Pennsylvania State Licensed Massage School
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Health Options Institute is a professional massage school dedicated to helping people to connect through the power of touch to the presence of the Living God within themselves and within all other living beings. We strive for the highest degree of integrity, magnificence, and breadth possible. We do this through the scope of our program, our in-depth curriculum, and our very special instructors. We want to facilitate students to develop competency by teaching them many diversified types of bodywork with a holistic perspective and by empowering them through exposure to a broad base of knowledge from several different fields. We seek to develop our students’ fullest potentials to become extremely proficient and professionally successful massage therapists. We endeavor to have 100% of our students joyfully employed, doing the work of their dreams, bringing healing to themselves and to others as they step forth in fulfillment in their new careers expressing their talents in massage therapy. We recognize that through the power of our students' touch that our school and our students can help to manifest an awesome world that is filled with True and Perfect Love in which all people can joyfully and harmoniously BE.
One of Our Massage Therapy Program Classes on Completion of Their First Course
The school is highly recognized for its excellent holistic program, which is comprehensive, thorough, and which sets a high standard for professional massage training. It also has exceptional teaching staff who are warm, caring, extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate. Our teachers know how to make the educational experience an absolute joy. The school has a relaxing, yet professional, atmosphere in a beautiful building. The school also has received much recognition from many well satisfied employers of our students and their clients. It was founded in 1984, being one of the first schools to be licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools to give massage training. Upon graduation, students are well equipped to handle a variety of clinical complaints and to work in a wide variety of massage settings for a lifetime. Our programs are offered on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. The school can often customize a flexible schedule that combines different timeslots.
Students in Lomi Lomi Class
Massage Therapy Program Overview
The school has a 657 hour training program in Massage Therapy. Students will receive a diploma on completion of this program. Additionally, seven certificates of completion are awarded for various subjects taken within the program. These certificates of completion are in Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, Reflexology, Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy, Client Communication Skills, Professional Practice Concepts, and Sports Massage. During this program the student will have the opportunity to gain experience by working on premise in the supervised student clinic on members of the general population. Additionally, the student will learn 9 entirely different bodywork routines for the body which can be integrated together and customized for the individual client. This program is for the really serious student who would like to have a lifetime professional career in massage and excellent employment opportunities as well as solid assessment skills and a smorgasbord of techniques and modalities to choose from. It takes 12 to 22 months to complete the 657 hour program, depending on the student’s choice of schedule. Our recently expanded Massage Therapy Program meets Ney Jersey requirements to be able to bypass taking a licensing exam, yet still receive a new Jersey massage license!
Possible Occupations on Graduation
This program is designed to fit the needs of students looking to enter the occupation of massage in a wide variety of settings, including spas, salons, resorts, athletic areas, wellness centers, medical massage, Asian massage and more.
Preparation for Licensing Exams
Upon completion of the Massage Therapy program, students are well prepared to take either the MBLEx or the National Certification Exam. One of these exams is required should you wish to work in Pennsylvania and the majority of the other states. Our students are well prepared to take either of these exams due to the breadth of our program. However, we suggest that students take the MBLEx, which is a much higher quality exam and yet much easier. Our recently expanded Massage Therapy Program meets New Jersey requirements to be able to bypass taking a licensing exam, yet still receive a New Jersey massage license!
Employment Rates for Our Graduates
The following statistics are compiled from our most recent annual survey. 100% of our Massage Therapy Program graduates who desired to be employed are employed in the field of massage! Our graduates are either working for another, self-employed, or a combination of both.
Deep Muscle Massage Program Overview
The Deep Muscle Massage Program is a continuing education program for already licensed practitioners whose scope of practice includes massage. Proof of licensure as a massage therapist, chiropractor, or physical therapist must be shown prior to entering the program. All others who are aspiring to practice massage, including nurses, must take the full Massage Therapy Program, due to the new licensing laws for both massage therapists and nurses. Students will learn one excellent massage routine, mobilization exercises for the entire body, and holistic principles that will enable chiropractors, physical therapists, and licensed massage therapists to majorly upgrade the practice of massage in their profession. The Deep Muscle Massage Program is a stand-alone program, but it is also the first part of the larger program, and is a way of trying out the larger program prior to committing to it. It consists of the Deep Muscle Massage Course (104 hrs), Aromatherapy (16 hrs), and Clinic (10 hrs). It meets once a week and it generally takes five to six months to complete. If you later choose to take the full Massage Therapy Program, you will receive full academic credit for what you have already studied. A certificate of completion is received at the end of this program.
Deep Muscle Massage graduating class (Daytime Program Students)
Continuing Education Overview
At Health Options Institute we offer you plenty of options: creative options in scheduling, options to take a huge selection of continuing education courses, and plenty of money saving continuing education courses built right into the program at no additional cost! The school is an NCBTMB approved provider. Both as part of the Massage Therapy Program and in addition to it, the school offers the following continuing education courses in complementing bodywork modalities so that the student has a broad base. The more knowledge the student has, the wider range of clientele she/he will be able to accept. Presently three Ethics Courses; Reflexology, Shiatsu (Levels 1-3), two business courses, Client Communication Skills, Cancer Massage, Mastectomy Massage, Geriatric Massage, Aromatherapy (Levels 1-2), Pre and Post Natal Massage, CPR and AED, Lomi Lomi (Levels 1- 4), Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy (Levels 1-4), Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists, Hot Towel Face and Foot Scrubs, Hot Stone Massage, Zero Balancing (Levels 1-2), Advanced Energy Healing, and Seated Chair Massage are offered. Note that many of these courses are part of the program. Most that are not part of the curriculum may be taken concurrently while the student is in the program. All may be taken on completion of the 657 hour program.
Continuing education courses of special interest to nurses include: Cancer Massage, Mastectomy Massage, Geriatric Massage, Manual Lymphatic Techniques, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Pre and Post Natal Massage.
Facilities and Equipment
The Institute is located in a beautiful and spacious historic building that has four large classrooms, two clinic rooms in which students massage clients from the general public, dressing rooms, a library/study with computer and internet access, a kitchen/student lounge, and ample onsite parking. Free Wi-Fi is available. The library/study is open most days including weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus a number of additional evenings which vary until 9 p.m. To facilitate learning, the school provides all equipment needed such as massage tables for use during classes. Additionally it has numerous life size painted skeletons, numerous smaller skeletons for clay sculpting of muscles, anatomical and trigger point charts, PowerPoint and overhead projectors, slide projectors, and a
Location and Hours of Operation
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The Institute has lifetime job placement services available free of charge to graduates. We contact all interested students within 24 hours or less of receiving job postings.
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