Massage Therapy School Program in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Get the Skills to Be a Massage Therapist
40 Week* Massage Training Program

You already know how rewarding it is to see someone smile when you have helped them; making someone’s day better is something you’re really good at. Your friends and family—and even strangers—tell you often how grateful they are for all you do.

Imagine having the ability to make people feel their best through the healing power of touch. If you’re interested in health and wellness and are looking for a rewarding career that fits your lifestyle, becoming a professional massage therapist could be an excellent opportunity.

Let First Institute help you with getting ahead in life; let’s make sure you have the skills needed to become inspired in your career.

Flexible Schedules

Already working? No problem! First Institute has both daytime and night time programs available. Daytime class hours are 2 days a week (Mon/Wed or Tue/Thurs) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and the night time schedule is 4 nights a week (Mon through Thurs) from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Become a Qualified Massage Therapist

The Massage Therapy Program from First Institute in Crystal Lake, Illinois, blends art and science to provide the hands-on training, clinical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a healing career in massage therapy.

As a First Institute massage student you receive personalized guidance from a dedicated instructor with years of experience working in the massage field. You’ll learn how to assess musculoskeletal problems and use massage treatment methods and techniques that address disorders of the neck, back, elbow, knee, sciatic nerve, and shoulder, as well as carpal and tarsal tunnel syndromes.

The best way to see if First Institute is the right fit for you is to see it for yourself. You can tour our facilities, get all your questions answered, and meet with both students and instructors. Schedule a Tour Now or Get more info >>

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The Business of Massage

In addition to massage techniques and services you’ll also receive practical business training, including managing a massage practice and valuable techniques for self-wellness.

Get the comprehensive tools to turn your passion into a rewarding, sustainable career.

The Skills You Will Learn Include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Physiology
  • Chair Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Anatomy
  • Swedish Massage
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Five Elements/Eastern Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage/Neuromuscular
  • Therapeutic Application
  • Energetic Technique
  • Sports Massage
  • And More!

Get Real-World Experience – Onsite Student Clinic

Massage is a hands-on career and at First Institute we believe that’s how it should be taught. Our onsite student clinics provide a valuable opportunity to apply classroom learning in supervised professional setting on real clients. You will have the opportunity to spend 160 hours getting practical experience in First Institute’s Healing Arts Center.

Feel fully prepared and have lots of confidence to make the transition from student to professional massage therapist – you’ll gain so much practical clinic experience even before you graduate!

Career Opportunities

Did you know? Massage Therapy has become the most widely-used complementary care field in the United States. Graduates of this program may choose to pursue a variety of interesting positions, including:

  • Massage Therapist
  • Clinical Massage Therapist
  • Sports Massage Therapist
  • Swedish Massage Therapist
  • Hot Stone Massage Therapist
  • Dance Company Massage Therapist

Many qualified massage therapists go on to be self-employed or even start their own massage practice!

Massage Therapy Certifications

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible to take the following certification exams to further set you apart from the crowd and increase your potential employment opportunities:

  • Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBlex) and
  • The State of Illinois State Massage Therapy License exam (MBlex is required)

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One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. For once in my life, I enjoy coming to school!
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Funding Your Education

Many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. At First Institute, Financial Aid is available to those that qualify. An experienced First Institute Financial Aid Advisor will help determine your eligibility, explore the best options for you and support you every step of the way through the application process.

Also, our programs qualify for a variety of military training assistance options, including GI Bill, MyCAA, REAP, DEA. Check out our Military Education Benefits page to learn more.

Get the Support You Need to Launch a Successful Career

Massage training isn’t about getting a certificate to hang on the wall – it’s about training for a rewarding career you care about, and giving you an opportunity to be satisfied with your ability to care for your family. First Institute is dedicated to supporting you throughout your career.

While First Institute cannot guarantee job placement, our Career Services Department maintains contact with prospective employers throughout Illinois and advises them of talented students’ abilities and availability. Career services can help you:

  • Create a cover letter and resume
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Assist you through the job search process

Is a Rewarding Career in Massage Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Massage Therapy and exploring whether this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

A helpful First Institute Admissions Representative would be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

For immediate questions, call 815-459-3500.

* 40 week program length when completed in normal time.