Popular Massage Therapy Schools
These massage therapy schools offer reputable, hands-on training in a variety of massage modalities, ideal for students seeking a career in massage therapy. These programs will prepare graduates for massage therapist work in a spa setting, clinical environment or in sports applications, and also include the relevant business or medical training grads will need. Programs are available across the country, most lasting from a few months to a year.
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American Career College – ACC’s massage therapy program covers massage modalities like Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, sports massage and reflexology, and also touches on hygiene, sanitation and the business aspects of the trade. The program is available to students in southern California.
Brown Mackie College – The Health & Therapeutic Massage program at Brown Mackie College supplements its hands-on training with medical topics such as anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, preparing students to work with chiropractors, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals. This program is available in Indiana.
Everest College – The hands-on program at Everest College features training in Swedish, pre-natal, post-natal and geriatric massage, including both eastern and western theory. The program also covers business and ethics, and is available in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Florida Career College – Besides massage techniques, the Advanced Massage Therapist associate’s degree program at this Florida college covers anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, joint movement and other Allied medical courses. Massage modalities include sports massage, Swedish massage, hydrotherapy and deep tissue.
Globe University – The diploma and associate’s degree programs at this college includes instruction in Swedish massage, as well as chair massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage and other techniques. These programs prepare students to sit for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage, and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination. Globe University has locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
Virginia College – Virginia College’s massage diploma and associate’s programs teach students a variety of massage skills including relaxation and stress management, Swedish massage and neuromuscular therapy. Graduates are prepared to work in settings such as rehabilitation clinics, fitness centers, medical offices, hospitals, salons and chiropractic offices. Programs are available in South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
Western Career College – This college’s massage program covers techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, shiatsu, sports massage and hydrotherapy, as well as related health care, communications and business courses. The program is available to students in northern California.
Central Mass School of Massage Therapy – This central Massachusetts college specializes in massage therapy, offering students the option of specializing in general massage, spa therapy, or a combination of the two. Students can choose to take programs full-time (35 weeks) or part-time (71 weeks).
High-Tech Institute – The massage therapy diploma program at Hi-Tech offers instruction in Swedish massage, hydrotherapy, sports massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology and spa treatments, plus medical topics like anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, stress management and first aid certification. The program is available to students in Texas, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida and California.
Rasmussen College – Rasmussen offers a diploma and an associate’s degree in massage therapy covering Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, shiatsu, and aromatherapy. In addition to hands-on massage training, students learn the real-world business skills necessary to run a massage business. Programs are available to students in North Dakota, Minnesota, Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin.