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Myofascial Release is a quick and powerful method of releasing pain and tension in your clients body

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Myofascial Release | Accredited Diploma Course

Professional one day training course in Myofascial Release, a quick and powerful method of releasing pain and tension in the body, your clients will benefit as it allows you to go straight to the area of pain such as the back, neck, hips etc.

Myofascial Release (MFR) is the new “buzz” word in Massage and Bodywork. It is the missing link, making it highly recommended as an invaluable tool to add to your existing practice.

This course is designed for the therapist looking to add these techniques to their existing skills, so they are available to use straight away.

This is a must for the serious massage therapist that is looking for techniques to help release pain and tension with the clients, it will help you stand out from the crowd with a powerful routine you are sure to be recommended by your clients! 


After you have completed this 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.

About this Course

MFR is a specialised treatment that releases restrictions within the connective tissue, enabling stuck, hardened and dehydrated areas to become soft and pliable and re-introduces movement within the body allowing a complete release all the way to cellular level.

This Myofascial Release Course is for the full body and is open to experienced therapists with a full body massage qualification.

Our MFR Course Includes

  • Gross and Focused Release of Muscles
  • Skin Rolling
  • Sacral Release
  • Cranial Base Release
  • An introduction to Unwinding
  • Related Anatomy & Physiology
  • Contra-indications
  • Client consultation & record keeping
  • Techniques for a full body routine you can use with your clients
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Comprehensive manual is included in your course

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

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

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

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)

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 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 above Accreditation & Entry Requirements tab

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Course Times

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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 £165.00


Fascia is the soft tissue part of the connective tissue and provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle (Myofacsia). However due to overuse, trauma, infection, inactivity and disease this soft tissue can become restricted. This frequently results in pain, muscle tension and reduced blood flow.

Furthermore, irritation of fascia or muscle causes inflammation and if this continues and becomes chronic it can result in fibrosis, or thickening of the connective tissue. This thickening causes pain and irritation creating a cycle which can result in ischemia (reduced blood flow) and somatic dysfunction. Myofascial techniques aim to break this cycle through a variety of methods acting on multiple stages of the cycle.

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a type of soft tissue massage incorporating stretching and elongating of the connective tissues such as fascia. It is a powerful method of releasing tension from problem areas such as the neck, the diaphragm, lower back and pelvis. Myofascial Release is a safe, effective, hands-on technique, involving gentle sustained pressure and stretching into the myofascial connective tissue. This helps to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Myofascial release usually begins with a gentle massage which is designed to warm and loosen muscles. As the therapist works, he or she identifies areas of tension which require further attention, and will return to those areas to stretch and work the fascia. Sometimes myofascial release can be quite intense, especially in the case of muscles which are holding a great deal of tension and stress.

The time factor for this therapy is important, often a stretch of the fascia may be held for 3 - 5 minutes and so the therapist must be patient and use appropriate body weight to maintain the stretch for the suitable length of time. The time element has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon. Using  a low load and gentle pressure slowly applied will allow a viscoelastic medium or fascia to elongate, thereby releasing the restrictions within the fascia.

About this treatment

A Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. It works on the principle that many people hold stress in their muscles causing them to seize, tighten or lock. Injuries or scarring will exacerbate this. The purpose of myofascial release is to access these areas of blockage and tension and release them, by freeing up the muscle and allowing it to move more easily.

During MFR treatment, the client can be worked on in various positions, or the massage therapist may only stretch a muscle in a small way, using a few fingers to get deep into the muscle and pull it into a beneficial stretch. Working with the breath in combination with the stretches should maximize the effectiveness of MFR.

Regular myofascial release can improve posture, counter-act muscle soreness and increase flexibility and help with a variety of conditions some of which are listed below:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Disc Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Planta Facitis
  • Physical Stress
  • Postural Irregularities
  • Psychological Stress
  • Scars
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Whiplash

This largely practical, one-day course is designed so you can learn the techniques and use them straight away in your practice alongside your current skills. We place an emphasis on releasing deep rooted tensions in the front of the body, which are often ignored in traditional massage yet are key to improving posture and flexibility.

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.

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.

For Existing FHT and 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.

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, FHT, Guild of Holistic 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

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!

15 CPD course points has been awarded for this course by the beauty guild, 5 points 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 as this is through Holistic Insurance Services who will add it to the therapists insurance.

Feedback from our Students

Feedback from Heather Brown

The tutor was very enthusiastic about fascia release & it showed in the way she taught. She is friendly & approachable & gave guidance throughout the day. I would recommend & attend courses that she provides again. The Gateway site is very easy to use! Explanations of the courses & locations etc are easily accessible & there are no hidden costs!


Feedback from Donna Chamberlain

A lovely lady, very friendly and knowledgeable, I would definitely go on more of her courses.
The Gateway Workshops I have been on have been very informative with very good tutors and I have come away confident and happy with the courses.


Feedback from LOUISE MERRICK

This is my second course a brilliant teacher, she was so passionate and enthusiastic about the subject and she knows a lot about it too, very approachable and kind and I would definitely consider doing more courses with her in the future.

Did the course live up to your expectations? Yes

Would you consider attending another course with us? Yes


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