Massage Licensing Program
Massage Abroad offers the unique opportunity to learn the art and science of massage therapy and bodywork abroad.
Massage Abroad is the leading international massage school for quality training in massage therapy and bodywork. Our massage program designed for English speaking students, and offers a comprehensive curriculum that integrates the art and science of massage therapy and bodywork with a holistic approach to client-centered care. Our students study a variety of manual therapy techniques, as well as client communication skills, professional ethics, and business and practice management.
Live and Study Abroad for 4 Months and Become a US Licensed Massage Therapist!
Our 600 hour massage school abroad program prepares students to pass the US massage therapy licensing exam (MBLEX), and to be eligible to become licensed as a Massage Therapist within most of the United States as well as US territories.
Upon completion of our massage program, graduates are assigned a Graduate Liaison to assist them with examination scheduling, licensure processes specific to their home state, and employment services. Graduate Liaisons assist returning study abroad participants step by step from board exam to employment ensuring a smooth transition into your new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Course Curriculum and Hours
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Orientation: 5 Hours
The program orientation is our formal welcome to massage school in paradise. After initial introductions and an overview of program expectations, students are provided with a guided tour of the massage campus and school facilities.
Anatomy & Physiology: 40 Hours
In this course, we will explore the basic structure and function of the human body. Our journey will include exploration of all eleven body systems giving students a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Students will learn to identify anatomical structures, apply concepts of physiological processes, as well as recognize and utilize anatomical terminology.
Pathology: 50 Hours
Students are introduced to a study of the human body in the state of disease or dysfunction. Students will gain a basic understanding of symptoms, etiology and treatment for specific conditions relating to the eleven body systems.
Kinesiology: 80 Hours
Kinesiology is the study of human movement. In this course students will examine the concepts and theories of human movement. Students will also gain a detailed understanding behind the mechanics of motion, joint anatomy, as well as, origin, insertion, actions, and palpation of major muscle groups.
Client Communication and Ethical Dilemmas: 15 Hours
Effective communication is an important aspect of being a massage therapist or general healthcare provider. This course will identify and outline the different communication types as well as the fundamentals of active and reflective listening. In addition, this course will also discuss the evaluation and resolution processes of identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas. Upon completion of this course students will be able to effectively communicate with massage clients through challenging situations, as well as appropriately identify and resolve ethical dilemmas within massage therapy practice.
Business and Practice Management: 40 Hours
This course will provide students with the knowledge and information to open and maintain a successful massage therapy practice. Students will develop skills such as, marketing, business planning, business management, and laws and regulations.
Massage Foundation: 50 Hours
A strong foundation makes a better massage therapist. In this foundational course students will gain a thorough understand of massage basics to include; massage history, documentation, draping, Swedish massage, myofascial release, and deep tissue techniques.
Injury Assessment: 25 Hours
Assessment occurs in many forms. This course will teach students the basic principles of orthopedic assessment and injury evaluation. Upon completion of this course student will be able to demonstrate basic palpation assessment, posture and gait assessment, and an array of specific orthopedic assessments for commonly seen injuries.
Clinical Massage Techniques: 200 Hours
Learn to be effective! In this course, students will learn a variety of therapeutic massage techniques to treat commonly seen injuries in a massage therapy practice. Upon completion students will be able to effectively create and administer result based massage therapy treatments for a variety of injuries and conditions.
Hydrotherapy: 15 Hours
Through specific applications of water, and temperature variations we can create changes in the human body. This class will provide students with a working knowledge of the indications, contraindication and physiological effects associated with the use therapeutic hydrotherapy. Upon completion of this class students will be able to demonstrate therapeutic hydrotherapy and thermotherapy techniques for a variety of injuries and conditions.
Movement Therapies and Biomechanics: 45 Hours
Gain a better understanding about how the human body moves. This class uses a variety of movement and stretching based therapies such as; Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi to teach students the concepts of dynamic movements biomechanics. Upon completition of this course students will be able to identify and demonstrate muscle contraction types and anatomincal actions while also being able to evaluate movement quality at all major joints.
Self-Care for the Professional Massage Therapist: 20 Hours
Prevent workplace injuries and professional burnout with regular self-care. This class will give students the tools necessary for a long and healthy professional career. Students will learn a variety of self-care techniques for the mind and body to support them through a career as a professional massage therapist. Upon completion of this course students will be able to develop an appropriate and effective self-care routine to help enhance the longevity and fulfillment of a massage therapy career.
Board Review and Preparation: 20 Hours
Let’s get ready to test! We walk our students through the testing process and procedures for the US national massage therapy exam (MBLEX). In this class students will learn the processes of how to apply for the exam, where to take it, and how to prepare. Through the review relevant subject material and taking practice exams, we prepare our students for a successful testing experience.
Choose a Career in Massage
A career in massage therapy is a rewarding and flexible career path that is in high demand within the entire United States.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics; Employment of Massage Therapists is expected to grow 22 percent between 2014 and 2024. This growth will add approximately 36,500 more employment positions to the massage therapy profession nationally.