FAQ – MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM
How long is the program?
The 750-hour program takes ten months to complete.
What is the class schedule like?
You will attend classes three days per week, from 8:15 am to 4:50 pm, with several breaks of 10 minutes each and a lunch break of 55 minutes. Class sessions are two or four hours in length. A typical day might include a two-hour class in Anatomy, a two-hour class in Personal Development and a four-hour class in Swedish Massage.
Can I work while I attend school?
Yes. Most of our students have a part-time job while they are in the program. Because the program is academically challenging, and because there is a substantial amount of required homework, we encourage students to limit the number of hours that they work to 15 to 25 hours per week.
Does the Health Works Institute program fulfill the educational requirements for state licensing?
Yes. As of May, 2015, 44 states plus the territory of Puerto Rico have massage therapy license laws. Health Works Institute’s massage therapy program consists of 750 hours. The education requirements for licensing are as follows: Montana requires 500 hours; 28 states require 500 to 599 hours; 10 states require 600 to 699 hours; 4 states require 700 to 749 hours; the only exception is the two states (New York and Nebraska) and Puerto Rico that require 1,000 hours.
Is the U.S. market saturated with too many massage therapists?
No. According to consumer surveys conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association in July, 2014, 23 percent of adults reported having a massage in the past twelve months. This means that there is a huge, untapped market of over 75 percent of American adults who are not receiving massage treatments. With the marketing strategies taught in Health Works’ Professional Development course, and with the advanced skills and knowledge provided by our 750-hour program, our graduates are ready to target people who are new to massage therapy. Our graduates know how to educate the public about the multitude of life-enhancing benefits of skillfully-applied treatments. Our graduates enjoy a distinct, competitive edge, because they consistently meet and exceed the expectations of their employers and clients, thus ensuring repeat visits and a large clientele of satisfied customers.
Also, the demand for massage therapy services continues to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2013, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 22% from 2014 to 2024 (much faster than average for all occupations). Massage therapy is now being provided in a broader range of settings, including hotels, medical spas, guest ranches, athletic training facilities, etc., and with a more diverse clientele, including disabled children, cancer patients, teenagers with anxiety and depression, elderly residents of nursing homes, and more. Results of research studies are documenting the many life-changing benefits of massage therapy for people with everything from daily stressors to heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, brain injuries, paralysis, and more. Numerous research reports may be accessed here or here.
Can people afford to pay the fees charged by massage therapists?
Yes. In the massage therapy program at Health Works, students provide treatments to members of the public who pay $35 per session. Many of our clients receive a massage each week; they are spending $140 per month to receive the benefits of massage therapy. If a massage therapist in private practice charges $70, many clients will be able to afford two sessions per month.
Also, clients are motivated to pay for massage therapy treatments when they have a need that well-trained massage therapists can meet. According to consumer surveys conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association in July, 2015, 91 percent of consumers surveyed believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain; with 28 percent of respondents stating they have used massage therapy for pain relief. Other strategies (pain medication, other types of therapies) may not have provided as much pain relief or other desired result, and this motivates clients to choose massage therapy as the best place to invest a portion of their health care dollars.