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Massage Therapy

720 Hours: 36 Weeks
Credential Issued: Diploma

The 720 Hour Massage Therapy program is designed for those individuals who are seeking a career in therapeutic massage and bodywork.  The program is also suitable for those who are adding skills to their profession as health care workers in nursing, physical or occupational therapy or any other related field.


To train individuals in the art and science of therapeutic massage. The knowledge and skills acquired by the students will prepare them for the occupation of massage practitioner. This course is also designed for students who wish to take the “Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination” (MBLEx).


This program is designed for those individuals who are seeking a career in therapeutic massage and bodywork. The program consists of course work and practice sessions.


Meet admissions requirements. Be in good health and have the physical ability to stand on your feet, move tables, and perform massage therapy.



Course # Title Theory  Lab/Clinic Clock Hours
Totals 540 180 720
HHMT 101 Therapeutic Massage Theory and History 30
10 40
HHMT 102 The Human Body 30
10 40
HHMT 103 Massage Principles, Applications and Medical Errors30
10 40
HHMT 104 Skeletal and Muscular Systems 30
10 40
HHMT 105 Nervous System and Kinesiology 90
30 120
HHMT 109 Neuromuscular Therapy 60
20 80
HHMT 106 Secondary Body Systems, CPR and HIV/AIDS 90
30 120
HHMT 107 Oriental Modalities and Hydrotherapy 60
20 80
HHMT 108 Western Modalities and Basic Pharmacology 60
20 80
HHMT 110 Business Principles, Law and Ethics 60 20 80


– Massage Therapy, principles and practice 5th Edition by Susan G. Salvo ISBN-13: 978-0323239714 ISBN-10: 0323239714 Copyright: 2016
– Mosby’s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage: Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Pathology, 3rd Ed. 2009, Elsevier, ISBM 978 0 323 04869 9
– Milady’s Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, Beck, Mark, Milady Publishing, 2011, ISBN 10: 1-4354-8523-8
– Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques: Classic, Holistic, and Emerging Methods, Tappan, FM and Benjamin, PJ. Appleton & Lange. 2010 ISBN 10 0-13-507999-3
– Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, th Edition, Fritz, Sandy, 2013, ISBN 9780323077408
– Evidence-Based Therapeutic Massage: A Practical Guide for Therapists, 3rd Edition. Elizabeth Holey and Eileen Cook, Churchill Livingstone, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7020-3229-5

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and other registration fees are due on or before the last day to register for any given semester. Students should consult the Academic Calendar regarding the registration deadline. Students will not be officially enrolled in Healing Hands Institute until all fees are fully paid. Any students owing money to Healing Hands Institute, regardless of the debt, will not be permitted to register.

The selection process of Healing Hands Institute will allow for admission of students on the basis of the applicants’ academic credentials in addition to a review of all the information contained in the application, both academic and personal. For that reason, applicants may also submit letters of recommendation in order to give Healing Hands Institute a complete picture of the applicant, as a student and as a person.

Admissions requirements to specific graduate programs may vary – students should refer to the program descriptions found in the Catalog for additional information.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Institute. An applicant’s total undergraduate record including grades, educational objective and pattern of courses completed, as well as personal and professional goals will be considered.

Payment Methods

Financial Aid Advisement
The school is not accredited or approved for Title IV funding. The school does not offer Financial Aid. The admissions representative provides information about payment plans. Advisement includes determining if the individual wants to pay in full or make a deposit and pay the balance in installments. Tuition and fees may be paid by credit card, check, or money order at the Administration Department. On or before the last day of the Registration Period, the students should have either

– paid in full
– or paid a deposit of $100.00 or more and elected to participate in the Payment Plan that allows students to pay in installments.

Those students who choose to pay in installments during the semester must do so according to the Payment Plan, with a minimum deposit of $100.00 and the rest paid in installments with no interest charges, payable on Installment Due Dates, as set forth by each individual student. All installments must be paid one month prior to the end of the semester. All late payments will have a penalty of $25 late fee charge to the account.

Retention Rates

 2013 - 2014  2014 -2015  2015 - 2016 
Total 8 100% 4 100% 17100%
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Placement Rates

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Course Wheel

In this course, students will learn about the history, timeline and development of the massage therapy profession. Important figures who have contributed to the profession will also be discussed. Basic techniques including indication, contraindications, precautions and endangerments sites will be reviewed.

This course will enhance the student’s knowledge of cell structure, function and Integumentary System. Students will have a basic understanding of the relationship between cells, their functions and the tissues they are part of. The human body compass will also be part of the class along with the most common skin pathologies.

In this course, the students will gain the basic understanding of hygiene and asepsis in the massage therapy practice, client positioning and draping methods, proper body mechanics and Swedish massage techniques. Additionally students learn to intake a client’s health history and practice all aspects of the preparatory, treatment, recovery and after-care phases of the Swedish massage. Common medical errors regarding the massage and bodywork profession will also be addressed. All this will be performed in a laboratory setting allowing the students to safely and effectively perform a Swedish massage under the supervision of an instructor.

This course will enhance the student’s knowledge of the Bones and muscles Anatomy, Physiology and Pathologies. Additionally, most common pathologies and a brief treatment will be presented after each system.

In this course the student will review basic nervous system structures and their interaction with the muscular and skeletal system. Additionally, application of the principles of anatomy of the preceding systems to the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of human movement and their relationship to planes will also be taught. Additionally, associated bones, bony landmarks and stabilizing ligaments for major joints. Major muscles and their Origin, Insertion and action will also be discussed. Most common pathologies and a brief treatment will be discussed after each system.

The aim of this course is to gain a basic understanding of the human, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, HIV/AIDS, digestive, urinary, reproductive and respiratory systems as they pertain to the massage profession. Basic principles of nutrition will be discussed. Most common pathologies and a brief treatment will be discussed after each system. And cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This course covers the concepts of Qi, Yin/Yang and the Five Element Theory and their relation to Traditional Asian Medicine. It also introduces various Oriental Modalities such as Shiatsu, Reiki, Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic Massage including the study of the Chakras and Reflexology. Additionally, the course introduces the basic principles and practice of Hydrotherapy including contemporary hydro therapeutic modalities.

This course introduces basic concepts of a variety of Western modalities such as Connective Tissue Massage, Rolfing, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic, Prenatal, Sports, and Chair Massage among others. Basic principles of m pharmacology will be discussed in order to understand the interaction of some drugs and massage.

Prerequisite: HHMT 105
Translation: A student must take HHMT 105 before taking HHMT 109
– This course gives the opportunity to practice skills and techniques related to advance injury evaluation and trigger point treatment of subjects with diverse conditions, such as: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lordosis, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and other Neuromuscular-related conditions. We will discuss the history of trigger point therapy. Define trigger point therapy and reference zones.

Students learn business and marketing in the field of massage and bodywork. This includes business planning, client-practitioner relationships, boundaries and professionalism, ethics, resume writing skills, marketing strategies and job search. Regulatory laws and requirements for the practice of massage within the state and nation will be discussed.

This three month course helps prepare the students to pass the State Board Exam for massage and bodywork. (This is a Postgraduate course)