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Massage Courses

Chair Massage ideal for clients/people in offices, working over clothes targeting the back, neck and shoulders

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Chair Massage Courses | Seated Acupressure On Site Accredited Diploma

One day professional Chair Massage course is specifically designed for the back, neck, shoulders, the arms, hands and scalp. Seated Massage is also known as 'On Site Chair Massage' and 'Acupressure Massage'.

Extremely Popular Therapy - Clothing does not need to be removed, ideal for the office.

It can be carried out in almost any setting in a spa, clinic or ideal mobile too from offices to the gym or even outdoors, at all types of events. 

Many people use this therapy in offices, it is ideal as it is administered over clothing and is very effective for people with back and shoulder issues.

No creams or oils are used.

About this Chair Massage Course

This course is designed for both qualified therapists who wish to add to their repertoire but also for complete beginners who have not yet worked in this field.

Massage sequence works on the pressure points of the upper body.

Massage can be used in the workplace, at exhibitions, shopping centres and a shortened version can be offered for demonstrations.

The massage movements and techniques can be adapted to what is suitable for your client. Furthermore the length of time for treatment is flexible making this more attractive to busy executives. Around 10 - 25 minutes is the usual length of time for this type of massage.

A comprehensive manual is provided for all students which includes marketing opportunities

On successful course completion you will receive your certificate on the day of training.

After demonstration, students are then able to practice the massage routine on each part of the upper body. This practice then formulates the full routine which is carried out at the end of the day incorporating the back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands and scalp.


Techniques cover the following Meridian Lines:

  • Spine - Bladder Meridian
  • Shoulder - Gall Bladder Meridian
  • Arms - Heart Meridian, Large Intestine Meridian, Triple Warmer Meridian
  • Hand - two points on the Lung Meridian
  • Scapula - Bladder Meridian
  • Percussion and Tapotement moves are incorporated covering the erector spinae muscles along with some Indian Head Massage techniques to awaken the client after a relaxing treatment.

The 20 minute sequence is as follows:

  • Opening (warm up moves) down the spine to stimulate bladder Meridian.
  • Left shoulder, Left arm - various points stimulated as listed above for arm and shoulder
  • Right shoulder right arm
  • Lower back
  • Hips and tops of Glutes
  • Tapotement and IHM moves to finish

Just 6 students per class offering one to one attention.

The tutor will be mindful of protecting students from unnecessary body strain.
Correct posture will be taught and how to perform deep tissue work and stretches safely. The length of time for this therapy can vary to suit the setting and client and the tutor will advise you regarding the cost to charge and any insurance information you may need if you are a new therapist.


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. Alternatively you can buy a hard copy DVD Disc on the day from your tutor.

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.

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

This one day course is open to complete beginners or existing therapists, no previous massage experience required to attend.

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

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

Maximum of 6 in a class, keeping it small ensuring individual attention.

This course holds between 5 - 13 CPD points (all professional bodies are different please check with the one you are registered with for confirmation of points they award for one day courses)

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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

And also Dates & Venues Information

This information can all be found by going to the very top of this Page - Simply scroll up and then click on information tab link button of choice.

You can find the price, venue options and dates all located at the top of the page next to the 'Course Explained' Link 

Voted Guild Awards of Excellence Winner 'Best Training School' 5 years in a row.

We Love what we do and have a passion for teaching.

Our Promise to you - Repeat Your Course if Needed

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 £145.00

Where can I buy a chair from?

You need to make sure you get a good and reliable model that is not going to fall apart after just a few uses. We sell a strong yet lightweight option which is durable and very well made. Your tutor will be able to advise you where the best places are to buy a reliable massage chair.

For Existing FHT & CTHA Members

The qualification gained from the following course will only be accepted for professional practice and insurance if the student holds the pre-requisites of A&P and an accredited body massage qualification level 3.
Please note to be able to join the FHT and the CTHA their requirements for registration is a qualification in full body massage/ A & P level 3.

However if you wish to join a professional body and you do not have this training you can register with The Holistic and Beauty Guild who do not have any requirements for you to join. These details will be given to you on the day of your training, they offer a discount for therapy insurance for all Gateway students.

You are able to obtain their insurance cover without a certificate in massage so if you are a complete beginner as The Guild and other bodies will accept you so you can use this therapy professionally and charge your clients.

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.

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!

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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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, CTHA, Guild of Holistic Therapists, Embody, ABT - Associated Beauty Therapists, Towergate, Thinktree.

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

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 Vikki Hughes

Wonderful teacher, works at a good pace, checks for understanding, goes through the manual and allows plenty of time to practice the techniques, allows for questions and checks everyone is happy and gives 100% and more, gives support and encouragement. That's why I keep studying through Gateway. The teacher, excellent knowledge, friendly, gives support. Like the location and the facilities.

Feedback from Sarah Jayne Baker

A really lovely and welcoming tutor. I've done two courses now and thoroughly enjoyed both. The structure of the courses are simple and effective ensuring the greatest learning for all.

I've researched well in the past and recognise that gateway have an excellent reputation.

Feedback from Florence Hyland

My tutor was excellent she really knew what she was doing and you can tell that she loves what she does. She was wonderfully engaging and inspired confidence in me to get out there and work on the public which is amazing because I was very nervous at the beginning of the class. I actually did another class with her - Indian Head Massage - the next day after the Seated Acupressure and was already feeling confident going in because I knew how effective a teacher she was from the previous day. I'm very happy I booked these two courses with Gateway and would definitely book more.
I would definitely consider attending another course with Gateway. The method of teaching is brilliant as you get as much hands-on experience as possible throughout the day which is so important and you really learn so much working on your fellow students. Since the classes are so small you get all the individual attention that you need as well as retaining that personal touch that can be lost in a bigger college/university.

The manuals are clear and concise and were easy to follow in the courses that I took. I purchased DVD's in both classes to make sure I always have a visual form of the massage sequence to turn to just in case.

I chose Gateway because I was intrigued by the fact that the courses last one day and you can be qualified by the end of it. That really suited my needs as I just hadn't the money nor the resources to attend a college course every day for a year or more. I was so relieved to find Gateway, and the courses offered are exactly what I was looking for.


Feedback from Catherine Maniford

My tutor was brilliant put everyone at ease and made the day fun, which made it so much easier to take everything in, positive and supportive and professional. I would very happily do another course and would recommend to my friends and contacts.

I have only heard positive things about the Gateway courses. The nearest location to me is easy to reach. The course are affordable and very well taught.


Feedback from Lorna Egerton

Excellent tutor. Topic covered comprehensively with plenty opportunity to discuss application in the real world, attentive and enthusiastic. She always goes the extra mile and her wonderful approach to holistic therapies is both refreshing and inspiring.

Have attended previously and was really impressed with the quality of the teaching and the course materials.

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