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Massage Courses

This baby massage course will fully equip students to be able to teach infant massage to parents

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Accreditation & Entry Requirements

Baby Massage Instructor Training Course

Our baby massage instructor training is a professional one day accredited and recognised diploma course, offering a fully certified qualification for anyone wanting to become a professional Baby Massage Instructor.

Learn with us a multi-award winning school, with passionate and caring tutors.

You do not need any prior massage or teaching experience or previous qualifications to do this course. 


By the end of the course you will:

  • Know that baby massage is an ancient technique and how and why it has become popular in the West
  • Know that touch is important and understand why
  • Know that there are 6 behavioural states and will learn about each one
  • Know that a baby has cues and will learn how to recognise these
  • Know and understand contraindications to baby massage
  • Know that a baby has reflexes and will learn how to recognise these
  • Learn the difference between behavioural states, baby cues and baby reflexes
  • Learn that a baby can show how they are feeling through engagement and disengagement cues
  • Learn what engagement and disengagement cues are and how to recognise them
  • Know that there are many benefits to baby massage and will be able to discuss these
  • Learn how to market a business and will understand some marketing mistakes
  • Understand the basics of setting up a business
  • Learn what to include in a lesson plan in order to make it effective for learning
  • Learn what makes a good teacher and will have the opportunity to practice some of these skills
  • Learn baby massage techniques and then will use these in a sequence
  • Know what the benefits and cautions are for each area of the body when massaging and will be able to discuss these
  • Use the skills learnt to practice teaching a part of the baby massage sequence
  • Have opportunities to self and peer assess
  • Be given feedback on their progress and will be given areas to develop if required
  • A full and comprehensive manual is included in your course

This is a recognised qualification that you can use professionally - To view full course content - both practical and the online part of this course, please scroll down this page

We offer this at a reduced price because the theory is taken on line instead of at a venue for two days, this allows us to keep the cost down making this course extremely affordable for all.

The course involves a one practical day

Small classes of just 10 people) and approximately 20 hours of home study.

Easy to follow, step by step guidance and instructions, all the material is included in the price of this course.

All course information is easy to find right here

You can find the full course description, times and price on this page - For venues and dates on offer, when ready simply click on the purple view dates or book now button.

Do I need to bring my baby or do you supply models?

You do not need to bring your baby with you to practice on as the course tutor will supply massage dummy dolls to work on. This allows those without massage experience to attend as you will not be working on real babies who also will get tired and grumpy if worked on all day so it avoids the stress that this might cause.

Available to all - beginners with no massage experience and also therapists who are looking to add this to their training.

Professionally Recognised Course, you are able to get insurance cover for this and use it professionally.

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

Please remember to activate the sound on video when it loads, before it starts to play!

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

Course Times

10.30 - 4.30pm Weekdays

or 11.00 - 5pm if you choose to attend on a weekend date.

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.

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.

Course Accredited or Approved by the following bodies:

Accredited Certified & Insurable Course - Price £345.00

Who is this course suitable for?

It is for individuals wanting to offer massage to their own baby or those looking for a new career or an extra to an existing career or therapies offered.

It is also suitable for organisations such as nurseries, children’s centres or the NHS, for example, wanting to use the techniques within their business or service.

Whether you are looking to provide your own baby with the many benefits of baby massage or want to gain the skills necessary to become a professional baby massage instructor, this course will provide all that you need.

Course Cost

The usual price for this course is approximately £400-£800. However, we are offering this at a discount price as we wanted to make it available to all.


Just £345 - Making it affordable for everyone - this price includes your manual, certificate issued, this is all included in the price.

Once you have paid your deposit of £95 you then pay £125 to get started with the home study (you can pay and start when ever you are ready) you have fantastic online support when ever you need it.

Then the final £125 at least 21 days prior to the practical days training. You will be sent two separate course confirmations, one from your home study tutor and the other from your practical day tutor.

You can only qualify and receive your certificate after both the home study and practical day have been completed.

How can we keep the price below £600?

Most schools are running this course over 3 - 4 days and they will be reading information from the manual out to you for most of this time, to save you paying for this and travel expenses we have an accredited course which has been passed by the awarding bodies to be able to offer the information via a manual that you can read and study from at home.

You will get a lot of guidance making the process for home study really easy and you then only have to attend one practical day which keeps the costs down to under £350!

That way you get quality material and training via a home study course and the practical hours you require at a venue covering all the material required to gain your qualification and certificate in an affordable way.

This course has been assigned 36 CPD points by the Guild.

The pre-requisites are:

N/A It is an instructor training course, the learners will never massage babies but instruct parents on what to do so no need for a qualification in massage to attend.

And for insurance purposes the demonstration would be done on a doll, for insurance cover you can add it to your exisiting cover or you can contact The Guild of Holistic and Beauty Therapists

on 0845 217 7384
The Guild of Professional Beauty and Holistic Therapists Ltd

Remember to give the Gateway code of 10151 to get your discounted price.

We are delighted to say they are offering £10 off to all Gateway students and by using the promotion code in the link below, you will benefit from this instant reduction.

How Long will it take me to qualify?

This course is for anyone to study and you can qualify in one week or take your time and study when you choose!

Learn in the comfort of your own home with a one day practical at various venues around the UK and Ireland.

Benefits of Baby Massage

"Touch is as important to infants and children as eating and sleeping" (Dr Tiffany Field)

Baby massage is beneficial to both the parent or caregiver and the baby. It allows the parent or caregiver to spend quality time with the baby, developing a bond through touch and non-verbal communication.

There are many physical, emotional and mental benefits to baby. Immediate benefits include, but are not limited to:

Providing a sense of calmness and relaxation

Creating a special bond with the parent or caregiver from the sense of touch and togetherness

Relieving symptoms of pain such as colic, teething, wind and constipation

Improving sleep patterns

Improving co-ordination, language and development

Stimulating the lymphatic, circulatory, digestive, respiratory and nervous systems


Baby massage is also extremely beneficial in many other circumstances, such as premature babies where the massage can be adapted to increase weight gain and prevent other complications.

What Subjects will be covered in this course?

How does the course work?

There are two stages to the course, home study and a practical day.

The home study part of the course will take you around 20 hours of study, which includes reading through the course manual and answering 20 short questions (to be emailed to your home study tutor for marking). You do not need to have completed the reading and questions before your practical day but it is advisable that you have made a start with reading the course manual. You will be given full support and guidance throughout this part of the course.

The home study part of the course involves:

·      Lesson aims and objectives

·      Lesson outcomes

·      History of baby massage

·      The importance of touch

·      Behavioural states

·      Contraindications to baby massage

·      Baby cues

·      Baby reflexes

·      Benefits of baby massage

·      Setting up your business

·      Marketing your business

·      Top teaching tips

·      Recommended reading

·      Assessment (20 short answer questions) to be emailed to your tutor

You will also have access to videos of the massage sequence (including a sequence for relief from toothache, constipation, wind and colic).

The practical days training will run 10.30 - 4.30pm Weekdays or 11.00 - 5pm if you choose to attend on a weekend date. You will be given full support and guidance throughout this part of your course.

You need to complete both parts of the course to be awarded with your certificate.

Practical Day

You will be massaging dolls in class and will be instructed with a doll. There will be no babies in class! This is an instructor training course and not a baby massage class.

The dolls will be provided for you on the day to work on and the tutor can give you information if you need to buy one to practice on at home if required if you wish to carry on your practice at home on a doll.

The practical day involves:

Planning a lesson and how to structure your baby massage classes

Learning the baby massage sequence

Additional sequences for teething, constipation, wind and colic

Assessment, feedback and a Q&A session

You can start your home study at anytime. This gives you the flexibility to complete the course at your own pace and in your own time.

You need to complete both parts of the course to be awarded with your certificate.

Why train with us?

Our baby massage instructor training course has been developed by tutors who between them have over 20 years’ massage and teaching experience. After both having children and seeing the many benefits massage provided, the course was created using both their personal and professional experience in the field.

The baby massage instructor training classes are held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and are designed to ensure you will be taught all the skills necessary to feel confident in carrying out a baby massage at home or teaching baby massage classes. We not only provide you with the skills and techniques required to carry out the baby massage routine but also give you the knowledge to set up a thriving baby massage business.

We keep the cost down by running part of the course online so you only have to attend one practical day making this a much more affordable way to attend this course.

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.

Why Book with us?

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.


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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None - available to beginners without any previous massage training and also experienced therapists looking to add this to the list of what they offer.

Our Extra Gifts to You!

You will 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.

You do NOT have to read this before your course, 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, CTHA, Guild of Beauty Therapists, Guild of Holistic Therapists, Towergate, Thinktree.

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

Certifications/Qualifications Attained

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.

Certificate - Insurance - Brands

Why are our courses 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 Verna Adderley

A great day training with Kate. She made it quite informal to rid me of any worries! She was knowledgable and I Particularly enjoyed her demonstration of the full massage to show us how it would flow in a real lesson!

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes

Was the tutor easy to contact before and after your course if needed? Yes

Did you find our manuals useful? Yes

What made you decide to book with Gateway
Following a search with several companies I chose Gateway because it best met my needs. To do home study suited my learning style and I found the videos were a great introduction for the practical day. The cost was also very competitive compared to other companies.

Where did you hear about Gateway? Google

Did you find this web site easy to use? Yes
Easy access to the course manual and great videos

Is it ok to use your comments on the website? Yes

Feedback from Stephanie Marsh

My tutor was very welcoming and friendly and put everyone at ease straight away. She is clearly very passionate about teaching and this makes for easy and enjoyable learning.

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes

What made you decide to book with Gateway
I've used Gateway for a Seated Acupressure course previously and find the whole process from booking to qualification simple and user friendly, and I like that they offer courses near to where I live, making continued learning very easy and accessible.

Feedback from Kerri Lawson

A great tutor, she is very calming and made me feel relaxed in her class. I have learnt so much from her. Thank you very much.

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes

What made you decide to book with Gateway
I had recently done a course with gateway, It was good for me that it was a one day course as a lot were three days and that wasn't suitable for me.


Feedback from Katherine Thain

My tutor was fantastic and made me feel so welcome and has a wonderful teaching style.

I have attended many Gateway courses now and have never been disappointed - hence the reason I keep coming back for more!

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes
What made you decide to book with Gateway
Having attended courses previously with Gateway I had complete confidence that the course content and tutors would meet my expectations.

Where did you hear about Gateway? FHT Therapist Magazine


When can I start the course?

When can I start the course?

You can start the course as soon as you have made your first payment or payment in full to the tutor. You will then have instant access to an online version of your course manual and sequence videos via a link that will be emailed to you.

You can therefore start your course within 24 hours of your tutor receiving your course booking.


When will I receive my course manual?

You will have instant access to an online version of your course manual and sequence videos as soon as you have set up the instalment plan or paid the tutor. You will also be provided with a professionally printed and bound course manual on the day. You therefore DO NOT need to print out the manual and bring it on the course day.


Why don’t I need previous massage experience to attend this course?

As a baby massage instructor, you will be guiding parents/caregivers through the safe massage techniques you have been taught. You will never be massaging the babies in your class sessions, but showing the parents/caregivers what to do.

In class, you will be taught the important aspects of the baby’s anatomy and physiology and any cautions to massage. Baby massage is about the importance of touch and how bonding and attention with the baby is so vital.

You therefore do not need previous massage experience to be a great baby massage instructor. We do advise however that if you don’t have previous massage experience that you come from a health (such as nursing, health visitor, midwife etc.) or childcare profession (such as teaching or early years’ practitioner) However, if you do have previous massage experience then I am sure you will add value to your classes.

If you feel further massage training would be of benefit to you we do offer the ITEC level 3 in full body massage (details can be found on our web site) which you are welcome to train in later - the tutor can give you further information about this if required.


Where can I do my practical training day?

You can choose when to complete your practical training (from selected dates and venues), however you must book this part of your training via the Gateway Workshops website. You can choose your date and book it the same day as your home study part of the course, however the home study must be purchased before booking and/or attending your practical day. You need to complete both your home study and practical day to be awarded with your certificate.


Can I have some information about the tutors?

Kate will be your home study tutor. She has over 10 years teaching experience and is highly qualified in this field. She will be available to you via the phone, email, Skype and is also the practical tutor at some of the practical day locations along with Beth the onsite tutor.

The practical days training will run 10.30 - 4.30pm Weekdays or 11.00 - 5pm if you choose to attend on a weekend date. You will be given full support and guidance throughout this part of your course.


Will I be qualified to teach my own baby massage classes with this qualification?

Yes, as soon as you have completed your home study (reading through the course manual and answering 20 short questions) and attended your practical days training, you will be issued your certificate and be fully qualified as a Baby Massage Instructor.


Can I complete the course in a day?


You will need to have read through the course manual, answered 20 short questions (to be emailed to your tutor) and attend the practical days training to be awarded your certificate. Prior arrangement can be made with your home study tutor to return feedback and arrange postage of your certificate on your completion day if you need the qualification quickly.


If I have already attended baby massage classes and have prior knowledge, do I still need to complete all of the course?

Yes. Our course is accredited and recognised by professional bodies and organisations. You can only be awarded your certificate if you have completed and been assessed on all parts of the course.

This course involves much more than learning a baby massage sequence; you will be fully qualified as a Baby Massage Instructor where you can run your own classes (if you choose).

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