Name of Program

Massage Therapy 1000

Program Length in Hours


Description of Program

This program is designed to provide students with complete and comprehensive training in all areas of massage. Specific emphasis is placed on preparing students with knowledge to open their own massage clinic or to become employed in the massage field working in a doctor’s office, a chiropractor’s office, an acupuncturist’s office or a health center. This program builds upon our  600 hour program providing greater emphasis on the best business practices for Message Therapists, the importance and practice of professional ethics, the effective management of a successful massage clinic and the art of successful communication.


Equipment Used by Instructors and Students

Anatomical charts, Essential oils, Body wrap materials, Massage chairs; Massage stools; Portable massage tables; Treatment tables, Heat lamps, Cold packs; Hot packs; Massage stone sets,

List the skills or competencies to be acquired by the student.

§  Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.

§  Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.

§  Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.

§  Maintain treatment records.

§  Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.

§  Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.

§  Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.

§  Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.

§  Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients' recovery, relaxation, and well-being.

Students will be instructed in the art of active communication and the importance of a client centered business communication. These topics will include:

§  Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

§  Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

§  Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

§  Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

§  Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

§  Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

§  Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Does Training Lead to Licensing or Certification

Certification Requirements:

Massage training can lead to certification by CAMTC, the California Massage Therapy Council. However, certification is voluntary. Local laws exist pertaining to work as a massage therapist or other body worker commonly called a masseuse or a massage practitioner. If an individual chooses not to be certified by CAMTC, the individual may opt to register in the community in which one chooses to work by contacting the licensing division or the city managers office for information pertaining to a given city’s jurisdiction.


This institution exercises its autonomy and chooses to offer programs 600 and 1000 hours in length. The school ownership is of the opinion that the development of professional skill requires more that 250 or 500 hours of study.


CAMTC certification is granted to those individuals who successfully complete a 500 hour program of instruction, pass a background check and meet other requirements of CAMTC.

Which Agency certifies or licenses graduates?

Oakland Police Dept or CAMTC

Is an Externship or Internship Required?


Name of Course(s) Within this Program of Study





     Heath & Hygiene

     Business & Ethics

Primary Content

·     Professionalism

·     Nutrition

·     Massage and the Legal Environment

·     Clinical Environment

·     Foundational Clinical Skills

·     Development of Clinical Skills

·     Refinement of Clinical Skills

·     Massage Techniques for Special Populations

·     Rehabilitative Massage I

·     Rehabilitative Massage II

·     Relaxation Massage

$1·     Medical Terminology

$1·     Deep Tissue Massage

$1·     Sports Massage

$1·     Pregnancy Massage

$1·     Massage Therapies and Healthcare


Business Development

  • Business Management
  • Professional Development
  • Theories of Holistic Wellness
  • Client Relations and Communications
  • Business Skills
  • Allied Modalities
  • Assessment Skills
  • Special Populations

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Requirements for Completion

To complete this program a student must attend a minimum of 85% of the scheduled hours of instruction, achieve an average score of 75% or greater on quizzes and exams, and pass an instructor monitored practical exam demonstrating competence in the fundamentals of the basic manicure care.