren’t required to even get a licence i.e. chiropractors, osteopaths etc. They advise each individual student to speak direct to the council as they will only deal with individuals (the student) and not the training school as sometimes the therapist may have something that they will not accept as it is not always down to the qualification but the individual.
Please note - we are not able to contact the coucil on your behalf as they will not deal direct with the schools only with the therapists applying.
The council usually say that although they issue the licence they refer applications to the environmental health department for approval of qualifications – BABTAC as a trade association as well as the Guild and also FHT for Westminster, we assume other councils are the same but it is advised to check first.
We have also spoken to the environmental health department (Tel 0207 641 3161) and they said that the qualifications are considered individually and if they are rejected then they will be sent paperwork listing the reasons why. They mentioned that a student should not go to the training school if a council have rejected their application to find out as they will not be told, it is between the student and the council and nothing to do with the training school and they would be happy to advise where necessary.
When a student has been rejected before (which is rare but can happen) we were told it is advised that the student speak to the council direct as they should have received a notification (if you get rejected for any reason) with the rejection paperwork as to the reasons why. They have the information regarding what qualifications the therapists have and they should have the information from the council as to why they were rejected.
It unfortunately has nothing to do with our training as it is to do with their criteria with regard to the individual student and this is out of our hands however usually most councils will accept students' qualifications but will let them know why if there is an issue.
BABTAC have also stated the following:
Insurance versus Councils & Special Treatment Licences:
It is really important here that we split insurance and Council Licences so as not to risk confusion. Insurance is obviously a recommended (but not compulsory) undertaking for Therapists to protect them in the event of a claim.
Councils are unfortunately a different matter; because the beauty industry is unregulated, there are no centrally-agreed legal or Government guidelines for the industry. As a result, Local and District Councils have the autonomy to decide expenditure, priority, standards and approach to beauty therapists in the local area. They will decide this based on the number of complaints, insurance claims, the opinion of the person running it, if their constituents have demanded it etc. As a result of this diversity, the standards and requirements across the UK vary wildly and there are no definitive measures therapists can achieve.
What this means is that where possible, we (BABTAC) will work with Councils to ensure that BABTAC membership can be used as an alternative to special licences or can at least help to reduce fees. Our success with the Councils varies Council by Council for example Westminster currently recommend us, but others don’t. Acceptance by Councils is not something we promise, nor are we likely ever to be able to promise, but neither can other accreditation providers; in fact, ours has the most penetration with Councils. We are also working on building relationships with more and more Councils each month.
Unfortunately, the decision makers in the Council do not always have relevant or current information to make their decisions; requesting an NVQ or City & Guilds is naive given that a) there are other Awarding Organisations and b) there are many treatments which have bespoke qualifications because they are so new, yet no C&G qualification. This is where we will work to help out / educate.
BABTAC has said when they get the following email this is how they respond “I got our courses accredited with BABTAC as I thought you were an approved body by the councils”. Our accreditation scheme does not claim Council acceptance, but does enable your students to be insured with BABTAC. Many Councils do recognise us as one of, or the only professional association in the industry, but not all. From here, we will get in touch with the Council and see what we can do to resolve the situation.
You have to be at least 16 years old to attend a Gateway course
We can only advise on insurance for the UK as you would have to contact an insurance company in the country you wish to practice to ask if they cover UK qualifications.
We do have a lot of people coming from Europe and also places like Australia etc so we can only assume (but not confirm) it should be ok as we have never heard of anyone not getting cover. However we always advise you check with your insurance company first in the country you will be practicing before signing up to any of our courses. The USA can be more difficult as they have different criteria, but you would need to check this out first as we cannot guarantee that they will cover you as we are not given insurance information outside of the UK.
Your tutor's contact details can be found in your web site confirmation email you were sent when you booked with us, there is a link that takes you to your tutor's information with their email and phone contact details.
UK law is very specific on maternity care: only midwives or doctors or those in training under supervision are legally permitted to take sole responsibility for a child-bearing women except in an emergency. This legal situation means that any therapies used during pregnancy including massage must be complementary rather than alternative to normal maternity care. The FHT clearly state that before treating a pregnant client, therapists must obtain permission from the midwife and/or GP and not carry out treatment during the first trimester (12 weeks).
We would suggest you seek the permission of your GP in writing first however if you prefer not to be worked on you will not require this but you can bring a model instead.
Our tutors hold teaching qualifications and are experts in their fields, they all have professional qualifications in all the subject areas that they teach with years of experience so you know you will receive the best training available.
You will be teamed up with another student on the day or if needed the tutor will provide models for you to work on giving you plenty of time to practice what you have learnt. You will receive a treatment as well as give it unless for any reason you do not wish to be worked on.
We find that students are very happy with the amount of time they get to practice and your tutor will give you the after care needed if you have any questions once you have finished your course.
We do not insist that you wear a tunic or uniform, however if you have one and wish to wear it that is fine. Any clothing should be comfortable with short sleeves or sleeves that can be rolled up.
Jewellery (except wedding rings) should be removed, so for safekeeping we recommend that you leave most jewellery at home.
For our beauty courses please check each course page to find out what is required as there maybe special requirements if you are working on nails etc.
Our CPD courses are recognised qualifications and accredited with the top bodies, which means you will be able to get therapist insurance allowing you to work professionally with the general public and charge.
Also for those students studying the longer ITEC courses with us, the resulting qualification is more than enough to gain employment and to work with the general public. This qualification is also internationally recognised too.
We accept overseas students and the only thing that needs to be in place is your Student Visa however please be aware that is something that we cannot arrange for you.
By attending with a school in the UK this does NOT automatically allow you to obtain a student visa. We would suggest that all students arrange this ahead of time by contacting your embassy as they will have all the information that you will need. Alternatively you can contact ITEC for more advise - their number is 0208 994 4141
Good DVD's cost a lot to produce after all the filming costs (Gateway does not make any profit from selling these DVD's) but we have to cover our costs so if we included them in the course we would have to put the course fee up to cover the cost. As you can imagine as not everyone wants or needs a DVD we felt that it would not work hence selling them on the day for a small fee for those only who want a copy.
We did this so people who need it can have a DVD as a great reminder of the course they came to learn with us as they are not sold for profit, it is an extra tool to help students who perhaps do not remember the routine very well. However most students seem to be happy remembering the routine by reading it again from their manual once they got home. As a lot of students don't feel they need the DVD as they also have our guarantee if one day is not enough they can always come back free of charge to take the course again (within 6 months if needed) we did not feel it was fair to raise the course costs and include a DVD.
Many schools do not offer DVD's for one day courses but we felt this was very important to have these available for as many massage courses as we could, to be available for those who wanted them. Many do not as they often have good memories but we are happy to have them available for anyone who wishes to purchase them. We do not however as mentioned put this onto the cost of the course and charge extra (as some other schools do) to give a free DVD away (as it is never really included in the course cost you do end up paying for it if a school does this) as we found not all students wanted or needed it, so in conclusion we only charge £10 instead of the usual £15 - £20 others charge if a student would like one.
We would prefer to keep the cost of the course down and give this as an added extra if needed. We also feel as we have excellent manuals and not just one page hand outs as many other schools offer that the information in them should be enough to allow you to remember the routine if you go home and practice very soon after your course as advised by your tutor.
All products will be provided on the day of your training (within the price of your course) that you use on the day whilst learning.
The tutors will be able to advise you on the best and affordable kits to buy when you train with them so you can use these with your clients, or if you wish to buy them before you train you can!
The Gateway Workshops Limited are pleased to confirm that we have agreed a discount with Eyeluvlashes which can be used by all of our Students. Simply use Discount Code ‘Gateway’ at the checkout stage for a 10% Discount on all products.
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