Massage Training Programs at SWIHA

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts built its foundation as a training center for massage therapists nearly three decades ago. Today, we offer a wide variety of courses and degrees in the healing arts, and we continue to provide high quality, affordable massage therapy training for students entering the field as well as for professionals continuing their education.

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.

Choose one of the programs that fit your dream
Therapeutic or Advanced Polarity Specialist Track

Discover the power of Polarity + Massage!
When you finish a healing session, you’ll know you made a difference.

For many years, SWIHA has been known as the ‘School with Great Energy.’ From our inception, we have honored that healing is more than physical and that an integrated somatic approach is the pathway to true healing and transformation. “Soma” refers to the body in its wholeness – that is, mind, body and spirit. Polarity Therapy is the somatic energy-based system we offer, which includes bodywork, diet recommendations, energetic exercise, and facilitated dialogue for the purpose of restoring and maintaining proper energy flows throughout the body. The underlying concept of Polarity Therapy is that all energy within the human body is based in electromagnetic force and that dis-ease results from improperly dissipated energy. Polarity Practitioners facilitate full body-mind healing. By pairing our Polarity programs with the core of our Therapeutic Massage program, graduates have the opportunity to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) as well as an Associate Polarity Practitioner (APP).

Professional Massage Practitioner – Advanced Polarity Specialist
Diploma – 750 hours – 11 months full-time
Program Courses – What’s this?

Polarity is a form of body-based energy medicine that dynamically works with the mind-body-spirit continuum to bring alignment, health and the freedom from symptoms and the side effects of everyday stress. Core underlying patterns through therapeutic dialogue, energy system evaluation and physical touch, making it a perfect complement to Massage Therapy. Quite simply: Polarity + Massage is the antidote to modern stress and dysregulated living.

How does Polarity work?

Polarity recognizes all beings as being energetic in nature. Our external expression is based on our internal energetic composition, and Polarity is designed to specifically treat and support this. This shift in our energetic composition creates new levels of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health.

How does Polarity enhance Massage?

Polarity supports Massage Therapists in understanding at a deeper level their clients challenges and underlying patterns that give rise/support these challenges. Polarity empowers the LMT to access deeper states of release and rejuvenation by treating both the energy body and physical body. This empowers LMT’s with choice of how they meet and support their clients. It gives language and skills to support emotional processes and long term healing and physical transformation.

Where can I work after I graduate as a Massage Therapist/Polarity Practitioner?

You will prepare for being employed by or partnered with an existing spa/health business as well as the ability to develop and grow a private practice. Some of our graduates have added these specialties to their existing therapy based practices, while others are laying a foundation of excellence within existing employers to deliver new levels of therapeutic treatment and client support. Modern science confirms the long-held belief that we are all energetic beings expressing ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In a Polarity + Massage session, you examine how mind-body-spirit energy impacts the client and open them up to a fuller, happier life!

Professional Massage Practitioner – Therapeutic 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.

Master Massage Practitioner

Professional Massage Practitioner – Therapeutic 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? 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. Our Master Massage Diploma exceeds the requirements for massage therapy training in nearly all states across the country.

Professional Massage Therapist

Explore What It Takes to Become a Massage Therapist

We invite you to take a step toward claiming your gifts, realizing your purpose, and healing others in a meaningful way. 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 on-campus introductory class before you decide whether to enroll.

Programs Backed by Accreditation and Credibility

SWIHA is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSWE), and approved as a continuing education provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The full list of our professional memberships, associations, and licensing agencies can be found in our policy catalog.

Financial Aid Available to Those that Qualify

As a nationally accredited college approved by the United States Department of Education, students enrolled in SWIHA programs of 600 hours or more may qualify for Federal Student Aid in the form of Pell grants and student loans. Title IV Financial Aid is available to students who qualify.

Non-Discrimination Policy

SWIHA encourages application and attendance by all students, including any gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, and/or religion.

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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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