Get Certified At One Of The Top San Diego Massage Therapy Schools!

Choose a rewarding career in the Massage Therapy industry with our certificate programs, and impact people’s lives using holistic healing by addressing both body and soul.

The Rise of Massage Therapy in Healthcare

A rising corpus of evidence backs up the use of therapeutic massage and holistic medicine that the healthcare system and medical organizations are taking notice of.

Massage therapy is one of the oldest natural health methods still in practice. It is considered a clinically validated treatment for a variety of ailments, disorders, and anxiety. Our daily stress burdens our spiritual, physical, and mental well-being. To alleviate the impacts of these daily stresses, massage therapists employ holistic massage therapy techniques that integrate Eastern bodywork traditions with Western science. Individuals seeking natural techniques of restoring equilibrium among the body’s complex systems choose massage therapy as an alternate method of healing.

San Diego has a number of integrative health centers and massage therapy schools that train individuals to become highly qualified massage therapists for a fulfilling career.

Massage Therapy Program Overview

This program is currently offered only In-Person for all AM & PM classes.

As part of our holistic studies, the Professional Massage Therapist program trains your body and mind to work as a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of California. You will master advanced anatomy and kinesiology and apply that knowledge to the bodywork skills you gain throughout the program.

We offer training in both Eastern and Western modalities, such as Asian bodywork therapies, sports massage, therapeutic massage, deep tissue, basic and advanced Swedish techniques, and special populations. We also have a course dedicated to starting your own massage therapy business that will give you a working business plan as you complete our program.

ICOHS College maintains an average student-teacher ratio of 10:1 ensuring all students receive the attention, instruction, and care they deserve. “Students come first!”

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Professional Massage Therapy Program Course List

All courses are 90 clock hours for a total of 630. This program exceeds the minimum 500 hours required to apply for a professional license from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMCT).

Eastern Modalities I

Tui Na, Chi Nei Tsang, Chi Integration, TCM Theory, Cupping, Associated Pathways

Anatomy and Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Manikins and Deep Tissue Manipulations

Fundamentals of Massage

Introduction to Swedish Massage, Chair Massage, Body Mechanics and Anatomy, Professional Ethics

Body Systems

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Medical Terminology, and Special Populations

Career Development

Resume and Interviewing Building, Business Practices, Practicum, Community Outreach

Science of Movement

Kinesiology and Client Assessment

Western Modalities I

Advanced Swedish, Sports, and Prenatal

Typical Weekly Program Schedule

AM Schedule

Tuesday – Thursday

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

PM Schedule

Monday – Thursday

5:45 PM – 10:15 PM

*The course schedule is subject to availability. ICOHS College is a Clock Hour school, and the ability to complete the program is based heavily on attendance. Courses are currently on-campus, and students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of course hours to pass each class and graduate.

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NEXT SESSION APPLICATION DEADLINE

Nov. 1st 2022

We are currently accepting applications for the next session, for both Online & Hybrid classes!

CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATIONS

ICOHS is a certified massage therapy school in San Diego.

Along with the Certificate of Completion students receive from ICOHS College, graduates are qualified to apply for a License from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), which legally allows you to practice massage in California.

ICOHS College supports all graduates throughout the process of obtaining licensure, reimburses the $200 application fee, and equips them with the necessary skill to excel in the massage profession.

California Massage Therapy Council Approved School

Are you a veteran who has exhausted your G.I. bill benefits and lost employment due to COVID-19?

Financial Assistance may be available to you through VRRAP (Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program)
  • Up to 12 months of tuition and fees for high-demand career paths
  • Monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill® rates

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Skills you’ll learn during our Holistic Health Massage Therapist certificate program include:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Basic Thai massage
  • Basic Tui Na
  • Sports massage
  • Pre and post-event massage
  • Advanced Swedish techniques
  • High-level pathology that allows you to understand the integration of all body systems and contraindications of massage with specific conditions

We also cover basic business planning, massage ethics, state requirements/regulations, touch sensitivity, and techniques to keep therapists and clients healthy in body and mind.

  • Portable Massage Table and Bolster
  • Laptop
  • All course books are included in tuition and fees
  • An ICOHS notebook and tote bag
  • Your first set of oil and lotion with hip holsters
  • ICOHS T-Shirt
  • CAMTC License fee reimbursement ($200)
  • Mandatory CAMTC background check (live scan) covered by tuition

Each massage student receives a massage table and a laptop to support their studies and future careers! The laptop is for the student to keep and use for online assignments, tests, and projects.

Students can choose from 5 different colors of massage tables, and all tables are portable and come with a bolster, headrest, and carry case.

One of ICOHS College's cornerstones is Students Come First, and one of the ways we can do so is through our instructor-to-student ratio and intensive hands-on training. In addition, we maintain a class size where instructors can focus on the needs of each student.

As a result, students get hours of hands-on training with direct feedback from their instructors, giving them the confidence to succeed in their careers.

Currently, the state of California does not require licenses for the massage profession. Certification remains voluntary, and can be completed online through the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).

However, certification may be necessary for businesses to practice within certain areas of the state. For instance, local massage regulations mandate all massage therapists practicing within Los Angeles and San Mateo County to become certified by the corporation.

The CAMTC requires all applicants to be at least 18 years old and complete at least 500 hours of appropriate schooling (including 100 hours devoted to anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics). A student who completes their PMT certification at ICOHS College will have 630 clock hours of training.

Applicants must also complete a background check and pay the $200 fee (reimbursed by ICOHS College). Certifications are valid for two years.

Program length will vary. The Professional Massage Therapist program from ICOHS College lasts approximately nine months and is based on a total of 630 clock hours. Other programs located throughout the United States may take up to 15 months to complete.

Currently, you do not currently need a massage license in San Diego. However, massage businesses are considered police-regulated businesses within the city. These establishments must only employ individuals with a certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to avoid pursuing a police permit. Currently, the SDPD issues very few permits for massage establishments.

A Holistic Health Practitioner is a step up from a Professional Massage Therapist. Students interested in the HHP program can continue their education after successfully completing the PMT program or directly enroll in the HHP program.

A bodhi massage is a Swedish-style massage that uses soothing essential oil blends to promote relaxation, decrease stress, eliminate tension, and restore balance. Hot towel treatments may be included. Though firm pressure is applied throughout the session, bodhi massages should not be confused with deep tissue treatments.

ICOHS STUDENT SERVICES FOR OUR MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAMS

Our Student Services team is here to serve you! We plan events both on-campus and virtually, as well as cultivate events happening in the larger holistic community.

We source volunteer opportunities for students to go into the community and get practice, as well as networking and business-oriented events to help you succeed in your Massage Therapy career!

CAREER OUTLOOK FOR PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPISTS IN CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND

Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives by providing alternative and holistic therapies and assisting them in achieving emotional, physical, and spiritual balance?

San Diego has a lot to offer massage therapists, including healthcare institutions that respect massage, a community of sports enthusiasts, and spas that attract visitors from all over the world. There are several employment opportunities available, some more competitive than others, while others with higher pay.

After completing our Professional Massage Therapist certificate program, students will be eligible to pursue several exciting career paths.

Students can easily find employment at spas, hospitals, and clinics. A larger majority will go on to start their own practice.

Our training also provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide services in nursing homes, sports venues, or fitness centers. Individuals may also find work on cruise ships or directly with sports teams.

Statistics predict employment within the industry to increase by 32% between 2020 and 2030. This marks a much faster rate of growth as compared to other sectors. As the benefits of holistic health and wellness become more pronounced, jobs for massage therapists will continue to rise.

ICOHS College offers LIFETIME job assistance.

We offer our students resume and cover letter review and support, mock interviews, and access to our list of partners and companies that want to hire them! So regardless of how long ago a student has graduated, they can always return to ICOHS College for job assistance.

Although we cannot guarantee a job, as the actual interview and determination are up to the employer, we will support them throughout the process.

Our Career Services team is constantly in contact with spas, chiropractic offices, physical therapists, and other massage practices that are looking for new staff. We send out timely email notices of internships and openings, and we help you prepare for your application!

At any time during and after your program, you can send us your resume and cover letter for feedback and editing, and we will always make time to conduct mock interviews and train you to get the job you want.

Note: Self- employment is a common vocational objective after completion of this program.

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