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What Will I Learn in Massage School

June 8, 2015

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Get to know the human body, massage modalities, and the business of massage therapy

Some people who are considering the Massage Therapy program at First Institute are surprised when they read about the classes included. After all, some aren’t what most would consider massage classes, but they are vital to developing your overall knowledge and expertise. What you learn in each class builds and adds skills to help you become a professional massage therapist.


A close up of a man massaging a womans neck


Cornerstone classes

Massage therapists use the power of touch to heal, alleviate pain and stress, and enhance well-being. It is necessary to learn about the human body and how it works. These classes include college-level courses:

  • Anatomy – Study of muscle and bone structure of the human body is important to a massage therapist
  • Kinesiology – Study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement
  • Physiology – Study of the function of body parts
  • Pathology – Study of the disease process and how it affects the body’s functions
  • Self-Wellness – Techniques for self-awareness and care for each individual’s well-being, including yoga, tai chi, meditation and nutrition
  • Five Elements – Study of the forces within the universe of larger and smaller, contracting and expanding, interacting and cogenerating systems

Massage classes

Many of the classes are exactly what people expect to see and explore modalities and techniques. Those classes include:

  • Swedish massage
  • Chair massage
  • Sports massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Therapeutic applications

Business classes

Your training includes a couple of classes people wouldn’t expect to see in a massage therapy school. Our program is comprehensive. We want you to be a knowledgeable, well-rounded professional ready to succeed.

  • Business Management – While massage therapy is a healing art, it is also a business. You’ll study effective communication, record keeping, tax information, employment versus independent contracting, advertising methods and professional ethics.
  • Professional Development – Your goal in taking the massage program is to find a job, right? This course will help you with your job search, including resume preparation, interviewing skills and guidelines for seeking employment.

Job outlook for massage therapy school graduates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of massage therapy jobs will increase 23% by 2022*, making it one of the fastest growing professions in the country. Depending on their area of specialization, massage therapists can work in health clubs, fitness centers, hotels, spas, resorts, cruise ships, physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes, just to name a few.

Are you ready for a rewarding career?
First Institute offers hands-on massage training to help you on the path to a fulfilling and exciting career. For more information about our Massage Therapy program, contact us today at 815-459-3500.

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, at

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