Get the Skills to Be a Massage Therapist

Slog through a job you hate or train for one you love? You decide.

Attn: Career Changers – 8 Month Massage Training Program

So, 40 is the new 30? Thanks, but no thanks.

We’re always indebted to our past selves, but there’s something so exciting about moving on from uncertainty and self-doubt. This is the age where you know who you are and what you want and you have the means and opportunity to make it happen – why not embrace it?

If you’re ready to do something for you - to pursue a rewarding future in a career that can evolve as you do - you owe it to yourself to take the time right now to explore massage therapy training.

Why ‘Later in Life’ Career Changers Love Massage Therapy

“It’s too physically demanding. I can’t get established in something new. I’ve chosen my path.” These are just some of the false obstacles we put in our way. But individuals in their 40s and beyond are finding tremendous satisfaction and success in massage careers.

The essential nature of touch endures as we age. In a recent study out of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine*, participants in their 70s reported lower levels of stress hormones, took fewer trips to the doctor and had higher levels of social interactions after routinely performing massage on infants.

As a massage therapist, you often set your own hours so you have the freedom to work full or part-time and create the schedule that works for you. Whether caring for children or aging parents, or continuing to work another position, massage allows you to create balance.

This flexibility also allows many therapists to work well into “retirement age” (whatever that even means these days).

Growing Demand - Growing Opportunity

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.**

By 2050, according to the Pew Research Center projections***, the nation’s population of people 65 and older is expected to more than double, to 86 million from 41 million in 2010. This aging population is spurring new fields and job openings for those in their 50s to 70s to care for those who are 80 and older.

Becoming a Qualified Massage Therapist

National Holistic Institute (NHI), with seven campuses throughout California, offers comprehensive massage therapy training that’s ideal for adult-learners ready to get moving in a new direction. Training at NHI is career-focused, so you get the skills and experience you need to advance without spending years in school.

The program includes in-depth practice in proper body mechanics and self-care so that you are able to consistently give massages without burning out.

As a student in this program you’ll gain skills in Western massage modalities, including:

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

Plus, in-depth training in Eastern modalities, such as:

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

Plus, get the industry-specific business training to pursue building your own practice.

Convenient Morning, Afternoon & Evening Schedules

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.

Real World Training

As a student in our program you’ll work on the public, under the guidance of licensed instructors, in our on-campus clinics. You’ll feel comfortable and fully prepared to transition from being a student to working as a massage therapy professional after gaining so much direct, real world experience before you graduate.

Funding Your Career Education

Financial Aid is available to those that qualify. An experienced NHI Representative will help you explore all your options and determine the best approach for you, including help with any necessary paperwork.

You Deserve To Do What You Love!

Is A Rewarding Career In Massage Therapy Right For You?
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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.

A helpful NHI Admissions Representative would be happy to answer any questions you have and help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

To speak to a knowledgeable NHI Admissions Advisor, give us a call at 1-800-315-3552.

** Bureau statistics are national and may not reflect the exact job demands in your area.


"I am an architect and I decided to explore massage therapy as an alternative to spending eight hours a day at a desk. Every class was amazing and I loved the AVK teaching method that is used at NHI which is learning by hearing, seeing and doing, it really helped make the curriculum easy to learn because we got the information in so many different ways."

Anne Nelson | Emeryville Campus
Anne Nelson | Emeryville Campus
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