Massage Therapy Training

Massage Therapy Training

With massage therapy training, you will be able to practice a healing art that has been perfected and performed for thousands of years. You will be able to work in spas, gymnasiums, doctor’s offices, athletic organizations, and resorts all over the country.

Massage therapy can be a lucrative part-time job, as well as a full-time career. Luckily, massage therapist jobs are expected to grow over the next decade, increasing by as much as 35%. After massage therapy training and education you will be able to launching a new and exciting career.

See what massage therapy training programs are enrolling today.

Massage Therapy Training Programs Enrolling Now

Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute doesn’t just teach. We engage, excite and inspire you.

Cortiva Institute is the country’s largest dedicated massage therapy and skin care school with 30 campuses in 13 states and a national reputation for excellence that sets the industry standard.

Students choose Cortiva Institute because we care about the same things you do: innovation, real-world experience, and promoting the highest standards in education and the industry. Our culture challenges students to grow, not only academically, but personally and professionally- by training to care for others, Cortiva Institute graduates become the best versions of themselves.

The full Cortiva Institute experience gives you the tools and confidence to succeed, from our holistic, hands-on curriculum, to expert faculty- all practicing specialists in their field- who guide you every step of the way.

Our programs balance science and artistry, so you’ll love what you’re learning, whether you hope to become a massage therapist, makeup artist or aspire to specialize in skin care. The support you’ll get, from teachers and peers alike, is the best motivation to follow your dreams.

Why choose the Cortiva Institute?

  • A diploma in as little as 7 1/2 months*
  • Convenient Day and Night classes that fit your life
  • Dynamic clinical internships built into each program
  • 1,000s of jobs available across the country
  • Support in finding a career that gives you joy
  • Accomplished instructors and faculty to guide your development
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify*

Thousands of New Job Opportunities Every Year

Cortiva’s National Career Services Department has developed a worldwide network of thousands of employers, which generates an average of more than 5,000 new job opportunities nationwide for Cortiva graduates each year.

Of course, your success ultimately depends on you. The Cortiva Institute cannot guarantee employment or salary. But our career services assistance starts when you are a student and does not stop even after you graduate. From your first job to your last in the industry – whether you need help tomorrow or ten years from now – we’re here to help you succeed.


The Cortiva Institute Illinois campuses are approved by IBHE. The Charlottesville campus is certified to operate by SCHEV.

*Programs and program length may vary by campus. Financial aid is not available for the 300-hour Skin Care Training Program at the Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale campuses or the Professional Skin Care Program and Makeup Artistry & Skin Care Program at the Tampa/St.Pete campus.

Campus
  • Federal Way, WA
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Arlington, TX
  • Newington, CT
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Orem, UT
  • Westminster, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • York, PA
  • Wall, NJ
  • Aurora, CO
  • Joliet, IL
  • Seattle, WA
  • King of Prussia, PA
Programs
  • Massage Therapy

Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences

Welcome to the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy and is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country.

The college is proud of its long-standing program in massage therapy, that leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree, and has since also added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Nursing. Three certificate programs are also offered in Medical Billing and Coding, Personal Training and Clinical Medical Assistant. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we pledge to continue to offer programs of the same quality that made our massage therapy program a landmark in healthcare education.

Campus
  • New York
Programs
  • Massage Therapy

McCann School of Business & Technology

You’ll Love Our Flexible Program Options

Not everyone can devote an entire day to classwork. Some students work full- or part-time jobs while others have children and families to care for. We realize that life can be busy and hectic, so we developed flexible programs that allow students to attend classes at times that are convenient for them.

If you’re looking for flexible career programs, look no further than McCann. We can help you earn an ASB/AST Degree or Diploma without giving up your job or sacrificing time with your family.

Campus
  • Lewisburg
Programs
  • Professional Massage Therapy - Associate in Specialized Business
  • Massage Therapy - Diploma

Length of Massage Therapy Training

Massage therapy training takes about a year, but this can depend on several factors. If you are interested in learning the basics of massage therapy and hope to find a job soon, it is possible to complete massage therapy training on a reduced schedule. If you choose to specialize in a specific and advanced type of massage, your massage therapy training can take longer. The requirements of the state you plan to work in will also determine the length of training.

There are 37 States that have laws regarding massage therapist licensing, with different amounts of massage therapy training required. Becoming a nationally certified massage therapist requires a minimum of 500 hours, though your state may not require this. Research the specific requirements of your state before undertaking massage therapy training.

Massage Therapy Training Classes

Most massage therapy training programs have diverse courses for in-class instruction, demonstration, and hands-on practice. The best massage therapy training will teach you all of the skills covered on the massage therapy certification exam. Basic massage therapy training covers topics like anatomy and physiology. Practicing therapists must understand the structure and composition of the human body to fully master the art of massage. You may also take classes in kinesiology (the study of physical movement) and pharmacology, to recognize how prescription medicines affect the body.

Your massage therapy training can also teach you about the different kinds of massage, called modalities, currently practiced. These include the chair massage, deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, Swedish massage, sports massage, and acupressure massage. In addition, many holistic medicine schools that offer massage therapy training also have courses in aromatherapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture.

With an eye towards a successful career, most massage therapy training programs require students to enroll in business management classes. Learning how to prepare for an interview, seek employment, launch a business, and self-manage are critical skills that will help you become a successful massage therapist in any work environment you choose. Your training program should keep a log of your training hours and submit them to the National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers (NCBTMB).

Massage Therapy Training and Certification

Massage therapists, like most medical professionals, need massage therapy certification to successfully find work. There are two ways to become certified by the NCBTMB. You may take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) or the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM). Certain massage therapy training programs are geared towards preparing students for these exams and they can help you schedule and practice for them.

Also see:

  • Massage Therapy Schools by State