The purpose of this program is to train students in the basic hands-on skills, safety protocol, body mechanics, professional work habits and attitude necessary to successfully enter the field of massage therapy.

By the end of our massage therapy classes, students will have been examined and tested in the following areas:

  • Basic knowledge of the human body
  • Can identify and locate major muscles and muscle groups upon request by instructor
  • Identify origins, insertions and actions of major muscles and muscle groups Students should have a solid knowledge of the indications and contraindications of massage therapy with regards to the safety of their clients and themselves.
  • Students should exemplify the professional image we want to project as massage therapists, and conduct themselves in a professional, ethical manner at all times.
  • Upon graduation from the program, students are able to demonstrate the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the MBlex exam, obtain their state license and enter the field of massage as a professional.
Our massage therapy classes in Selah, WA are designed to take advantage of every resource available to our students and provide them with an exceptional education. Our course is presented through a well-developed curriculum. We encourage our staff to stay current in their teaching skills but also to keep up with the newest developments in the field of massage by attending continuing education courses. We believe this will benefit them and their students.

Subjects covered in this course are delivered by lecture, demonstration, student interaction, audio/visual resources, guest speakers, field trips and other methods that enhance student learning.

Contact Central Washington School of Massage Therapy LLC to register for massage school.

View our detailed course content

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The massage program offered at Central Washington School of Massage Therapy is a state board-approved, 10-month, and 800-hour course. It teaches massage theory and practical skills per the guideline set forth by the Washington State Board of Health and Licensing: WAC-246-830-430 Training, and WAC 246-830-440 Curriculum and Academic Standards. The total hours of each program vary and are dependent upon the curriculum.

Course Content

HoursCourse Subject
100Anatomy and Physiology - orientation to the human body including the integumentary, skeletal, fascial, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, and other body systems.
75Kinesiology - muscle identification and palpation, location and attachment(s), actions, range of motion and joint classification and function
80Pathology - General terminology and classification of diseases, the indications, contraindications, cautious and common adaptations to massage including, but not limited to, arthritis, bursitis, cancer, headaches, skin cancer and other skin conditions, diabetes, fasciitis, sprain, strain, tendinopathy, nerve compression syndromes, osteoporosis, stress, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes, common neurological diseases, autoimmune disorders, bloodborne pathogens, common cardiovascular diseases, reproductive systems, pregnancy and any other health care issues as they relate to the practice of massage as defined in RCW 18.108.010.
275Theory, principles and practice of massage - Including history of massage, benefits and effects, techniques and strokes, body mechanics of the therapist, application, methods and styles, concepts of basic research, session planning and the adaptation of techniques appropriate to stages of healing, to include the safe use of superficial heat, cold, lubricants and salts, and considerations relevant to special populations.
145Practical hours including student clinic- Directly supervised as defined in WAC 246-830-005(9) and in accordance with WAC 246-830-420(1)(d) with a ratio of no less that one instructor to no more than six students who are actively performing massage. 
65Clinical/Business Practices including: Hygiene, sanitation, draping, billing and insurance concepts, medical terminology, business models and management, and laws and rules relevant to massage and massage businesses.
60Professional Ethics: The therapeutic relationship of the massage therapist and client or patient, human behavior, communication skills, professional boundaries, standards of ethical practice and state laws and rules related to massage and healthcare ethics.
800Total Hours

Our students are highly prepared for the state exam and licensing. Contact Central Washington School of Massage Therapy to register.