M|Power your future in massage therapy

Start your new career journey with just $166.66 down and no payments until you are working!*

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Innovative hybrid programs

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No payments until you are working and earning

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Scholarships available

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Employers ready to hire you upon graduation - in writing!

* Eligibility requirements apply

Massage therapy is an in-demand career

Our innovative hybrid model allows you to save time and money and we have employer partners ready to sponsor you to become a massage therapist.

We are currently offerring Massage Therapy Programs in:

*We currently cannot offer this program to residents of New Jersey

Massage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education program of 500 or more hours of study and experience, although standards and requirements vary greatly by state or other jurisdiction. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification.

Education

Education requirements for massage therapists vary greatly by state or locality. Education programs are typically found in private or public postsecondary institutions. Most programs require at least 500 hours of study for their completion; some programs require 1,000 or more hours.

A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required for admission to a massage therapy program. Programs generally include both classroom study and hands-on practice of massage techniques. Programs cover subjects such as anatomy; physiology, which is the study of organs and tissues; kinesiology, which is the study of motion and body mechanics; pathology, which is the study of disease; business management; and ethics.

Programs may concentrate on certain modalities, or specialties, of massage. Several programs also offer job placement services and continuing education. Both full-time and part-time programs are available.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In 2016, 45 states and the District of Columbia regulated massage therapy. Although not all states license massage therapy, they may have regulations at the local level.

In states with massage therapy regulations, workers must get a license or certification before practicing massage therapy. State regulations typically require graduation from an approved massage therapy program and passing an exam.

The exam may be a state-specific exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) licensure exam, offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

Massage therapists also may need to pass a background check, have liability insurance, and be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Many states require massage therapists to complete continuing education credits and to renew their license periodically. Those wishing to practice massage therapy should look into legal requirements for the state and locality in which they intend to practice.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Massage therapists need to listen carefully to clients in order to understand what they want to achieve through massage sessions.

Decisionmaking skills. Massage therapists must evaluate each client’s needs and recommend the best treatment on the basis of that person’s needs.

Empathy. Massage therapists must give clients a positive experience, which requires building trust between therapist and client. Making clients feel comfortable is necessary for therapists to expand their client base.

Integrity. Massage therapists often have access to client information such as medical histories. Therefore, they must be trustworthy and protect the privacy of their clients.

Physical stamina. Massage therapists may give several treatments during a workday and have to stay on their feet throughout massage appointments.

Physical strength and dexterity. Massage therapists must be strong and able to exert pressure through a variety of movements of the arms and hands when manipulating a client’s muscles.

Time-management skills. Massage therapists must tailor an appointment to a client’s specific needs. They must use their appointment time wisely to help each client accomplish his or her goals.

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

Duties

Massage therapists typically do the following:

  • Talk with clients about their symptoms, medical history, and desired results
  • Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
  • Manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body
  • Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture
  • Document clients’ conditions and progress

Massage therapists use touch to treat clients’ injuries and to promote the clients’ general wellness. They use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissues of the body.

Massage therapists may use lotions and oils, and massage tables or chairs, when treating a client. A massage can be as short as 5–10 minutes or could last more than an hour.

Massage therapists talk with clients about what they hope to achieve through massage. They may suggest personalized treatment plans for their clients, including information about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions.

Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage or modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques.

The type of massage given typically depends on the client’s needs and physical condition. For example, massage therapists may use a special technique for elderly clients that they would not use for athletes. Some forms of massage are given solely to one type of client; for example, prenatal massage is given only to pregnant women.

Some massage therapists travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage. Others work out of their own homes. Many massage therapists, especially those who are self-employed, provide their own table or chair, sheets, pillows, and body lotions or oils.

A massage therapist’s working conditions depend heavily on the venue in which the massage is performed and on what the client wants. For example, when giving a massage to help clients relax, massage therapists generally work in dimly lit settings and use candles, incense, and calm, soothing music. In contrast, a massage meant to help rehabilitate a client with an injury may be conducted in a well-lit setting with several other people receiving treatment in the same room.

Injuries and Illnesses

Because giving a massage is physically demanding, massage therapists can injure themselves if they do not use the proper techniques. Repetitive-motion problems and fatigue from standing for extended periods are most common.

Therapists can limit these risks by using good body mechanics, spacing sessions properly, exercising, and, in many cases, receiving a massage themselves regularly.

Work Schedules

Many massage therapists work part time. Because therapists work by appointment in most cases, their schedules and the number of hours worked each week vary considerably. Moreover, because of the strength and endurance needed to give a massage, many therapists cannot perform massage services 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.

In addition to giving massages, therapists, especially those who are self-employed, may spend time recording clients’ notes, marketing, booking clients, washing linens, and conducting other general business tasks.

In-Demand Massage Therapy program

Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 23,300 openings for massage therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

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Flexible schedules

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Help people with pain and injury

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Different area to specialize in: Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy.

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Massage therapists work in an array of settings, such as spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels, and fitness centers. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.

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State Approved

After taking our course in one of our approved states, you will be eligible for state licensure in massage therapy.  Click below to learn where we are approved.

The M|Power difference

Innovation is at the core of who we are.  Our innovative hybrid programs mean more people can start new careers.  We believe that career education should be more convenient, affordable and lead to real career opportunities.

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Don't pay until you are working

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Flexible hybrid programs

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Robust employer network looking to hire our graduates

Testimonials

“The instructors and the online course coordinator were so helpful. My instructor has 11 years of experience and is extremely knowledgeable. He encouraged us to ask questions and was more than helpful in answering all of them, or he would guide us to find our answers via the online classroom, or he would go out of his way to reach out to find the answer from another instructor. My online course coordinator was helpful in getting me signed up for the scholarship, and she checks in with me every two weeks to make sure I am going through the course with ease, and she answers any questions I may have about the module I am working through.”

Jennifer T – student

“First, I should tell you that I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and I found this program to be every bit as intensive and comprehensive as the PTA program I attended at Carroll Community College, every bit! ”

Sharon B – student

“Participating in a program like this from the comfort of my own home, the convenience of doing it according to my schedule, with exemplary instruction and highly qualified, easy to access and responsive instructors made this one of the best career decisions I have ever made. My western massage instructor has been licensed since 2008 and has taught Swedish/western massage since 2009 and has extensive credentials beyond those.”

Shannon – student

“I would recommend this program to anyone looking to do Massage Therapy. I already have recommended this program to a friend of mine. It is nice to have an option that won’t take away my work hours or decrease my income simply because I am working toward a career. It was nice to have an option that was very budget friendly, as I had searched over a period of two years for a program. This program was my answer to a prayer for a career in the field that I had felt drawn to for many years.”

Jen – student

“During the past 25 years I have worked as a “remote” employee and while finding the curriculum quite challenging was able to manage my time and focus on completion of the course curriculum within a reasonable amount of time. Mpower Education also provided a system of support so that any questions, concerns etc. could easily be managed via a quick phone call, text massage or by scheduling weekly scheduled calls.  I have been extremely satisfied with Mpower Education’s presentation of this program and feel quite accomplished in completing this curriculum of study”

Doug – student

“My original plan was to learn massage through a different program, then MPower came along that had great benefits that the other program could not offer. I have always enjoyed helping people and making them feel better and I truly believe that massage therapy allows me to be able to help people feel better. If I were to give advice to someone it would be “when faced with challenges look at them straight on, take a deep breath and remember the strength that you possess”. This has honestly been such an amazing experience and I am so beyond grateful for this program and each person I got to meet and become friends with each of them. ”

Brittany T – student

“One of the great benefits of the program was being able to work in an actual massage studio and getting to work with many different clients, in which I feel it allowed me to become a better massage therapist by working with different types of bodies and pressure each person needed. My hope for my next steps into my future is to learn different CEU’s such as prenatal, cancer, and many other things. I am really looking for to continuing in my massage career and expanding my education.”

Bethany – student

“This program is breaking much needed new ground in massage therapy education. They have torn down barriers and are granting access to people who in the past may not have been able to follow their dreams. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this. They are changing the world for the better!”

Michelle – Studio Owner / Employer

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I do the training?
Our program is hybrid so part is online, and part is in-person.  The in-person training will take place local to where you live at one of our state-approved training locations.
How can you learn massage therapy online?
You can’t!  Our program is hybrid, meaning a mix of online and in-person training.  The online portion includes subjects that you can learn online, such as anatomy, physiology, and business.  All online classes meet weekly via video conferencing, so you interact with your instructors and classmates.
How does the Employer scholarship work?
There are local employers that will sponsor you to go to school.  In exchange, you agree to work for them and they will make your tuition payments (what is left after your MyCAA grant).  You can choose to leave anytime and by doing so you would lose your scholarship and owe the amount that your MyCAA grant didn’t cover.
Is your school accredited?
Mpower Career Training is approved by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and approved by the US Department of Defense for MyCAA funding.

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