Massage Therapy Fundamentals - 96 Hrs
This is our core class. It is offered on weekends and as a day class. In this class, you will learn the basic foundation work as needed for professional massage work. You will learn to give a flowing, thorough, and effective Swedish-style relaxation massage.
You will develop technical expertise, correct posture and body mechanics, sensitivity to the exact pressure required, and the ability to be totally present as you work. An introduction to musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology will be taught. Emphasis is placed on developing confidence, presence, and the quality of touch needed for effective work.
Ethics, side-lying massage, health and hygiene, benefits, contraindications, establishing a massage practice, and proper draping technique will be taught. You will receive individual coaching in correct and efficient body mechanics from the beginning of the class, so that you will develop good postural habits immediately, enabling you to have a long, injury free career, where your work can be effortless, relaxed and energizing for you.
You will give and receive massage to fellow students. Hydrotherapy applications and other specialty work may also be taught. You will be exceptionally well prepared to begin working as a Massage Therapist. Completion time, 2 weeks to 6 months. This class is part of our 250, 500 and 625-Hour programs.
Training from an approved school is the requirement in California to become a Massage Therapist. However, some cities or counties may require a specific number of hours of training to issue you with a business license. If this is the case you can take the hours to be in compliance with any city ordinance.
All students who graduate from our Massage Therapy Fundamentals class have the option to register into our 250, 500 or 625-hr programs. To take advantage of the discounted rate you must do so by the time you complete your Massage Therapy Fundamentals class. You may also complete 250, 500 or 625-Hours by paying class by class.
Click here for a schedule of upcoming 96 hour Massage Therapy Fundamentals classes
To work as a Massage Therapist in California
You must complete your training at an approved school and also obtain a business license for the city or county you will be working in.
To obtain a business license you must
1. Be in compliace with any city or county ordinance applying to Massage Therapy;
2. Apply for certification through the California Massage Therapy Council (camtc.org, 500 hrs is required) and then take CAMTC paperwork to your city or county to apply for a business license without needing to comply with city or county massage ordinances.
Payment plans are available by arrangement with the director.