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High quality massage therapy education is very important, and if you would like to study massage and turn it into a rewarding professional opportunity, there hasn’t been a better time to make the start! With millions turning to professional massage therapists every year, the demand for experienced, skilled therapists from established, professional colleges is increasing tremendously each year.

We offer a comprehensive, world-class Massage Therapy Training program that prepares our graduates for a successful and flexible career in massage therapy.

With nearly 30 years of being a leader in massage therapy training, we have continued to fine-tune and update the program at our massage schools through feedback from leading employers and massage therapy experts.

We believe that a student needs 800-hours of comprehensive training to be successful in massage therapy. Statistics have shown that students with 800-hours of training are more successful, have longer more fulfilling careers, and are better prepared to suit the ever changing needs of clients.

The courses available at the National Holistic Institute will help you study massage and learn massage techniques that work. These courses will help you learn how to give a body massage in a way that addresses your clients’ needs in a focused and professional manner. You will be trained thoroughly in every aspect of massage therapy and the alternatives it offers.

Learning Massage Therapy

To learn to massage like a master takes a lot of work, effort, and years of study and experience. At NHI, our programs are carefully designed to cut the learning time considerably and help you learn how to study specific needs and learn how to give a body massage like an expert.

Based on the fundamental principles of inner healing and holistic approach , courses at the National Holistic Institute equip you to understand different body needs of your clients, how they would react to different massage techniques and learn to massage using these techniques to help them heal quickly and relax completely.

Specific Massage Techniques

Anatomy: The study of the parts of the body, especially muscles and bones

Aromatherapy: The use of pure essential oils (from various plants) in a massage to enhance relaxation or attain other benefits such as skin quality improvement

Acupressure: The application of light pressure with fingers on special points on the body to enhance health or lessen problem – these are the same points as used in acupuncture

Deep Tissue: Work that focuses on the various deep layers of body tissue, often applied to long-term problem areas

Energy Massage: Techniques to balance the body’s energy, founded on scientific information about the body as an electro-magnetic field

Foot Reflexology: A relaxing foot massage that is said to address the whole body since areas of the foot “reflect” conditions/areas of the entire body

Hot Stone Massage: The application of warm stones to the body, either in a stationary position, or used as “gliding tools” along with oil

Kinesiology: Another name for anatomy, this is the study of the body’s movement and of specific muscles in detail

Lymphatic Massage: Deep massage work that flushes toxins out of the body

Pathology: The study of illnesses or abnormal bodily conditions

Myofascial Therapies: Myo-fascial Therapies (myo means muscle, fascia is a “lining” between skin and muscle, and around muscle bundles) includes advanced techniques designed for solving problems in each major area of the body: neck, shoulders, back, etc

Physiology: The study of the body’s systems, such as the Digestive System, the Immune System, etc

Pregnancy Massage: Massage that takes into account the special needs, such as body positioning and cautions, of a pregnant woman

Rocking & Shaking: Keeping the body in a continuous rocking motion to release tight muscles and loosen joints

Shiatsu: A style of work originating in Japan that uses finger pressure and stretches for body relaxation; done on a floor mat without the use of oil

Sports Massage: Techniques particular to athletes and highly active people, used to assist them in enhanced performance and quicker recovery from injury

Swedish: A popular style of oil massage that uses moves, such as long gliding strokes, that are aimed at relaxation and increased physical well-being

Thai Massage: The traditional massage of Thailand that focuses on yogic-type stretches

Traditional Chinese Medicine: The ancient system that sees the body from an “energy” point of view and forms the basis for acupuncture; at NHI, TCM is the basis for our Shiatsu classes and acupressure classes

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