JANUARY 3, 2019, to NOVEMBER 21, 2019
8:00 am to 3:00 pm
SATURDAYS 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
(every other starting January 12)
(once a month starting January 27)
can be paid monthly or in lump sums. The Vermont Student Assistance
Corporation, VSAC, offers grant assistance for those who qualify.
Apply for a VSAC grant online or call toll-free (800) 642-3177 for an
application. Students must pay at least $2,500 once started that
will not be refunded. If for any reason you can’t finish the
program, tuition will be pro-rated at $850/month completed. If
tuition is paid in full you will be refunded per month that was not
completed, less $2,500.
are also given a discount for any continuing education course taught
by one of our instructors. Students are also welcome to come back
and review their skills in any class or continuing education course
we teach for free the first time. If they would like to return
again, they will be charged a small fee for review.
program is an 11-month program that meets every Thursday, every other
Saturday, and one Sunday a month. Our program is taught by
three different instructors who provide a variety of theories on how
to treat the body. You will also need to complete 55 internship
hours by the end of the class. Those internship hours will
consist of onsite massage for other businesses, at athletic events,
or at fund-raising activities.
remainder of the hours will be internship hours done in our office
working on our clients. We will set all of those up for you, and
each has its teaching benefits.
we go onsite, we will teach you different types of massage to treat
people, fully clothed, on a table or in a chair.
In our office you will work on clients who are very
experienced with body work. These clients are able to give
constructive feedback, and we are able to discuss treatment plans
with you before you begin. Our student clinic is a valuable learning
tool for students.
will need to purchase writing utensils, small tip markers, colored
pencils, three sets of twin size sheets, two hand towels and a
use the Anatomy Coloring Book as a resource for learning about the
body. You will need markers for coloring this book.
– We suggest flannel that you can buy anywhere. You can get them
from Massage Warehouse, most department stores, or we can supply
them. Anything less than $20 a set is a good buy.
Tables – The
tables must be purchased by our school. We buy our tables from
Custom Craftworks and have been for over 20 years. They build
beautiful, quality tables and give us a discount that we extend to
you. The tables range in price from $300 up.
– All of the books required for class are included in the price
of tuition. They will be distributed on the first day of class.
– You will be given your first bottle of oil and face lotion.
You may purchase any oils/creams/lotions on your own.
are allowed 4 absences throughout the program. If absences
are a problem, then students will be expected to make up the class
time in scheduled review sessions. The cost of those sessions is
$50/session. Attendance is vital for success; therefore, we
take absences very seriously. If a student is chronically absent or
late, then a meeting will be held with the instructors and the
student. We will evaluate the situation and class status. We
reserve the right to withdraw a student from the class in such cases.
will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of the information in
Anatomy & Physiology I and II by written examination. Students
will also be tested on Oriental medicine, pathologies, business
practices, ethics, and professionalism. These tests are not designed
to trick students; they are designed to help students retain the most
important topics being discussed. As licensed instructors, we are
able to teach to any learning style. We will help you succeed if the
will is there.
are also evaluated at least five times throughout their program.
These evaluations are done by the instructors. Students perform a
massage treatment on the instructor and are then evaluated on the
effectiveness of the treatment. Students will need to schedule at
least five hours a week on practicing massage outside of class. This
practice is very important in learning the sequences that are taught,
in learning how to work using proper body mechanics, and how to
really feel the body. Practice does make perfect. Students will also
need time to color and study for the anatomy portion of the class.
This time can be a few hours for some and many hours for others.
Your commitment to success will pay off in the end. We will try to
help you learn study techniques so that this portion doesn’t take
over your life.
Swedish Massage Techniques – Swedish massage provides the
base for any massage program. Swedish is a series of strokes
applied to the body with oil. There are many different forms of
Swedish massage. Our approach is to teach a sequence of performing
those strokes. We believe in giving a relaxing treatment that will
also be therapeutic.
Anatomy & Physiology I/Kinesiology – Knowing the
skeletal system as well as the muscular system are very important in
treating clients. This class will provide you with knowledge of the
skeletal system, over 100 muscles, and the joints that are formed by
the two systems. Understanding the primary movement a muscle
performs is very important in understanding injuries and tensions,
so we will spend a lot of time assessing that movement.
Anatomy & Physiology II – Many people are aware of the
benefits of massage on the muscles, but what they don’t know is
how it affects the rest of the body. This class provides the
knowledge of ten other systems of the body and how massage directly
affects them. Students learn how to treat the whole body not just
what’s on the surface. Students should also have the knowledge to
communicate these benefits to clients in helping them to achieve
Deep Tissue Myofascial Therapy/Kinesiology – Many people
think that deep tissue massage means pain. Deep tissue isn’t
supposed to be painful; it is supposed to be relieving. This class
teaches students how to work individual muscles in a variety of ways
to help these muscles release. Students are taught to work the
tendon areas, the muscle belly, and to work with movement of the
muscle. We will assess range of motion and perform movement
techniques to lengthen muscle fibers that will help the muscle
perform efficiently. This work is the most dramatic work you’ll
do. Our practice has eight massage therapists who specialize in
this form of massage, and we are all very busy because of its
Shiatsu – The body is composed of twelve meridians that run
in different lines along the body. In shiatsu, students learn how
to treat these meridians and specific points along those meridians
to balance energy. Each meridian is associated with an organ of the
body and can be governed by our physical stress, emotions, exercise
habits, and diet. Students are taught to look at the areas of
imbalance and treat them to achieve balance. Study of the five
elements, chakras, and feng shui are also a part of this class
Introduction to Reflexology – Students are given brief
instruction of reflexology techniques and a treatment plan.
Prenatal Massage – Students will learn the
contraindications of massage during pregnancy as well as the
benefits to prenatal massage. All therapists will have a pregnant
client at some point in their career; knowing how to treat them is
an invaluable gift.
Pathology – As massage becomes a way to treat the body and
prevent illness, we are becoming more aware of its benefits. We are
also becoming more aware of the times where massage may become a
detriment. This course teaches well over 100 pathologies. Students
will learn about the disease, if massage is appropriate, and what
precautions to take.
Onsite Massage – Students will learn techniques for chair
and table massage. This type of massage is done over clothing and
can be done in any setting. Onsite massage is a great way to
introduce people to massage.
Clinical – Here students hone in on their skills. Students
work on each other and in our clinic. Students are able to evaluate
a client, design a treatment plan, and discuss the results with us.
Business Practices/ Ethics/ Marketing – Learning how to run
a massage business is just as important as learning the strokes of
massage. Students will learn the top ten steps for success and the
top ten mistakes that people make. Students will create a business
plan which includes marketing techniques. Students will also learn
record keeping strategies and tax preparation. Lastly, students
will learn the ethics of massage. This is taught year-long but
emphasized again here.
Cupping – Students will learn the ancient method of fire
cupping that is still used by many acupuncturists today. As massage
therapists, we use cupping techniques to release adhesions and
relieve tight fascia.
CPR/First Aid – We bring in a licensed instructor to teach
CPR/First Aid to our students. Students will leave with a 2-year
certificate and must continue to re-certify on their own.
Hydrotherapy – Students will learn the uses of multiple
hot/cold therapies. The benefits and contraindications of using
hydrotherapy techniques will be discussed at length. We will also
talk about how to blend these therapies with many other modalities.
Thai Massage – Students will learn a method of movement and
stretching that is done with the client fully clothed on a table.
Thai massage is a progressive form of stretching similar to yoga
that opens up deep tight muscles.
Reiki I – We bring in a Reiki master to attune students to
the universal life energy, helping prepare them for treating others.
We discuss energy and the importance of putting a barrier between
them and their clients from any negative releases. Reiki is also a
modality that has little to no contraindications so is valuable in
allowing therapists to touch anyone.
WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE FOR 750 HOURS OF MASSAGE AND WILL QUALIFY
FOR THE NCBTMB or MBLEX EXAMINATION.