Massage Therapy Program

The Massage Therapy Program from the Healing Arts Institute will give you the in-depth, hands-on training you need to practice as a professional massage therapist. Our 600-hour program over 36 weeks combines Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage with our proprietary Body Insight Method™ for transformative bodywork. As a graduate, you will be able to provide a variety of therapeutic massage techniques.

Your education will focus on learning advanced, therapeutic communication skills that will increase your clients’ awareness of their long-term health and well-being, leading to real and lasting change in their lives. All learning takes place on our Fort Collins, Colorado campus through a balance of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences, and you’ll be practicing hands-on techniques from the very start of the program.

Our massage therapy program is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and meets the national school average number of hours for massage education. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to test for the MBLEx licensing exam provided by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). We are also an assigned school of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)  and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Healing Arts Institute graduates have a first-time pass rate that far exceeds state and national pass rates.

Massage Therapy Program Highlights

As a student in our massage therapy program, you will learn:

    • The three key skills employers are seeking:
    • Full body relaxation massage
    • Corrective bodywork
    • Integrative massage for deeper pain relief
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology that has real-world applications in assessing your clients’ postural issues and correctly treating problem areas to relieve their tension and pain
  • Proper body mechanics (ergonomics) to keep your body pain free throughout your professional career
  • Professional skills that will impress future clients and employers
  • The Body Insight Method™, our exclusive Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) method that combines bodywork, active movement, and active awareness to help you master the true art and science of corrective therapy.

Learn all this and more from our experienced instructors.  All of them practice as massage therapists, and most are graduates of our program. Their energetic teaching style keeps classes upbeat so you can have fun while you learn.

Class Schedules

Spring Semester: February-November
Summer Semester: June-February
Fall Semester: September-June

We currently offer day and evening programs during the Spring and Fall semesters, and a day program during the Summer semester. (Subject to change with class demand.)

Evening programs allow you to work or stay at home with family during the day, then attend class at night. Classes begin at 6pm and usually last 3-4 hours. There are classes on some Saturdays during the day.

Day programs begin at 9am and typically run into the early afternoons Monday through Friday.

School holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


Click on the course names below to see the course descriptions.

We want to introduce you to the exciting field of massage therapy and bodywork. This seminar gives an overview of our program and what to expect as a student. It helps you focus and clarify your goals by asking essential questions that are specific to this field.

Hours: 0

This is the introduction to the field of massage. You will quickly develop the quality of your touch by focusing on texture, tone, tightness and the temperature of the people you work on. By the end of class, you will understand what it is like to be a massage therapist and be able to perform a complete full-body Swedish massage. Other topics covered: anatomy, movement theory, body mechanics, contra-indications, physiological benefits of massage, sanitation, hygiene, draping, oils/lotions and professional ethics.

Prerequisite: Healing Arts Program Orientation

Hours: 50

Movement Therapy techniques are blended into our program so you’ll know how to apply pressure without putting strain on your own body. Our instructors work with you to adjust your posture, so you have a better understanding and “felt sense” of correct posture. HAI takes it a step further by teaching you how to apply these techniques for the benefit of you and your clients. You’ll find that performing massage therapy with the correct mechanics reduces the chance of injury. It takes less energy and provides you with the foundation for a long and rewarding career in massage. This course also covers the scientific principles of movement kinesiology, the physiology of breathing, proper mechanics for On-Site (chair) massage and patient transfer from wheelchair to table.

Prerequisite: Massage 1 or Concurrent Attendance

Hours: 36

This course teaches you advanced integrative techniques. Students will learn how to apply the proper use of contact, rhythm, and pressure, along with assessment skills to assist in choosing the type of massage a client needs in the moment. You will learn acupressure, explore client therapist relationships, and more anatomy, kinesiology, energy work and integrative massage.

Prerequisite: Massage 1, Movement & Body Awareness or Concurrent Attendance

Hours: 50

We teach Anatomy from a functional viewpoint, helping you understand how tissues work together to support the body’s performance and what happens when disease or injury creates dysfunction. This course gives the student an understanding of human musculoskeletal anatomy in a fun and experiential way using hands-on tools like Maniken® clay models and involves palpation of muscles and bony landmarks. It is designed in easy understandable sections that directly relate to our massage and bodywork classes.

Prerequisite: None

Hours: 30

This course will build on the learning received in the Anatomy 1 course to assist you in mastering the field of massage and bodywork. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the structure, function, movement, mechanical relationships of muscles, bones and connective tissue, and the pathology of common neuromuscular conditions.

Prerequisite: Anatomy 1

Hours: 30

This class covers the functions of four of the primary tissues of the body: skin, nervous, muscle, and connective. Massage therapists need to understand the physiology of touch and what is happening in the client’s body when it is being massaged and manipulated. Students will explore how the nervous system responds to touch and the effects of stress and stress relief. In addition, you will learn how muscles contract and relax, the role connective tissue plays in every area of the body, and why massage is indicated or contra-indicated.

Prerequisites: None

Hours: 24

Students will learn how metabolic disorders, degenerative conditions and aging affect systems of the body. Focus will be on recognizing the signs and symptoms of disease and their contraindications. We will cover pathology of the 10 major systems of the body: musculo-skeletal, nervous, immune, integumentary, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive. Students will research and prepare presentations of chosen pathologies. This will enable them to make informed judgments about treatment for each client, to recognize when the issue is beyond their scope of practice and to enhance their confidence when speaking with health care professionals when the need arises.

Prerequisite: Physiology 1

Hours: 24

This class covers the functions of seven of the primary systems of the body. Systems focused on: skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive. Students will build on the functional understanding they gained in Physiology 1. This will enable them to make informed judgments about the most appropriate course of bodywork treatment for each client and enhance their confidence when speaking with health care professionals.

Prerequisite: Physiology 1

Hours: 21

Only the Healing Arts Institute offers this unique method. The deep soft tissue manipulation of the Body Insight Method releases long-held patterns of tension, trauma, and emotion. It is a style designed to affect change within postural imbalance, injury, and coordination difficulties. Its integrated Body-Mind approach demonstrates how symptoms often mask the underlying reasons for pain and disease. This course focuses on neuromuscular soft tissue manipulation, physiology and pathologies of the upper body. Included are assessment techniques, postural observation and proper manipulation to rebalance the body and reorganize muscle function.

Prerequisites: Massage 1, Anatomy 2 or Concurrent Attendance

Hours: 35

This course continues to build on the skills offered in Body Insight™ 1. Students will learn neuromuscular soft-tissue bodywork that focuses on the lower body and develop sessions that integrate massage with the breakthrough Body Insight Method.

Prerequisite: Body Insight 1

Hours: 35

This course offers advanced session formats using the Body Insight method to help you clarify and focus on client needs. Specific anatomy, physiology, pathology and intervention techniques are taught to correct common musculoskeletal postural dysfunction. It combines communication skills and bodywork, improving your ability to understand the underlying pathological factors that are involved in health and disease. Methods demonstrated help you create treatment plans utilizing a systematic approach of assessment, manipulation, stretching and exercise.

Prerequisite: Body Insight 2

Hours: 44

Whether you plan to develop a private practice or to work for others, we help you discover how to create a successful massage or bodywork business that fits your life. You will learn how to write resumes, develop a business plan, keep proper books, receipts, tax records, how to bill insurance, and the tax advantages of being self-employed. You will learn how to market yourself, hone your interview and presentation skills, and the best use these skills to gain the kind of employment you desire.

Prerequisite: Massage 1

Hours: 24

This course covers professional rules and ethical conduct required in the scope of practice of a massage therapist. Achieving success as a massage therapist is largely dependent on the practitioner’s professional ethics and the ability to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships. We will review the components of ethics, ethical dilemmas, and the responsibilities that the therapist needs to observe in all professional interactions with clients. This course also covers ethical rapport development by honoring individual learning styles, fosters customer service and helps you develop skills that encourage open communication and trust in a therapeutic relationship.

Prerequisite: none

Hours: 8

Students receive supervised guidance and practice in a clinical setting working with the general public. Instruction will be given on charting, intake, clinical procedures and client therapist relationships. Enhances confidence levels in dealing with the varied types of situations that arise in a massage practice. Clinic Seminar offers guidance and solutions to situations that arise in the clinical process.

Prerequisite: HAI Orientation, Massage 1&2, Movement and Body Awareness, Anatomy 1&2, Body Insight 1&2, Physiology 1, Business Development & Student Clinic Orientation

Hours: 70

Knowledge of preventative techniques for potential sports injuries gives you a competitive advantage in the field. You will learn the importance of pre and post event massage, flushing, and deep tissue neuromuscular techniques in the promotion of quick recovery from injuries. Additional topics covered: anatomical and pathological syndromes and conditions, multidirectional cross fiber muscle work, deep fascial release, and treatment protocols.

Prerequisites: Massage 2

Hours: 35

In this class you will learn cross-fiber manipulation, hydrotherapy, ice massage, vascular flushing, trigger point therapy, chair massage, pregnancy massage, and more anatomy and pathology. In addition, we will teach you how to develop therapeutic regimens, present case studies, and help you focus on clinical outcomes so you are more comfortable working with doctors, chiropractors and other medical professionals.

Prerequisite: Sports Massage, Anatomy 2, Body Insight 3

Hours: 44

This hot oil massage increases circulation, tones muscles and results in softer, smoother skin. It induces a deep relaxation response that is very calming for the nerves. Abhyanga is highly regarded by spas because it promotes increased levels of stamina, mental alertness and deeper sleep at night. We introduce you to Ayurvedic medicine, a system of health that stresses a balance of three elemental energies vata, pitta and kapha. When they are in balanced state, the body is healthy. When imbalanced, the body expresses disease.

Prerequisite: Massage 2

Hours: 20

This course is designed to assist you in finding the hidden patterns that cause pain and dysfunction. Students will learn muscle testing (Applied Kinesiology) for the major muscles in the body and a method to unmask whole body compensation. Common movement limitations will be discussed along with their compensation patterns and the chain of involved reactive muscles and joints. Methods demonstrated help you create treatment plans utilizing a systematic approach of assessment, application, and exercise. Active and passive testing will be demonstrated to identify whether an injury is in the muscle, ligament or joint capsule.

Prerequisite: Body Insight 3

Hours: 20

Total Course Hours: 600


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