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Massage School Programs

Get the Skills to Be a Massage Therapist

8 Month Hands-On Massage Therapy Training

As Massage Therapy continues to grow in popularity, qualified massage therapists are in demand now more than ever before – which makes it an exciting time for you to build a bright future in this rewarding, healing profession!

Become a Qualified Massage Therapist

The Massage Therapy Training Program is ideal for individuals ready to launch fulfilling, flexible careers as massage therapists.

As an NHI student you’ll gain real-world experience treating the public in our on-campus massage training clinics. You’ll also be personally mentored by a dedicated team of experienced massage professionals. Having direct client experience and personalized support in our program will fully prepare you to make a smooth transition from student to massage professional.

NHI recognizes everyone learns differently. Our programs employ multiple methods of teaching including Audio, Visual and Kinesthetic, to support you in learning the material you need to be a successful massage therapist.

Skills include the following Western massage modalities:

  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Aromatherapy & Spa Life
  • Hot Stone Massage

As well as Eastern modalities:

  • Shiatsu
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Hand & Foot Reflexology
  • Acupressure
  • Energy Work
  • Rocking & Shaking
  • Thai Massage

In addition to comprehensive massage therapy training, as an NHI student you’ll also receive practical business training to help turn your passion for massage into a successful, lasting career. Learn to build your client base, manage your time and even be your own boss.

Get Prepared for California State Certification

Upon completion of this program, graduates are fully prepared and qualified to take the MBLEX exam required for California state certification.

Convenient Morning, Afternoon & Evening Schedules

This program is designed to fit the needs of busy adult learners. We understand the lives our students lead, and how important it is to have balance. Many students are working, taking care of family and/or juggling other commitments while they attend school. Choose the schedule that best fits your lifestyle.

  • The full-time program can be completed in 8 months
  • The part-time program can be completed in 10 months or 12 months

Get Ongoing Career Support

You will have access to a Student Life and Career Counselor to support you each step of the way, from the first day of class and throughout your career (even long after you graduate).

As a leader in massage therapy education for over 30 years we have a large network of employers, many of whom are NHI graduates, and other contacts that we use to help you thrive as a massage therapy professional.

I compared my experiences with NHI with my esthetician school.  There was no comparison – the NHI Program – the whole ‘mentor’, ‘senior’, ‘juniors’, intergroup competitions, group identity and pride, the whole experience, was designed beautifully.  Not to mention the amazingly passionate, well-informed and interested educators on staff.  As a result, my former group mates are still some of my closest friends.

Sarah Donnelly, NHI Graduate with Honors

Career Opportunities

NHI graduates enter the field with confidence, knowing they have the skills it takes to build the career they want. You will learn skills that allow you to run your own practice. You may choose to work full or part-time in a variety of exciting professional settings, such as:


  • Athletic Teams
  • Marathons & Sporting Events
  • Health Clubs & Fitness Centers


  • Wellness Centers
  • Natural Food & Health Stores
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Massage Clinics


  • Corporate
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Offices
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy

Luxury Lifestyle

  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Cruise Lines
  • Upscale & Boutique Hotels


  • Own Your Own Business as a sole practitioner
  • Provide on-site Chair Massage at offices, airports, retail locations, public and private events

We wholeheartedly believe that being a well-trained massage therapist gives you the ability to improve your life, career and community in ways that will make you and the people around you happier and more fulfilled.

Do What You Love!

Is a Rewarding Career in Massage Therapy Right for You?
Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Massage Therapy and exploring whether NHI is right for you, fill out the form on this page and receive more information.

For immediate questions, please call 800.315.3552.

Do You Have Previous Massage or Healthcare Experience?

If you have prior massage training or healthcare experience in fields such as physical therapy, chiropractic, nursing, athletic training or other related fields. Check out the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program.