Our next classes in Massachusetts will begin on Monday, September 18th, in Boston, and Tuesday, September 19th, in Easthampton. Our next class in St. Paul will begin on Tuesday August 1st. Class sizes are limited, apply now for best chance of admission.
The Massage School program emphasizes hands-on learning, while adhering to the guidelines established by both the Massachusetts State Board of Massage Therapy, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, and the National Certification Board. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board Certification exam, and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX), although an exam is not required in Massachusetts or Minnesota to obtain licensure.
We designed our program to produce massage therapists with excellent technical skills. Our graduates are prepared to begin their professional career immediately upon licensure, without any time necessary to “get up to speed”.
For the details of our St. Paul program, please visit the St. Paul page.
Our Massachusetts program takes about a year to complete. It's part time, and scheduled primarily on nights and weekends. The base tuition is $9,800. However, we are currently offering $4,000 scholarships to all students that are admitted, which reduces tuition to $5,800.
In addition to our Massachusetts students receiving a $4000 scholarship, every student pays via a 12 month interest free payment plan, which works out to $485 per month.
The Massage School has two campuses in Massachusetts: Easthampton, and our new Boston campus. We also have a new campus in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Class times in Easthampton are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6pm to 10pm, and Saturday days, 10am to 6pm.
Class times in Boston are Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 11pm, and Sunday days, 10am to 6pm.
Besides classroom hours there are also a variety of times to sign up for to complete supervised clinical practice. Supervised clinical practice is completed at a varying pace, depending on your availability.
Anatomy and Physiology
- Integumentary System
- Musculoskeletal System
- Cardiovascular System
- Blood Lymphatic and Immune systems
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Urinary system
- Reproductive system
The study of common pathologies encountered in the practice of massage and how they impact the application of massage, specific indications, contraindications and precautions to the application of massage in the presence of these pathologies.
Location, identification and palpation of the bellies and attachments of the major muscles of external movement of the body.
Theory + Technique
- Identify and describe the physiological effects of touch and specific massage.
- Identify and describe potential emotional effects of touch and specific massage techniques.
- Define and describe the interpersonal and physical components of a therapeutic environment
- Develop competency in musculoskeletal palpation and pain assessment skills relating to the appropriate application of massage techniques.
- Develop a safe and effective treatment plan, based on client goals, assessment findings, and understanding of effects of massage.
- Write clear, concise and accurate notes of client treatment sessions.
- Demonstrate commonly recognized techniques that are within the scope of practice and training for massage therapy disciplines. Demonstrate techniques that are appropriate for each body area, including endangerment sites.
- Demonstrate the use of draping during treatment as a professional boundary.
- Identify and practice appropriate methods of sanitation and personal hygiene in the performance of massage sessions.
- Identify and describe the effect of physical fitness and life style habits on the performance of massage techniques.Identify and demonstrate biomechanical skills necessary for the safe and effective performance of massage techniques.
Ethics + Professionalism
- Define and demonstrate active listening, rapport, empathy and feedback.
- Identify strategies to effectively deal with emotional and behavioral client responses to massage therapy treatment.
- Describe the principles of conflict resolution and apply conflict resolution skills effectively in the client-therapist relationship.
- Define and discuss the differences between a personal and a professional relationship.
- Discuss the importance of professional boundaries. Describe techniques for establishing and maintaining safe and respectful boundaries with clients.
- Identify and describe the purpose of a code of ethics. Identify and describe the purpose of Standards of Practice specific to massage therapy.
- Identify confidentiality principles related to massage therapy
- Identify common ethical situations in massage therapy and strategies to effectively resolve ethical issues.
- Identify and design effective methods for time management, client scheduling, and maintenance of the work environment.
- Outline an employment strategy, including short and long-term professional goals.
- Create, maintain and identify legal requirements for retaining client, financial and tax records.
- Demonstrate knowledge of federal, state and local regulations as they pertain to massage therapy practice.
- Identify the elements of effective job search and marketing materials such as resumes, brochures, and business cards.
- Identify and discuss common methods of marketing for massage therapy.
- Identify strategies to develop and maintain a client base.
- Discuss the value of ongoing education and skill development as a professional.
- Describe methods for identifying advanced training programs to enhance performance, knowledge and skills.
- Identify the role of professional associations for massage therapists.
Includes Shiatsu, Thai Massage and Reflexology.
Supervised Clinical Experience