Massage Program Overview
As a graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Health Works Institute, you will be eligible for state licensure and national certification. You will have the knowledge and skills required for private practice as well as employment in a variety of settings including medical facilities, spas, massage clinics, cruise ships, athletic training centers, and numerous other sites.
When you read the Course Descriptions, you will see that the program includes: strong courses in the human sciences; a lengthy course in the most fundamental topic of Swedish massage; courses in treatment-oriented, clincal modalities; Asian bodywork; energy medicine; and numerous additional courses designed to give you a comprehensive education preparing you for long-term career success.
At Health Works, we believe that your success depends largely upon not only broad and deep knowledge and skills, but also upon the ongoing development of your emotional and spiritual intelligence. The competent practice of massage therapy depends upon your ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships with every client, your employer, other health care practitioners who refer clients to you, and your massage therapy colleagues. Every course in our program provides opportunities for you to grow emotionally and spiritually, and the learning environment is open, supportive, and inspiring. The entire program serves as a springboard to launch you into a satisfying and financially successful career.
WHY 1,000 HOURS?
With the vast majority of states' licensing boards requiring 500 to 650 hours of education, you may be wondering why the Health Works program is 1,000 hours in length.
The instructors and staff at Health Works have personally experienced the numerous and wonderful benefits that well-trained massage therapists provide to their clients. We have also personally experienced many, many disappointing massage sessions throughout the country performed by massage therapists with less education than our students receive.
We believe that graduates of shorter programs are not sufficiently prepared to meet the expectations of their employers and clients. These expectations include: significant reduction in pain and other symptoms of illnesses, conditions and injuries; immediate and long-term relief from stress that causes serious physiological dysfunction and emotional problems; and fulfillment of the essential need of human beings for soothing touch.
We believe that many graduates of shorter programs quickly discover that they need more knowledge and skills to fulfill the expectations of their clients and employers. This leads these graduates to spend a significant amount of money on continuing education soon after they graduate. There is no financial aid available for continuing educaiton, and the cost per classroom hour of continuing education is much higher than the cost per hour of basic education. While we encourage our graduates to take continuing education on a regular basis throughout their careers, we are happy knowing that, as of their graduation day, they are fully ready to meet the expectations of their employers and clients. We also know that they appreciate having had access to federal financial aid to get a comprehensive basic education. Our graduates are ready to enter the profession with confidence, and they have what they need for long-term success.