Is there a healer within you that has been waiting for the right time to surface? If you feel a calling to provide compassionate, skilled bodywork to help others enhance their health and well-being, you can find great fulfillment in the art and science of massage therapy.
The Professional Massage Practitioner diploma program is available with two timetable options to fit your individual and unique needs.
Each program exceeds the 700 hour requirement for massage therapy training in Arizona. As a graduate of this program, you are prepared for an introductory-level position as a professional massage therapist, or may choose to begin your own practice. In addition to the core massage courses, you will learn business practices, cranial unwinding, physiology, ethics and more. You also will customize your specialty and have supervised time in our Massage Clinic.
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
SWIHA’s Master Massage Practitioner diploma program exceeds the requirements for massage therapy training in nearly all states in the country. As a graduate of this program, you are prepared with many holistic health tools to enter a mid-level professional position or begin your own practice. With all that you learn in the Master Massage Practitioner diploma program, you can take your gifts out into the world in a loving and profitable way.
The Master Massage Practitioner diploma program is available with two timetable options to fit your individual and unique needs.
With a full 300 hours of training over the state minimum requirement, it is clear why we call this our “Master” massage program. We truly help you become a master in the field of massage therapy. Earning certification in specialties, you gain an edge over other licensed massage therapists when applying for employment or starting a private practice.
Choose from Aromatherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Polarity, Spiritual Studies, Reflexology, Yoga Teacher Training, Reiki, Cranial Unwinding, Spa Management, and more! This one-of-a-kind program will lead you to creating the professional reality where you can touch lives, heal bodies and live the life of your dreams.
Maximize your education by becoming dually licensed in massage therapy and natural aesthetics from Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics. Massage-plus-Aesthetics is a winning combination for a rewarding and profitable career. Upon completion of the 600-hour Natural Aesthetics Program at SWINA, you may choose to complete the remaining hours or massage therapy at the SWIHA campus and earn a diploma for completing the Master Massage Practitioner 1000 hour program.
The Master Massage Practitioner Diploma with a Specialty in Natural Aesthetics program is available with two timetable options to fit your individual and unique needs.
You can customize your specialties in massage:
- Cranial Unwinding
- Holistic Nutrition Specialist
- Medical Massage
- Spa Treatments
- Special Touch
- Yoga Teacher training
Massage is a wonderful modality for combing our hands and our heart, as it offers natural healing and energy movement while supporting well-being for the Mind, Body, and Spirit. The amazing part about choosing a career in Massage Therapy is that you have an opportunity to witness the healing of your clients and also experience transformation within yourself.
SWIHA’s AOS Degree in Holistic Healthcare with a Concentration in Professional Massage exceeds the 700-hour requirement for massage therapy training in Arizona and is available with two timetable options to fit your individual and unique needs.
Graduates are prepared for an entry level massage therapy position, or may choose to begin a private practice.
Many of our students want to combine Massage Therapy and Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) certifications. We offer the following ways to achieve both while being enrolled in just one program. Due to the Board of Massage Therapy regulations, this excludes the combination of 750-hour Professional Massage Practitioner diploma program with YTT.
- Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner (option 3) 600 hours
- Master Massage Practitioner 1000 hours
A Career and Life as a Massage Practitioner
Unlike other massage schools, our massage therapy programs train you in all the core competencies required of a classically educated massage therapist such as anatomy, communication skills, CPR, physiology, ethics along with Swedish massage, cranial unwinding, reflexology and more. Plus, you get additional hours of unique training in one or two primary holistic wellness specialty areas which interest you like aromatherapy, holistic nutrition, reiki, yoga and more. You will also receive valuable hands-on experience.
Not only will you earn a certification in each specialty, you will also have a professional advantage over non-specialized licensed massage therapists when applying for employment or starting a private massage therapy practice.
Massage therapists work in a variety of settings, both private and public. These include private offices, spas, hospitals, massage specialty clinics and fitness centers. Many massage therapists create their own professional practice, renting and creating space in a multi-use spa or health and wellness provider building. Massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices massage sessions.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of massage therapists “will grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.” According to the BLS, the median annual wage for massage therapists was $35,970 as of May 2012.
Your Success Is Our Success
As a graduate of our Massage Programs, you are eligible to apply for licensure and additionally may choose to obtain national certification. Following your graduation, your professional career in massage therapy is fully supported at our Success Center, SWIHA’s Career Placement Resources and Entrepreneurial Support Division. All SWIHA graduates receive life-long job placement assistance, entrepreneurial and career coaching, resume assistance, full licensing support and more.
Why choose only one career when you can have two or three? Expand your Skills and Blend Careers! Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is the only school that offers such vast choices in how you can develop your holistic knowledge and expand how you serve in the world. Many of our students maximize their education by combining their training to build successful entrepreneurial holistic wellness businesses.
Our aesthetics, yoga and other programs all grew out of our original award winning Massage College. Now with all we offer, you have the opportunity to combine the best of training! Earning multiple licenses, certificates of excellence and specialties gives you the most opportunities possible whether you choose to work for an established business or for yourself. There are so many winning combinations for rewarding and profitable careers. The options at SWIHA are far-reaching in how you can customize your personal path.
Hands-On Practice at our Massage Clinic
Our student clinic is set up to model an actual spa-like setting. We want to prepare you to work in a spa, clinic and a wide variety of professional settings. At our clinic, you won’t practice on the public in a classroom with curtain dividers, you will perfect your skills by working in individual rooms just like you find when you are out in the field. An added feature is that the SWIHA Massage Clinic is also staffed with seasoned Licensed Massage Therapists who you will work shoulder-to-shoulder with, serving as your mentors and guides. You will have the opportunity to build confidence, learn professionalism, and master effective listening skills to better serve your future massage clients.
The Healing Power of Massage
Massage therapy is recognized as an effective means of treating painful ailments:
- Easing tired, overworked muscles
- Reducing stress
- Rehabilitating sports injuries
- Promoting general health
- Improving circulation
- Helping whole body metabolism and supporting systems
Massage Therapy is also valuable in the healing and complementary treatment for many health issues. From helping individuals relieve muscle fatigue, stress, anxiety and sleeping difficulties to assisting a wide range of medical patients to cope with difficulties associated with their diagnosis. The general population as well as the medical community now widely embraces this alternative form of therapy for its mind-body healing benefits. Massage can also be preventative therapy, addressing the whole person rather than treating illnesses and disease.
What our Great Graduates are saying:
“SWIHA embraces the total embodiment of the healing arts, encouraging you to use your natural abilities, while giving you the tools to take it that extra step to make you a successful therapist,”Elizabeth Brotherson
– SWIHA graduate and Owner of Embody Therapeutic Massage, LLC
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Explore Becoming a Massage Therapist
Are you interested in becoming a Massage Therapist? Are you unsure about signing up for the full length of the program? At SWIHA, we are so committed to helping you achieve your dream, we invite you to sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before you decide whether to enroll.