Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Research continues to reveal the positive benefits of body therapy. At Marinello Schools of Beauty, you can turn your interests in body therapy into a personally rewarding and potentially lucrative career. If you are compassionate and enjoy assisting people, then the Marinello Massage Therapy program will provide you with the education necessary to become a successful clinical massage therapist.

Our Massage Therapy program features:

    Swedish Massage
    Introduction to body therapy, holistic model of health, client/practitioner communications and boundaries, body mechanics, basic anatomy.
    Advanced Circulatory Massage
    Cardiopulmonary-, lymphatic- and respiratory systems; ROM; superficial- and deep musculature; actions; origins; insertions.
    Connective Tissue & Myofascial Release
    Client assessment, postural evaluations, superficial - to deep connective tissues, nervous systems, pain cycles, classification, myofascial release, cranial-sacral connection, fascial planes, body-mind communication.
    Deep Tissue Massage/Soft Tissue Mobilization
    Soft tissue mobilization techniques, releasing cross-restrictions affecting structural balance, scar tissue release, referred pain and trigger point techniques.
    Sports Massage / Personal Fitness / Nutrition
    Classifications of sports massage; kinesiology; structure/location of sheathed tendons; synovial joints; classifications of muscle tissue; fiber twitch; seated massage; sports venues; hydrotherapy; thermal and cryo-therapy; metabolism; nutrition and exercise.
    Facilitated Stretching
    Basic techniques of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation; stretching as part of treatment; common injuries and chronicities benefited by facilitated stretching; golgi tendon and muscle spindles cells; reflex response; contraindications of ballistic stretching.
    Pressure Point
    The traditional Chinese medicine description of Qi, meridians, energy flow, acu-points, five elements, non-invasive point treatment using shiatsu principles, balancing energy.
    Specialty Massage
    Identifying specialty clients; sideline massage; elderly and hospice care; sensitivity and boundaries; spa and wellness treatments.
    Business Success Skills
    Ethics and boundaries; communications; sales and promotions; business principles for massage therapists; creating a business plan; marketing; credit; taxes.
    Microbes, mechanisms of disease transmission, safety, sanitation, disinfection, CPR/AED/First Aid.

    The course length is divided into both technical classroom instruction and practical experience in the science and art of massage therapy. You will receive traditional classroom training; however, the majority of your training will be hands-on exercises working on fellow students. This format provides an exceptional learning experience that prepares students with a solid background of practical training directly related to the clinical massage industry.

Career Opportunities for Massage Therapists and Job Outlook

Marinello Massage Therapy program graduates have found careers as:
Licensed Massage Therapists in a salon or spa setting
Licensed Massage Therapists in a clinical setting at orthopedic, chiropractic, physical therapy and
sports medicine offices
Owners of a salon or spa
Managers of a salon or spa
Industry Spokespersons

Department of Labor's O*NET

SOC Code- 31-9011.00 - Massage Therapists

Not all programs are available at all campus locations. For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who complete this program and other important information, please click here to download the Marinello Schools of Beauty Gainful Employment Disclosures.


The textbooks listed below are used in the Massage Therapy programs offered at Marinello Schools of Beauty. Each student’s book cost is included in the cost of their books and supplies. However, if replacement books are needed, these would be the replacement costs for the textbooks:

Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage , Fifth Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1-4354-8523-5, $99.95
Trail Guide to the Body, Third Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-96585345-3, $52.95

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"The education is definitely really good, especially once you get to the service section. Doing mock board is great help when it comes to preparing you for the State Board."

- Mary G.
Marinello Hemet Campus

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