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Massage Courses

Advanced and deep tissue massage course, covering trigger points, palpation and Neuromuscular techniques

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Accreditation & Entry Requirements

Advanced and Deep Tissue Accredited Diploma Massage Course

One day professional diploma course including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Palpation, Neuromuscular Techniques and hands free safety techniques all for the full body; a must for any massage therapist looking to master their skills and increase their potential client base.

According to major clinics the most popular and sought after treatment is Advanced and Deep Tissue Massage - this course is very popular with massage therapists looking to add to their knowledge.

This one day accredited diploma course for existing therapists only with a level 3 in full body massage.

No case studies are required - no written exams, certificate given on the day on completion of a successful practical assessment with your tutor.

If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge. However, due to small classes this is rare but available if required.

Why is this course so popular?

Many students cannot afford a long sports massage course and decide on this course instead. It teaches you many popular techniques that you can use with your clients and make you stand out from other therapists.



After you have completed this massage course with us you are able to gain unlimited, FREE online access to the course video and will become an invaluable resource for future reference.

All Course Times, Dates & Who the Course is Accredited With - All Easy to Find on this Page.

The Times, Full content, Accreditation info and Price for this course is located on this page - We have tab links at the top of this page, so you can easily find this infomation.

Scroll up to the top of page, for example COURSE TIMES can be found at the top of the page - next to the 'course explained' button.

Our Advanced and Deep Tissue Massage Course Includes

  • Deep Tissue and Advanced Massage Techniques
  • Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Palpation
  • Trigger Point
  • Hands free techniques
  • Comprehensive manual

Unlike classic massage therapy which is generally used for relaxation, this technique enables the therapist to focus on and treat specific problems. The general public is increasingly requesting deeper and more advanced techniques due to their effectiveness in treating a host of specific issues, the most prevalent being back and shoulder pain.

This Course Will Teach You How to Apply Deep Tissue and Advanced Massage Techniques

  • The Deep Muscles of the legs including Hamstrings, Ilio-Tibial Band & Quads
  • Muscles of the lower leg such as the Gastrocnemius
  • Muscles of the Back
  • Muscles of the Arms and Shoulders
  • Feet

The course aims to help you develop advanced massage techniques which will enable you to be more confident and specific in your treatments. This gives the potential to expand your client base as you will be able to offer more than just a relaxing massage. You will be able to treat clients with muscular pain and tenderness and lack of flexibility with more confidence.

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Please watch our short introduction video, showing you what to expect from our massage courses and to learn more.

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Then scroll down this page to view all the course information, content of the course, price, venue and dates available.

Course Times

10.00 - 5pm weekday and also weekend dates.


Join the thousands of students we train each year, we have a long term proven history and our feedback speaks for itself.

We also look forward hearing how you get on once you have completed a course with us.

We love what we do and have passionate knowledgeable tutors who very much look forward to welcoming you on a course with them soon.

Course Accredited or Approved by the following bodies:

Accredited Certified & Insurable Course - Price £165.00


Participants will have a good understanding of:

  • Adopting correct working posture for deep tissue work and hands free massage techniques
  • Observing client posture
  • How to develop their palpation skills
  • Recognising trigger points and how to apply the correct techniques for treating them
  • Utilising Neuromuscular Techniques and other advanced massage techniques to treat specific areas
  • How to perform a massage routine incorporating advanced massage techniques.

What conditions is deep tissue massage used for?

  • Chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

This is a recognised qualification that you can use professionally - For full course content please scroll down this page

One day insurable accredited course - maximum of 6 in a class, keeping it small ensuring individual attention.

We have many venues and dates on offer in London and all around the UK including Ireland.

This is an insurable course allowing you to use this therapy with the general public and charge for it.

There are many similar courses out there covering only some of this information, however this is an exclusive Gateway Workshops signature course and can only be found on our web site. This course was put together by our top tutors, making sure you gain the most important techniques on the market today.

This course is for therapists with a level 3 qualification in full body massage only.

Not sure your qualification will be accepted?

Please check that your qualification is accepted before booking - this information can be found here, no need to email us. You will find all the information required by clicking on the Accreditation & Entry Requirements tab located at the top of this page.

What if I do not have a level 3 in full body massage but I want to take a course to learn these techniques for my clients?

We would suggest you attend the ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage Course instead as this is for complete beginners and you do NOT require a level 3 in full body massage to attend, you can find these course details here:

A consumer report magazine reported that a significant number of people (approx 34,000) rated deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. In addition it received the highest rating for relieving Fibromyalgia pain and improving range of motion.

If you do not have a full body massage qualification, the Chair massage course would be an excellent alternative as it works very deeply on the body and for this course you don't require a full body massage qualification.

Learn how to improve your techniques


Careful examination of soft tissue to identify areas of possible damage is obviously very important for the therapist. Just prodding your finger into a tender spot does not give you much information, other than that it is probably tender! We'll look at how to improve your palpation skills so that you may more easily identify changes in texture, tension or damage in soft tissue, therefore you will have a better idea of how to treat the area.

Trigger points

Trigger points are highly irritable and localised areas within muscle fibres. These areas can vary from the size of a pea, to a large lump. They are often tender and painful to touch and will frequently cause referred pain and discomfort. Trigger points are tender points in the muscle fascia; these can be difficult to locate. The rationale behind using trigger points therapy is that it creates localised ischemia (lack or reduction of oxygen to the muscle tissue) which starve the trigger point of oxygen and nutrients needed to sustain contraction.

Neuro-muscular techniques (NMT)

NMT can be employed to alleviate these areas and so reduce knots and adhesions. NMT is an extension of deep friction & pressure techniques; it is applied with thumbs, fingers, fists or elbows, and is a diagnostic palpatory tool designed to help assess and deal with chronic pain.

Hands Free Massage

Hands Free Massage techniques are a blend of eastern and western styles, ideal for all massage therapists and body-workers, whether recently qualified or experienced. This course will teach you correct body position and working posture helping to maximize the effectiveness of your massage whilst minimizing injuries. Sadly we often see therapists having to give up work due to burn out, poor posture, backache and repetitive strain injuries. As therapists, we need to look after ourselves as well as offering wonderful therapies to our clients; after all our bodies are our tools of the trade.

Why Book with us?

Voted Guild Awards of Excellence Winner

'Best Training School' 5 years in a row

Our Promise to you

If you feel one day is not enough training, you are able to come back to repeat the course again free of charge within 6 months when spaces are available with the same tutor.

However, due to small classes and the 1-1 attention you receive this is rare but for your peace of mind available if required.

We are an award winning school, Number One Training School (out of over 80 schools) in the Beauty Industry Survey - By The Guild of Beauty and Holistic Therapists.

And Voted The Guild Awards of Excellence 'Best Training School' by students and won mulitple years in a row! We maintain high standards and are proud of our team of passionate and caring tutors.

When you book with us you have peace of mind we have a proven track record - established in 1998 and accredited by the top professional bodies.

What do therapists who have trained with us use this course for?

Once you have attended our Advanced and Deep Tissue Massage Course, you will be able to use these techniques to adapt to your client's individual needs therefore treating a variety of complaints. Many people suffer pain and discomfort resulting from bad posture, injuries like whiplash or too many hours driving or sitting at a desk.

We have found that therapists love this course as it offers the skills and techniques including postural observation and analysis and relevant aftercare advice to assist their clients with these neck, shoulder and back issues.

98' to present date
© Gateway Workshops, students are not authorised to teach this course unless through Gateway. This is a therapist course only, information is copyright and to be used with their clients only and not taught to others.

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Please note this is an advanced massage course. Please Check you have the right qualifications for this Course Before Booking - CLICK HERE

You are required to have previous massage experience.

You must have a level 3 in Full Body Massage or a Level 3 in Sports massage to be accepted which is an ITEC, VTCT, BTEC level 3 or similar qualification.

Please note if your previous training was a weekend massage or 1 - 3 day course, this is not a level 3 that's required (not enough practical hours) and not accepted.

A qualification in reflexology or Indian head massage cannot be accepted as this is not full body massage.

Certificates, Times, Venue and Balance Payment Information.

Certificates are given on the day of training, a recognised Gateway Diploma qualification.

For course times, venue information, what to wear etc please use/click on the information tabs above where this information can be found.

The balance of the course fee is paid direct to the tutor and they will contact you by email as soon as the deposit is paid for the course.

Course Manuals

All course manuals are included in the price of the course - you will get a bound hard copy course manual given to you on the day of your training.

Our Extra Gifts to You!

You will also get a complimentary Anatomy and Physiology manual as our gift to you - worth £10!
This is given to you when you sign up for a course as an e-manual, via a link in your course confirmation from your tutor.

You do NOT have to read this before your course.

You do NOT have to bring it with you as it is for later reference if you need it.

It is an extra manual to save you having to buy Anatomy and Physiology books later saving you money.

We also send you the Gateway therapist accounts package after you have completed a course with us - complimentary worth £10!

Course Accreditations

This course is insurable, accredited or approved by the professional bodies, ABT - Associated Beauty Therapists, Towergate, FHT, Thinktree, CTHA.

For more information, see Accreditation & Entry Requirements information tab above

Certifications/Qualifications Attained

Gateway accredited/recognised diploma

Insurable allowing you to gain insurance and use therapy with the general public and charge.

Specialising in small classes for individual attention

Why book with us - Accredited, Established, Trusted, Recognised and Insurable Qualifications

10 CPD course points has been awarded for this course by FHT and 5 by Embody - please check with whom you are registered for their guidelines on how many points they award for one day courses as they all differ.

For Existing CTHA Members

You can attend this course and gain your CPD points through the CTHA as it is recognised as additional learning and students are able to get insurance cover through Holistic Insurance Services who will add it to the therapists insurance.

Certificate - Insurance - Brands

Why is our course so popular?

This is because the certification we give you allows a student to work with which ever particular brand they choose to purchase later and use with their clients.

Importantly as we teach effective and safe methods with products our tutors love to use but do not insist on the students who attend to have to continue with any one given brand afterwards to gain insurance and use what they have learned with us professionally.

This then allows students to make their own choice of brand and also means that they are not tied by any particular brand when it comes to their insurance, so should they ever have a problem and if a claim is made and they have changed brand, they would still be covered (please check this with your insurance provider) giving you a lot more flexibility.

This also means you are not tied into buying brands from us which is very restrictive which only makes the school you are buying them from money but does not benefit you. This means the certificate you gain with us gives you the freedom to use what ever brand you wish, the tutors can guide you to good products but ultimately it is your choice!

Who do we train?

Every year we train thousands of therapists, from Champneys Health Resort, large professional salons like Dior, leading hotels like the Mandarin Oriental Spa at the Knightsbridge 5 star hotel, the Sanctuary, John Lewis Spa, Bobbi Brown, Channel 4 as well as training therapists and complete beginners who come to us at one of our many venues.

Feedback from our Students

Feedback from malgorzata weber

Excellent teacher; positive, open, patient attitude to a student with a large theoretical and practical knowledge. Great and friendly atmosphere. I am already using those techniques in my practice and get very positive feedback from my clients. An attending on the ADTM course was a great step on my carer path. I am appreciate. Thank you.

Feedback from Charlotte Underwood
Tutor was fantastic. I have learnt so much on this course and will definitely be back again. This is the second gateway Course I have attended with the same tutor both times and I only have praise for her.

Feedback from Heather Kelly
I had very sore "therapist shoulders" and asked a college friend to come and give me a massage, she used some super new moves on me and I immediately wanted to know where she learnt them. Gateway Advanced Deep Tissue course was her reply, and all in one day! So I signed up despite being sceptical about learning all these moves in one day but the day was fabulous. We covered the theory and learned the moves on the legs and feet before lunch. Then we were shown all the moves for the back, arms and front of chest, each move was demonstrated and practiced by us all. The final stage to the day was to perform and be worked on doing all the moves with the guidance of our tutor, this ensured that we had remembered the moves correctly and by checking our stance, posture, she tweaked us to perform the moves so that we were not holding any tension.

She asked us questions which made us think about all we had learned which reinforced the key points into our memories,ie "never use your elbow on the neck or the spine." Having the moves performed on ourselves showed just how powerful they can be felt by the client and also the wonderful benefit felt in the coming days. I am now looking forward to treating the issues of my clients, without wrecking my own thumbs, shoulders and back.

Thanks to this course, I will be able to have a longer career as a massage therapist. tutor was warm, welcoming, calm, very knowledgeable and had a very caring professional attitude. I loved the content of the course and the lovely way it was delivered.The studio was warm, the towels fluffy and clean an excellent tutor who explains things clearly, shows you exactly how to perform a move and makes sure you understand which muscles you are working on and what the benefits will be to the client. She worked hard all day, imparting her knowledge to us and make us better therapists much appreciated. The DVD looks great (from the first viewing) and it is one of the reasons that I booked the course as I knew I wouldn't remember every thing I was taught on the day, so it is a great resource for me to refer to and refresh my mind.

Feedback from linda hurran
I thoroughly enjoyed the day, my tutor had a lot of patience and allowed each candidate to work at their own pace. I am looking forward to putting my new skills into practice.

Feedback from Carina Esterhyse

Really good tutor, really understanding, patient and helpful, made the course really enjoyable and would definitely come back for more training. My boss booked the course with Gateway because she used them before for training.

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