Our massage school teaches modalities to ground future massage therapists in both Western and Eastern approaches. Our students graduate with a balanced sense of creativity and rationality to serve each unique client for the benefit of the individual and the greater community.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll be qualified to register as an LMBT. And because of our attention to career development, you’ll be positioned to start immediately on a prosperous, rewarding journey of helping people with healing touch.
Our program includes these courses, distributed progressively in a format designed to keep students engaged and to allow ample time for processing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I expect to work straight out of CMI?
A: You might choose to work for yourself, in a health care provider’s office, or at a spa, gym or walk-in massage clinic.
Q: What are other typical next steps after massage school?
A: The national certification exam and state licensing application are requirements to practice massage and to charge for it. Another important step is developing professional connections with other massage therapists, health care providers, or potential employers. Consider the areas where you might like to specialize and find the best instructors for your continuing education. For instance, our director of education Ruth Newnam chose to complete 160 hours of the Vodder School lymphatic training.
Q: How many hours a week should I expect to work?
A: A full load is somewhere between 12 and 20 table hours a week. Add to that time for prepping the room, returning calls and emails, sending reminders, laundry, and self-care. Add 30 minutes of prep or admin work for every appointment. A 15-session week will then look more like 22.5 hours at work.
Q: What kind of schedule will those hours follow?
A: Massage therapy allows you to set a flexible schedule. You’ll do best when you offer a consistent set of hours for your clients. CMI’s careful attention to the business of massage therapy will equip you to find the right balance between consistency and flexibility.
Q: Don’t your hands get tired giving all that massage?
A: No, your hands quickly grow strong! CMI will teach you proper body mechanics (how to use more than just your thumbs!) and self-care so that you don’t wear out or injure yourself. Your legs will show fatigue first, but good standing surfaces, ergonomics, and shoes help a lot.