Massage Therapy Program

Overview of Our Massage Therapy Program…

Your choice of massage school is an important part of the process in becoming a successful massage therapist. We pride ourselves on the education our students receive and their ability to transfer that education into real world practice after graduation. Our students will have access to job placement programs, a large alumni network throughout the Philadelphia area, and on-going career guidance as needed. We consider our students to be an extension of our family and seek to foster a supportive community that you can rely on.

The massage therapy program at The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to become a professional massage therapist. Students will be educated in the studies of Anatomy and Physiology, Massage Theory and History, and hands on practice in Swedish and Therapeutic Massage. Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to apply these skills in a clinical setting. Students will also become familiar with other modalities such as Sports Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, and Medical Massage.

Other Massage Schools…

The average massage school costs between $6,000 – $10,000 to complete your education. Most of these massage schools are national for profit education companies, many of which offer programs in addition to massage therapy. Some of these programs include skin care, cosmetology, skilled trades, and commercial driving (CDL training).

The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks is a considerable value compared to other massage therapy schools (see below) in the Philadelphia area. In addition to being a value financially, our massage school is just that…a massage school! That’s all we do, we help educate a new generation of massage therapists and continue that education throughout their career with our continuing education courses.

Massage Therapy

Our massage therapy program is designed with you, the student, in mind! We want to make sure that all of our students are able to pass the state examination (MBLEx), as well as have the necessary tools to be successful in their new career. We offer personalized instruction and on going career guidance to all of our students.

Introduction To Massage Therapy Class

Join us on September 20th from 10 am – 1 pm, for our Free Introduction To Massage Therapy Class. Tour our facility, speak with our admissions staff and instructors, and find out if a career in massage therapy is right for you.

Massage Therapy Program In detail…

Program Timeframe

The complete massage therapy program is 600 clock hours and breaks down as follows:

  • 260 hours of Massage Theory and Practice – 6 months, 2 five hour days per week.
  • 260 hours of Anatomy and Physiology – 6 months, 2 five hour days per week.
  • 32 hours of weekend instruction (2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays)
  • 48 hours of clinic hours – Done on students own time at the Academy Clinic, 40 one hour clinical massages & 8 administrative hours.

A clock hour is 50 minutes of classroom time.

Anatomy and Physiology

The massage therapy anatomy & physiology course is the study of the anatomical structure and it’s physiological functioning. It will give a basic overview of the structure and function of the body’s systems with particular emphasis on the skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, and circulatory systems. This course exceeds the 100 hour requirement set by the American Massage Therapy Association for anatomy and physiology. Students will also become certified in CPR and First Aid.

Massage Theory and Practice

This course will cover the basics of massage therapy including history, benefits and effects of massage, indications and contradictions and the requirements for the practice of therapeutic massage. Professionalism, ethics, client intakes, assessment and documentation will also be covered in this course.

This class will also educate the student in the practical application of Swedish Massage, draping and body mechanics. This course is primarily hands on, working on classmates and instructors.

Find Out What Makes The Academy of Massage Therapy Different From Other Massage Schools

If you want to be anything other than just another name in class get in touch! Our school is locally owned & operated with small class sizes and personal instruction.

Compare Massage Schools For Yourself

Don’t let high tuition convince you that equals into a better education. We are locally owned and operated, which means unlike national massage therapy schools, we don’t have excessive overhead to pay for. We offer our students a top notch education that will prepare them for their new career as a massage therapist at a reasonable cost. Our graduates will have all the tools necessary to not only pass their state exams, but to have a long and successful career in massage therapy.

  • Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks
  • $6,950
  • Cortiva
  • approx $11,000
  • Rizzieri School of Massage
  • approx $20,000
  • Lansdale School of Business
  • approx $14,000
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • approx $7,950 plus uniforms
  • National Massage Therapy Institute (Philadelphia)
  • approx $9,400

*all prices are approximate as of their most recent published date online