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Sports Massage Professional

Enhance Your Personal Training Career with Massage Therapy.

If you’re ready to earn additional income on top of personal training, and enhance the services you provide to your clients, you owe it to yourself to consider your potential as a sports massage therapist.

8 Month Massage Therapy Training Program

As a personal trainer you have the stamina, inquisitive mind, knowledge in kinesiology, and passion for enhancing an active lifestyle that’s needed to become an all-star massage therapist. You can start training at National Holistic Institute’s industry recognized Massage Therapy Training Program and become a sports massage professional in as little as 8 months.

As a Sports Massage Therapist you’ll be able to…

  • Enhance the value you provide for your clients.
  • Take care of your clients issues instead of referring them to someone else.
  • Enhance the well-being of athletes, help optimize their performance, prevent common injuries and provide relief to the physical discomfort that goes hand in hand with exercise.
  • Locate an area of dysfunction, aid in the relief of facilitating improvement in the area, and watch the athlete go out and perform well.
  • Provide sports massage at events on the local, national and international level.
  • Work with collegiate teams or pro athletes.
  • Work in exciting settings such as the Summer or Winter Olympic games, National Powerlifting Teams, NBA,WMBA, NCAA, & More!
  • Have clients who have an exceptional awareness of their bodies.
  • Work in a variety of environments, including outdoors at triathlons, marathons, bicycle races, track meets, and more.
  • Network with other massage professionals at at athletic events and meet prospective clients.

Becoming a Qualified Massage Therapist

The Massage Therapy Training Program from National Holistic Institute (NHI) provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to become a qualified and confident massage practitioner.

As a student in this program you’ll get individual guidance in important sports medicine areas, including:

  • Kinesiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Myofascial Therapies
  • Pathology
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Massage
    And More!

You’ll also receive training in Eastern modalities such as Shiatsu and acupressure to complement your practice.

In addition to comprehensive massage training, business and science classes equip you with all the skills you need to work in the rapidly-growing industry of massage therapy.

Real World Training

Massage is unquestionably a hands-on field, and at NHI we believe that’s how it should be taught. As a student in this program you’ll treat real clients, under the guidance of licensed instructors, in our on-campus clinics. You’ll feel comfortable and fully prepared to transition from student to working massage professional after gaining so much direct, real world experience before you graduate.

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 Prepared for California State Certification

Upon completion of this program, graduates are fully prepared and qualified to take the MBLEX exam required for California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) Certification.

After completing 500 hours of the program, you’ll be eligible to begin the application process for CAMTC certification. Once you’re certified you can work in the massage therapy field. If you become certified before graduating the program, you can begin working while you finish your training.

Career Opportunities

As an NHI graduate, you will have the skills it takes to build the career you 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.

Individuals who choose to focus on athletics may work for Sports Teams, at Marathons and other Sporting Events, in Health Clubs and Fitness Centers and more.

Help others stay in optimum health and get the most from their bodies.

Get The Support You Need To Launch A Successful Career

Massage training isn’t about getting a diploma to hang on the wall – it’s about developing the future you desire. As an NHI student you will be mentored by a dedicated and passionate team of massage therapy professionals committed to your success. You will also have access to a Student Life and Career Counselor at each campus to assist you with each step of becoming a massage therapist.

It is our mission at NHI to help you find work you love. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 over 87% of our graduates were working in the field of massage therapy.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.





“I chose massage therapy because it would enhance my career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. I plan to combine my current career as a Personal Trainer with my newly acquired bodywork skills and knowledge of the body and muscles to better be able to help my clients achieve their athletic potential.

I plan on bringing effective, specific bodywork to increase athletic performance and decrease injury rate and rehabilitation time to the world of CrossFit.”


– Gillian McGraw | Petaluma Campus



“My name is Mark Fadil and I am the co-founder of Sports Medicine Institute (SMI) in Palo Alto, CA. We are a non-profit, public benefit corporation and over the last 16 years have been providing the most up-to-date and advanced orthopedic massage therapy for performance enhancement, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation.

Over the past few years I have been working closely with the National Holistic Institute. I have overseen numerous NHI interns and have hired a number of NHI graduates for employment as massage therapists. I have been exposed to a lot of massage therapy schools since I started SMI, and NHI rises head and shoulders above the rest.

One of my goals at SMI has been to weave Orthopedic Massage Therapy (OMT) into the fabric of the medical community and establish OMT as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for preventing and treating the soft tissue component of orthopedic injures and dysfunctions. As a result, my therapists have to be able to communicate proficiently with Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists and other health care professionals. Due to the education received at NHI, graduates can effectively do this. They have a comprehensive understanding of orthopedic pain and dysfunction and know how to apply and strategize this knowledge into effective treatment protocols. Furthermore, NHI is only getting better. They are constantly striving to improve the educational opportunities available to their students and work with the community to ensure the best possible job opportunities for their graduates.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for the work that NHI is doing in the field of massage therapy. I plan on continuing to maintain a close relationship with them as it is beneficial for us as a business and for the profession as a whole. I hope this helps to provide a better understanding of the value of NHI as well as how NHI is perceived in the community. If you have any questions for me regarding NHI or our relationship with NHI, I would be more than happy to speak with you.”


– Sports Medicine Institute – Mark A Fadil – Co-Founder


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Dianne Evans | San Jose Campus’s photo

NHI had a full curriculum that I really enjoyed. I also really loved the campus – the campus was just beautiful. Because of my education at NHI, I was able to not only get a job as a massage therapist, but I actually ended up buying a spa right before I graduated. I had no intention of buying a spa but because the previous owner was looking to sell it and she knew I went to NHI she decided that I would be a good fit to purchase her spa.

Dianne Evans | San Jose Campus