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Massage Courses

Traditional Thai foot massage using Thai foot sticks to stimulate reflex points and therapeutic massage

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Accreditation & Entry Requirements

Thai Foot Massage Course | Accredited Diploma

Professional one day training course is based on the Traditional Thai foot massage using Thai foot sticks to stimulate reflex points and includes a therapeutic massage to the legs and feet. The Thai foot massage is a popular choice for therapists, reflexologists and complete beginners.

This traditional technique dates back over 2000 years and is still practiced by Buddhist monks today.

Elements of the course include working on ‘Sen’ lines from the Ayurvedic tradition, these reflex points are stimulated using the stick, the course also includes foot wrapping techniques.

This course has taken over from reflexology as it is kinder to the therapist as you can avoid RSI in the joints by using a stick within your treatment and also achieving similar results.

The Course Content

  • Origins of oriental medical treatment a traditional Thai foot treatment
  • How to work safely with good posture
  • The History & benefits of learning this massage which is easy for beginners or wonderful for practitioners looking to add to their existing therapies
  • Discussion of Business Paper Work
  • Insurance forms given if needed & Medical questionnaire forms
  • Benefits & Contraindications
  • All aspects covered, Medical forms given out to take away and time for questions
  • Background and Benefits
  • Related Anatomy & Physiology
  • Contra-indications
  • Client consultation & record keeping
  • Techniques for a full routine you can use with your clients
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • A full and comprehensive manual is included in your course
  • Great tutor after-care


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

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.

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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 £145.00

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

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.

This course was put together by one of our top tutors, making sure you gain the most important techniques on the market today.

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)

Why is this Course so Popular?

  • Thai foot massage is as much in demand as reflexology
  • You will be able to obtain insurance. This will enable you to practice on the general public and charge for your therapy.
  • Concerned about RSI or painful thumbs then this course is ideal. It is a popular alternative, as this technique uses a Thai stick instead of thumbs and can achieve similar results for your client.
  • Gateway specialise in smaller classes to ensure individual attention and more personalized training.

The Benefits of a Thai Foot Massage?

  • It improves circulation in legs and feet
  • It stimulates lymphatic drainage
  • It helps remove toxins
  • It helps boost the immune system
  • It increases oxygen to the feet and legs
  • Reduces stiffness and improves flexibility

Other Benefits Include

  • Detoxification and strengthening of the immune system, thus preventing disease
  • Acceleration of physical healing
  • Deals with stress
  • Help with insomnia
  • Mental tiredness

The technique devised by Gateway Tutors is unique to Gateway as we include some methods from the Thai Body Massage.

Gentle stretches and massage to the legs have been added to the treatment, which your client will love, and add to the already tremendous benefits of this therapy.

A practical one-day certificated course, giving you an insight into the origins of Thai foot treatments which were first recorded in the famous ‘Wat Po Temple’ in Bangkok. It is believed that it has been taught here since the reign of King Ram the 3rd in the mid 19th century, so rest assured the treatment you will be learning is steeped in oriental medical tradition and history.

This therapy lasts for 30 – 40 mins and the tutor will advise you about the cost to charge your clients and insurance cover on the day of training.

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. If the tutor feels a second day is needed this will be offered free of charge.

With all Gateway courses you will receive a full comprehensive manual, which covers the course material and all aspects you have learnt on the day.  Additionally we have produced our own DVD’s which cover our courses and these show the techniques step-by-step exactly as you have learnt them; it also covers the contraindications. These DVD’s are available exclusively to our students and cannot be bought without taking a class, as its most important that you’ve both given and received the massage to do it safely and competently.

All the A & P you require will be included in your course manuals.


Q Do I need to hold a massage therapy qualification, which includes anatomy and physiology

A No - There’s No Governing Body for Thai foot Massage, so you do not need A & P for your insurance cover as this is not legally required.

Q Will I get individual attention throughout the training

A Yes, student numbers are kept to no more than six per course to provide the best possible opportunity for tutor attention and learning. As experienced tutors, it is very important to us that students gain a clear understanding of the material taught and walk away excited and passionate about Thai foot massage.

Q Are there case studies to do, exams to pass, or can I leave the course and use hands free massage straight away

A There are no case studies or written exams, as we are confident that we can deliver the material required in a day, due to small group sizes and expert tuition. However, certification will be based on continuing practical assessment throughout the day, as we know you would only want to start using this treatment when you felt fully equipped and competent to do so.

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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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!

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!

Course Accreditations

This course is insurable, accredited or approved by the professional bodies, CTHA, Embody, Guild of Holistic Therapists, 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 Lorraine Scatterty

It was excellent. This was my second course with this tutor. So impressed by her knowledge, her friendliness and ease of teaching.

The DVDs are invaluable along with the manuals. If you are unable to undertake the newly acquired skill for a long period of time, it is very easy to forget some parts of the treatment. I refer to both the DVDs and manuals to ensure I am doing my treatments correctly. Also the manuals contain extra very useful and informative information about conducting business. I was recommended to Gateway and having done three courses with Gateway am very happy to have recommended them and one of my friends recently undertook a course with Gateway to her satisfaction also.


Feedback from Sandy cameron

Really friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, very patient and had lots of tips to share re techniques & also discussed how different clients are, what sort of things you can expect. Really lovely teacher. I'm really excited with the new skills I have learned, and have practised at home, & am finding the notes I was given extremely helpful, to jog my memory! This is the first massage/treatment course I have ever done, but I feel confident because I received such close attention & teaching. I am really pleased I chose this course & that I had such a fantastic teacher!

The info was very full and detailed on the website, the dates & locations were varied so I was able to fit it into my regular working week. I liked the fact that Gateway was very clear and transparent with important info such as insurance and course content. I also liked that it was easy to contact them with any queries or concerns before (& after if need to)


Feedback from Paula Lawrence

I would like to say that this is the second gateway course that I have attended and found both to be excellent. The tutors have been extremely helpful and supportive, the venues have been good, in small towns that are easy to find. The rooms used were the right size, they were warm and beverages available all day. The teaching was excellent and the manuals are so helpful. I would recommend Gateway workshops to everyone who wanted to learn a new skill or add to the ones they already have. Thank you.

I was looking for some unusual natural holistic courses to add to what I do and you had them and of course also the reasonable cost of them. Also after doing the first one I liked the style of teaching and was informed that all the courses were taught with this framework.

The tutor was lovely, I think Gateway has a knack for finding special people to teach their courses.

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