PROGRAM SCHEDULES & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
THE 650-HOUR CURRICULUM IS OFFERED IN 7 & 12 MONTH PROGRAM
Our program begins twice a year, every March and September.
7 MONTH FULL-TIME PROGRAM
Term 1 Begins – Monday, September 14, 2020
Holiday Break – December 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Classes Resume – January 4, 2021
Term 2 Begins – January 4, 2021
Program Completion & Graduation – Saturday, April 10, 2021
Term 1 Begins - Monday, March 15, 2021
Holiday Break - June 28 - July 5, 2021
Classes Resume - July 6, 2021
Term 2 Begins - July 6, 2021
Program Completion & Graduation - Saturday October 9, 2021
Term One: Classes are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break.
Term Two: Classes are scheduled on Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm a one-hour lunch break.
Three 4-hour clinic shifts scheduled, afternoons & evenings, each week in the school’s Student Clinic.
No classes are held on Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Festive in December.
Clinic attendance is encouraged, but optional during these periods.
Tuition for either of our 650-hour programs is $6,500 plus tax. For payment options, please see the page.
12 MONTH PART-TIME PROGRAM
Term 1 Begins – Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Holiday Break – December 20, 2020 – January 4, 2021
Classes Resume – January 2, 2021
Term 2 Begins – March 7, 2021
Program Completion & Graduation – Saturday, September 3, 2021
Term One: Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays 6-9 pm, Thursdays 6-9:30 pm & Saturday afternoons 2-6:30 pm.
Term Two: Classes are scheduled on Sundays 9 am-4:30 pm with a 1 hour lunch break.
Two 4-Hour clinic shifts scheduled, afternoons & evenings, each week in the school’s Student Clinic.
No classes are held on Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or the last weeks of December.
A Perfect Fit
Students with prior training, as well as apprentices, are welcome to enroll in the program and will be placed into the appropriate courses to complete their training and acquire eligibility for Hawaii state licensure. MSTM offers transfer students a variety of options for training and specialization as well as flexibility with scheduling options from our core programs and advanced training courses. Please include your transcript from previous education with your application form. We can design a program especially for you based on what you’ve studied, what you need, your budget and your interests. Contact us with details about your background, goals, and for more detailed information on Hawaii’s licensing requirements.
HOLISTIC BODYWORK TRAINING COURSE
What You Need
The following courses are included in our 650-hour therapeutic massage programs. They can also be taken individually. Our programs are divided into two semesters, or Terms, with a short break between terms.
Term One Courses
Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology: 75 hours
This study of human anatomy and physiology provides an understanding of the body relevant to the massage therapist’s perspective, with an emphasis on the detailed anatomy of muscles and bones and an introduction to pathology and structural kinesiology. The Kinesiology course consists of learning muscle anatomy and actions.
Massage Theory & Technique: 72 hours
You’ll learn to give a Swedish/Esalen-style massage, with time in class to practice on each other. This course also includes aromatherapy, seated massage, body mechanics, self-care, sanitation and hygiene, ethics, communication, professional development, and the effects, uses and contraindications of massage.
Wellness & Stress Management: 6 hours
A presentation of comprehensive models of wellness, the physiology of stress, stress and lifestyle assessments, stress management approaches, stress reduction techniques and wellness practices.
Hawaiian Lomilomi: 30 hours
An introduction to traditional Hawaiian massage techniques characterized by long, flowing, graceful strokes.
Reflexology: 6 hours
Using pressure points in the feet to treat reflex areas in other parts of the body.
Hydrotherapy & Spa Treatments: 15 hours
In this course, you’ll practice various techniques for applying hot and cold water, packs, wraps, poultices, clay, salt, ice and herbs, to treat various acute and chronic conditions. Pohaku Hot Stone Massage is also presented and practiced.
Sports Massage: 20 hours
How to use massage to prepare an athlete’s body for competition, help the body recover after athletic activity, therapeutic stretching, body mobilization techniques, and treatment of common sports injuries.
Therapeutic Exercise: 7 hours
Movement therapy, stretches and strengthening for self-care as well as client care.
Deep Tissue Massage: 30 hours
Specific techniques and body mechanics for working deeper into the muscles and fascia, to improve structural balance of the body. Also known as Myofascial Release.
Professional Development/Clinical Practice Skills/Assessment 18 hours
Students learn the specifics of professional practice skills and knowledge including history of massage, ethics, boundary and sexual issues, client assessment and history taking, record keeping, treatment goals and planning.
Term Two Courses
Neuromuscular Therapy: 72 hours
A hands-on course in musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology and the therapeutic techniques of Neuromuscular Therapy. This course provides an understanding of the clinical causes of soft tissue pain and techniques to relieve it, including specific releases for individual muscles and trigger point therapy. Origins, insertions, actions, palpation, and anatomically specific techniques are covered for each of the major muscles.
Acupressure & Asian Bodywork: 18 hours
An introduction to Shiatsu and acupressure methods, using pressure at specific points along acupuncture meridians to enhance the flow of energy through the body. Techniques learned include Back Shiatsu, Jin Shin Acupressure releases, and treatment of common therapeutic points.
Treatment of Common Conditions: 48 hours
An integration of assessment, orthopedic massage, and other techniques found to be effective in treating various conditions commonly seen by Massage Therapists. Specific treatments designed for acute injuries, chronic pain, headaches, muscle strain, spasm, tendonitis, whiplash, low back pain, pregnancy, constipation, sciatica, and other conditions will be practiced in class. An introduction to Polarity and/or Cranio-Sacral Therapy will be included.
Business Practices: 8 hours
How to set up a private massage therapy practice, bill insurance companies, and apply for a job.
Anatomy Review, Exam Preparation & Final Exam: 9 Hours
Preparation for Hawaii State Licensing and National Certification Exams as well as our Final Exam.
Clinical Internship: 200 hours
Students must complete 150 massages as part of their practical requirements.
+50 Hours practical
Client Evaluation and Assessment;
Proper client draping and positional
Use of appropriate verbal and
nonverbal communication skills with
Practitioner Kinesiology and Body
Appointments, Client intake and
During the second semester, you’ll develop your professional career skills by giving massages to the public in our supervised student clinic. This experience helps develop confidence and integrates the academic, business, communication and practical skills you’re learning in class. All treatments are supervised by experienced and knowledgeable instructors who are available to help with challenging cases and to demonstrate and consult as needed.
CPR: 4 hours
Students receive training and American Heart Association certification in Adult/Child/Infant CPR and AED use.