What to Expect While in School
Life of a massage therapy student….
Massage therapy educational programs can take 6-12 months to
complete. During massage therapy school, students will learn
many hands-on modalities and techniques as well as anatomy,
physiology, pathology, and professional development. A
massage student is not only a therapist-in-training but also acts
as a client receiving massage therapy from fellow classmates.
A massage program focuses on basic massage theory, techniques
and introduces students to anatomy and physiology. The
student learns about the human body through theory and physical
exploration during the hands-on portions of the courses.
Massage students learn how to combine techniques and systems to
address individual therapeutic needs. Every massage therapist
is unique in their approach and design of a massage
treatment. During the program, students will discover their
own creative approach.
Typical classes included in a massage therapy education:
- Swedish massage - A relaxing massage
using long-flowing strokes.
- Deep-tissue massage - A massage
that uses deeper pressure that is beneficial in releasing
chronic muscle tension.
- Trigger Point massage - A
massage that focuses on releasing knots or tightness
within a muscle.
- Sports massage - A massage geared
towards athletes that focuses on overused and stressed muscles from
- Reflexology - A therapeutic foot
massage, from Asian cultures, where pressure is
applied to the feet and ankles to relieve tension in the
- Chair massage - A massage that is
typically performed at events or businesses, where client is
clothed and seated in a specialized massage chair.
- Anatomy & Physiology - Studies
that cover the structure and function of body parts
and the body.
- Kinesiology - Study of human
- Pathology - Study of diseases of the
- Business & Ethics - A class
focused on building a business and maintaining
professional boundaries with clients.