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Massage Training Programs at SWIHA

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts offers thorough and modern science courses combined with hands-on intensive training experience to prepare you for your massage license and a world of career opportunities.

For nearly three decades, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts has trained massage therapists for a variety of successful career paths. You’ll be prepared to work in settings such as private offices, spas, hospitals, massage specialty clinics, and fitness centers. You’ll also be well equipped to create your own professional practice, or rent and create space in a multi-use spa or health and wellness-provider building, or travel to clients’ homes or offices for private massage therapy sessions.

If hands-on healing is your call, we encourage you to take a look at our wonderfully diverse and immersive massage training programs. Whether you feel called to study massage on a full-time or a part-time basis, you’ll find a program at SWIHA that fits your needs and schedule.

Therapeutic Track – Evening and Morning Schedule
Professional Massage Practitioner
Diploma – 750 hours – 11 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

As a graduate of this massage training program, you will be prepared for a position as a professional massage therapist and will also learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start your own practice. This 750-hour diploma program exceeds the 700-hour license requirement in Arizona with a focus on developing a therapeutic approach including trigger point, medical message, and some spa courses. As with all of our massage programs, students will have the unique opportunity to spend supervised time in our Massage Clinic to get hands-on practice with real clients.



Energetic Track – Evening, Morning and Weekend Schedule
Professional Massage Practitioner
Diploma – 750 hours – 11 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

From our inception, SWIHA has honored the notion that healing is more than physical and that true transformational healing involves the science and art of “energy.” Our Energetic Approach Track prepares you to “hold space” for the body’s inner wisdom to heal and allow you to discover the many spiritual aspects to massage and bodywork. This energetic focused massage training reflects SWIHA tradition as the “school with great energy.” This program was created to specifically for individuals who envision integrating energetic approaches such as Polarity, Cranial work and Reiki into their practice. This training adds the depth and competency needed to facilitate mind-body-spirit wellness, and has potential to lengthen the life of your career as well as add an even greater level of satisfaction.

As with all of our massage programs, students will have the unique opportunity to spend supervised time in our Massage Clinic to get hands-on practice with real clients.

Both tracks exceed the 700-hour requirement for massage therapy training set by the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy.



Therapeutic Track – Evening and Morning Schedule
Master Massage Practitioner
Diploma – 1000 hours – 14 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

Are you interested in tailoring your massage education even more specifically to your needs or desired direction? Our Master Massage Diploma exceeds the requirements for massage therapy training in nearly all states across the country. Students enrolled in this program gain access to study in a multitude of specialties not offered elsewhere. Take classes in Aromatherapy, Cranial Unwinding, Hypnotherapy, Intuitive Angel Guide, Medical Massage, Myofascial, Reflexology, Reiki, Special Touch and many other holistic healing options.

Master Massage Practitioner

Energetic Track – Evening, Morning and Weekend Schedule
Master Massage Practitioner
Diploma – 1000 hours – 14 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

From our inception, SWIHA has honored the notion that healing is more than physical and that true transformational healing involves the science and art of “energy.” Our Energetic Approach Track prepares you to “hold space” for the body’s inner wisdom to heal and allow you to discover the many spiritual aspects to massage and bodywork. This energetic focused massage training reflects SWIHA tradition as the “school with great energy.” This program was created to specifically for individuals who envision integrating energetic approaches such as Polarity, Cranial work and Reiki into their practice. This training adds the depth and competency needed to facilitate mind-body-spirit wellness, and has potential to lengthen the life of your career as well as add an even greater level of satisfaction.

Take classes in Aromatherapy, Cranial Unwinding, Hypnotherapy, Intuitive Angel Guide, Medical Massage, Myofascial, Reflexology, Reiki, Special Touch and many other holistic healing options.

Master Massage Practitioner

Master Massage with a Specialty in Natural Aesthetics
Diploma – 1000 hours – 14 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

Diversify your skill set by combining the best of both worlds: a dual license in massage therapy and aesthetics from Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics. This program merges the massage training offered through our Master Massage Practitioner Diploma at SWIHA with the 600-hour Natural Aesthetics Program offered by SWINA. Explore various specialties in massage while receiving a transformational “mind-body-wellness” education in aesthetics.

Master Massage with a Specialty in Natural Aesthetics

Associates of Occupational Studies Degree in Holistic Health Care – Concentration in:
MT 750 Professional Massage
Degree – 60 Credit hours – 24 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

For students interested in taking their massage career a step further, SWIHA’S AOS Degree in Holistic Healthcare with a Concentration in Professional Massage is an excellent option. You’ll learn how to build the foundations necessary for a vocation centered on promoting the wellbeing of others, as well as supporting clients natural healing and energy movement.

When you graduate you’ll be prepared for entry-level massage therapy positions, or private practice. The program includes core foundational courses as well as additional specialization courses.

Professional Massage Therapist

Our Program Goals — Your Future

Our program is carefully designed so that SWIHA Massage Therapy graduates:

  • Are eligible to apply for AZ State Licensure and National Certification
  • Can grow and expand skills and blend careers by developing comprehensive holistic knowledge in our many specialty training areas
  • Experience hands-on practice in our spa-like Student Massage Clinic under the supervision of Licensed Massage Therapists

Build Your Confidence, Self-reliance and Professionalism

Our Success Center is dedicated to supporting you with life-long job placement assistance, entrepreneurial assistance, career coaching, resume aid, and much more.

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Are you ready to do Big things in the world?

We will never sell or share your information with anyone.

I hereby give my express consent for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to contact me by phone, email, mail, and/or text message.

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