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Massage Courses

For Beginners use with family or friends, Couples massage or Refresher for those wishing to brush up on skills

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Massage for Couples, Singles, Beginners and a Great Refresher Workshop

Massage workshop for Couples, Singles and Beginners, this is an Intro to/Refresher for Swedish Body Massage.

This massage workshop is great for complete beginners (singles or couples) wishing to use this with family or friends or those therapists who wish to brush up on their skills.

We have many partners attend this course as it is ideal for couples however if you are single and wishing to use this for family and friends we also accept individuals.

This workshop is just £130 per person and is very popular due to the small classes we offer.

The Holistic Massage Techniques you’ll Learn During this Workshop Include Effleurage, Petrissage, and Tapotement (or percussion)

  • Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  • Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  • Tapotement: Hacking and Cupping

Holistic massage feels good and is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being.

The Topics which are Covered in this Holistic Massage Workshop are

  • The benefits of Holistic Massage
  • Partial and total contraindications
  • Massage mediums
  • Classification of massage movements
  • Basic massage techniques and sequence
  • Massage aftercare

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.

Who is this Workshop aimed at?

We find that many people attend this workshop who are thinking of getting into massage as a career too, perhaps you are not sure if massage is for you and you want to make sure before you invest money into longer training.

This workshop is ideal for you! It will give you a full day to find out all there is about massage for the full body (the main parts that hold tension and stress - working on the full body does not mean every single part will be massaged as in a days workshops you will not have the time to cover all areas however the main ones will be focused on) and even get to learn a routine to use with family and friends and often afterwards many decide to take their training further.

If however you wish to just attend to use it for only personal use this workshop is perfect, most are surprised how much they learn in one day and how enjoyable it is.

Do I have to Bring someone with me or can I come on my own?

Our Massage for Couples, Singles and Beginners Workshop is also ideal for couples looking to work together and be able to learn how to give each other a massage - how wonderful! Makes a great gift too.

If you wish to attend on your own, you will be teamed up with another person on the day so you do not have to bring a model with you.

Many people who attend this course often massage members of their family but just wish they knew how to do it more effectively, this workshop is ideal.

Just 6 students for individual attention

This workshop is for beginners - no previous experience is required to attend.

For full workshop content please scroll down this page


Approved for CPD points only, this is not an insurable course it is a workshop for use with family and friends only

This is a workshop for use with family and friends only, if you wish to use a therapy with clients and charge, please book onto one of our accredited diploma courses as this is designed for personal use only as a workshop is not insurable for public use.

Many beginners start with the Indian head massage or chair massage - these are massage courses for beginners with no previous experience and can be used with clients professionally so you can gain insurance and charge for your treatments.

If you require information on a one day massage course to use professionally as a therapist with clients - please click on the link below:

If you are looking for a full body massage course to gain a professional qualification we offer the ITEC level 3 qualification - details for this course can be found here:

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

One day Workshop - Price £130.00

About this workshop

Do you want to incorporate massage in your life? This is an ideal course for you and if you wish to go on later and gain a qualification and be a professional therapist we also offer these courses.

This is a fun day but you will learn a lot as well; as well as learning you will receive a wonderfully relaxing massage. Ideal for singles or those who wish to come as a couple, you will learn how to give a full body massage in a small group of just 6, giving you one to one tuition.

Are you a couple and looking for a workshop to learn all about massage? We have many couples who attend our workshop looking for something they can share bringing them closer together.

Will I learn a full massage body routine?

A day is a short time to learn a full routine so we have put together the main parts of the body so you can learn a routine covering all the major areas that hold stress and tension.

What if I am not looking for a workshop but an accredited course so I can be a professional massage therapist - I want to learn how to massage the full body so what course should I take?

The information on this page is for our introductory workshop - However if you are looking for a more in-depth massage course that is accredited rather than a workshop then you would need to attend our ITEC level 3 full body massage course.

The course that allows you to use what you have learnt with the general public professionally and charge, if you would like this information instead - it is run over 5 days

Please click on the link below for this option:

Learning the moves was deeply satisfying. Giving a reasonable holistic massage is easy, but not immediately achievable: I don't think you could learn from a book. Both my partner Anke and I were cack-handed initially, but, in time, we got it. Success flowed from rhythm and confidence. We applied our new skills by giving partners a full massage - arms, hands, legs (back and front), feet, stomach, shoulders, neck, face and back. Just for arms, for example, not including hands, we mastered nine techniques.

After learning the moves on Anke, it was my turn to be the dummy. So the final part of the course for me was an hour long massage. That wasn't too taxing. Afterwards, we were euphoric. Perhaps it was a result of being massaged all day, but really I think it was the joy of learning a new skill so comprehensively.

Angus Watson - Journalist for the Telegraph (March 2009)

Hi Sue I attended Gateway's introductory massage workshop on Sunday and was very happy with it. The teacher made us very welcome and was supportive and encouraging throughout. She was always sensitive to our needs and made it a thoroughly positive and constructive experience all round. I hope to go on to study for a diploma in massage and will keep the examples at the forefront of my mind. All best wishes

Catherine Silvester

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.

What will I Learn on the Day?

Most of the day will be spent on achieving a practical routine which can be adapted for one's use on friends, family and oneself. The routine will be broken down into a series of formations which will provide a comprehensive understanding of how you can include massage very easily into your day to day life style.

This course is very popular and we only take up to 4 - 6 people (depending on venue) so early booking is advised.

There will be general information on History and Theory as there is so much that can be fitted into the workshop. The manual will include information for further study and a list of Reference books for anyone who wants to further their interest/ knowledge.

Techniques will be practised on each other so everyone gives and receives.

Holistic Body Massage Introduction/Refresher Workshop - Course Structure

This workshop is ideal for those of you new to massage & wish to use massage with family and friends, it is also a good reminder for those of you who have completed a massage course in the past and would like a refresher.

The term "Holistic Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The main purpose of Holistic massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.

Holistic massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Holistic Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.

All students will have the techniques demonstrated to them, and each will both give and receive the massage. There is a maximum class size of four, ensuring one-to-one attention at all times. Comprehensive notes for students to take home are included in the workshop price, and each will receive a certificate of attendance signed by the tutor.

This is another of our very popular workshops and there are limited number of places available, it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Can I really learn enough in just one day?


Our philosophy is to keep classes small in order to give more attention to each student, thus cutting down on class hours. You will learn the same technique offered by other companies; however we pride ourselves on one to one tuition in smaller classes. With all Gateway courses you will receive a fully comprehensive manual, which covers the course material and all aspects you have learnt on the day.


11 CPD course points has been awarded for this workshop

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.

For course times, venue information 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!

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.

Certifications/Qualifications Attained

You will receive a certificate of attendance

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 Paul Murphy

Excellent! very interesting very informative with a superb tutor who was very patient and made the course fun as well as informative. Money well spent would recommend to anyone who is interested in massage with a view to helping family and friends and anyone who would benefit from a good massage.


Feedback from Caroline Carruthers

Sue was an excellent tutor who offered not only the instructions and techniques as outlined in the course material but also techniques and tips tailored to each individual attending the course depending upon each persons desired outcome and specific aims.

The course outlined was exactly what I was looking for and there was a range of locations and dates to choose from.


Feedback from Ian Lloyd
Tutor Feedback
My tutor had a very nice manner - seamlessly removing any apprehensions and anxieties I had. She made sure that she understood what everyone wanted from the course and why they were there. Whilst the course was very basic and only an introduction to massage I think we all got a great deal from it, my tutor was very good at demonstrating the techniques and gave good additional advice as we went along. It was very helpful that she wrote down any additional tips etc. that arose and summarised them for us at the end so that we were not trying to update our notes during our hands on time - which can be very distracting. Overall a great day - lovely location, excellent tutor.


Feedback from Natalie And Tom

We thought it was wonderful! A truly lovely lady, could not fault in any way. She put us at ease straight away, considering the delicacy of the course, neither of us felt pressured, or "stupid" for asking questions, not that we asked many, as everything was explained brilliantly. The teaching was superb, was relaxed, but not so much so that it felt too informal. We still recognised the authority. I would definitely love to take another class held by her.

Course exceeded our expectations. I didn't think I would come away with all that knowledge and the feel of a qualified masseuse. We would definitely consider another course through Gateway. Manuals are brilliant! Photo's are great, very informative.

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