3 Things to Look for in a Massage Therapy Program

The number of massage therapists across our country is on the rise. As a result, there are also more massage therapy training programs than ever. Depending where you live, there may be dozens of programs in your area that can give you some kind of massage therapy certification. That doesn’t mean, though, that all of the programs are equally valuable to aspiring therapists. When it comes to choosing the right program for you, consider the following three factors that will help you separate the mediocre programs from the excellent ones.

Range of Modalities Taught

There is a wide range of styles and techniques that massage therapists use in their day-to-day work. When choosing a program, you want to ensure that it will provide you with adequate training on a wide variety of massage modalities. While most programs will start with Swedish massage, which is often the most commonly used modality, a qualified massage therapy training program won’t stop there. Make sure to ask any prospective programs about what modalities will be taught, and to what extent.

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While there are plenty of people who feel passionately about massage therapy and want to learn more for their own enrichment, most individuals will pursue massage therapy training in order to secure a job in the field. If you want to work as a massage therapist once you’re certified, it’s natural to be curious about how difficult or easy it is for graduates of a given program to find work after they’ve completed their training. When researching massage therapy programs, ask for employment statistics for recent graduates. Another good question to ask is if the program has a career services team and what sorts of support is provided in finding employment.


Find out what the specialization of a school is before committing to it. There are plenty of schools that solely train students in massage therapy, and others that lump massage together with dozens of other skills and certifications. Although there are exceptions to every rule, in general you should look for a program that specializes in massage therapy above all else. Choosing such a school will often guarantee higher quality instructors and curriculum.

Choosing an Excellent Massage Therapy Program

Whatever you do, don’t jump a massage therapy training program without doing adequate research. While getting certified as a massage therapist can be an enjoyable and enriching professional experience, there are plenty of programs that provide substandard training, or that don’t provide training on all specializations. Choosing a high-quality program will increase your chances of having a positive learning experience and having a good start to your career when you finish school.

Your best bet in getting reliable and unbiased information about massage therapy programs is to ask to be put in touch with recent graduates. Massage therapists who have recently completed a given program will be able to speak to the quality of instruction, the preparation provided, and their ability to find a job upon completion of the training.

What’s the Difference Between “Clinical” and “Spa” Massage?

Massages can be a great way to relax, relieve stress, and loosen up those muscles. These are common reasons for people to head to their neighborhood spa for a massage. At the same time, there are growing numbers of people who seek massage therapy as part of a clinical or overall wellness treatment. Such practitioners usually work in more clinical settings, such as a physical therapy office or chiropractor’s office.

So what’s the difference between clinical and spa massages? If you’re interested in a career in massage therapy, it’s important to be able to answer these questions clearly and accurately.

1. Purpose

In general, the purpose of spa massage therapy is to satisfy the client. While the same types of massage may be implemented as in a clinical setting, extra steps may be taken in a spa setting to provide a relaxing and peaceful environment, ensuring a positive and pleasurable experience. In the case of clinical massage therapy, the main focus is on functional outcomes with measurable results. Sessions are likely shorter but more frequent — with measurable treatment goals in mind.

2. Training and credentials

Performing massage in a spa versus a clinical setting will often require different levels of training. General massage education usually includes around 500 hours of training, which will allow you to work in a spa setting but not as a clinical massage therapist. In most clinical settings, additional specialized training and credentials are required. This can include anything from courses in kinesiology or physical therapy to continuing education in nursing. Before getting into a massage therapy school or course, it’s important to know exactly what you will learn and what kind of professional settings your certification will qualify you for.

3. Patients

Due to the differing purposes and techniques of relaxation massages and clinical massages, you are likely to interact with patients in different ways in each of the two settings. While in a spa it is not uncommon for a client to book a massage, come in once and not return, a clinical setting often generates patients that come to see you on a regular, consistent basis. In either case, one of the benefits of being a massage therapists is the chance to develop a relationship with patients and be able to see their progress over time.

Choosing the Best Massage Therapy School

If you’re interested in massage therapy school but don’t know where to start, there are a number of factors to consider. For starters, in the state of New Jersey be sure to be choose a school that is recognized and accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and also the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (“NCBTMB.”)

In looking at different options near you, collect information about requirements, time commitment, cost, and duration. Also consider your overall goals for a career in massage therapy, as some schools and programs may be more specialized than others. Finally, schedule a visit, attend an orientation, or meet with current students to get a first-hand glimpse at the program. Taking the time to conduct your research will make it much more likely that you have an exceptional learning experience — and a better beginning to your career in the growing field of massage therapy!

4 Big Benefits of Massage Therapy Certification

Anybody who has ever experienced a professional massage knows the difference training makes. That’s not to say that casual shoulder rub from a partner or friend isn’t relaxing — but when you lie down on that table for a professional treatment, you know it’s not the same thing. So why should you consider enrolling in a massage therapy certification course? Here are four big benefits of doing so.

1. Job prospects

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, massage therapists are in greater demand every year. Specifically, a 23 percent increase in gainfully employed massage therapists is expected between 2012 and 2022. Also consider the fact that the number of office jobs is expected to rise continually into the future — massage therapy is becoming more and more relevant on the job market. Being trained in professional massage is reliable professional skill, and will only become more reliable in coming years.

2. Your own practice

Setting yourself up as a certified, licensed massage therapist is the best way to become an independent massage therapist in your area. A lot of professionals appreciate the ability to set their own schedule and build their own client base, while making a name for themselves in the community. Of course, it’s possible to prey on the public and offer massage without the proper training. But this should never be done without proper training and certification — especially if you want your practice to thrive.

3. Diversity of skills

People often don’t realize how in-depth and comprehensive a proper massage therapy certification course should be. Reputable program teach a wide array of techniques and disciplines, including: Myofascial release, reflexology, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, hydrotherapy, chair massage, trigger points and more. Maybe of the best programs involve up to 600 hours of hands-on training — so when you finish the course, you can expect a broad range of experience and knowledge.

4. Industry insight

A good massage therapy certification course should not only train you to deliver professional treatments in a variety of settings — it should also give you plenty of practical insights and information to prepare you for the business. Did you know that many healthcare programs (and medical professionals) are adding massage therapy to their wellness programs, and recommending therapeutic massage to their patients? Health insurance programs are also covering massage more frequently. Professionals looking to enter or strengthen their presence in the field of massage therapy need an active understanding of how the business is evolving, in addition to all of the necessary technical skill and knowledge.

Choosing the right course

Obviously, not every massage therapy certification is created equal. When you look for a program, focus on those that go deeper into the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Having a grounded understanding of the human body is vital to mastering the practice of massage therapy. Also look for programs that offer hands-on clinic time and are dedicated to ethical business practices in the community. It’s also important to know that the certification you receive will meet or exceed the massage therapy certification standards of the State in which you live and intend to practice. Do your homework before you choose a program — you’ll be glad you did!

Enroll Now For Our Next Massage Therapy Certification Program starting July 17

Our next DAY-TIME
will begin July 17, 2017 – Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 – 5pm plus two weekends each month for student clinic and graduate by Christmas-time.
Call 732-608-7781 or stop in.

will begin September 11, 2017 – Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 10 pm plus one weekend each month for student clinic and graduate by Summer 2018.
Call 732-608-7781 or stop in.

The Health & Wellness Industry is BOOMING! MASSAGE THERAPY is in demand. Do you really want to help people? Answer the call. Become a “Healing Artist.” Become a Massage Therapist.

There are so many Career options, including:

  • Sports – with sports teams/ athletes
  • Health Care – in hospitals, doctors offices, nursing homes
  • Integrative Wellness Centers – Work in holistic health & wellness
  • Cancer & Oncology – with cancer and hospice patients
  • Physical Therapy – with PT’s to rehabilitate patients
  • Spa Industry – help people relax, rejuvenate and maintain wellness
  • Hotel, Cruise & Travel Industry
  • Many other options — all in demand!

You will earn $30+/hour on average, make a difference in people’s lives and have flexibility & Work- Life balance.

Body in Mind Massage Institute offers:

  • State of the Art Classroom
  • Professional Spa Facility on site for Student Clinics
  • Professional level experience
  • Knowledgeable Teaching Staff
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Personalized attention
  • Progressive Curriculum
  • Career Placement
  • Continuing Education Classes

Our unique, progressive & holistic approach sets us apart from other schools. If you want to learn the art of medical and therapeutic massage, then Body in Mind Massage Institute is the school for you.

Is it time for you to join this amazing, rapidly growing profession? >>>>> CALL NOW 732-608-7781 <<<<<

April Appointments Available With Our Awesome Student Massage Therapists!

Saturday and Sunday, April 1st & 2nd Student Clinic Massage Appointments Available

$30 for a one hour massage or $40 for ninety-minute massage.
No additional charge for deep tissue massage by our students.
Our Awesome Student Massage Therapists will help you feel wonderful.

Appointments are available:

  • Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2
  • Thursday, April 6th
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9
  • Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30

Call 732-608-7781 to make your appointment.

Give Massage Gift Certificates for the Holidays

Gift certificates can be used for anything we offer including Spa massage services, student clinic Massage or products in our retail store and are available in store and online!

Our retail boutique offers many gift ideas ranging from aromatherapy products, candles, creams, lotions and massage supplies.

We make Beautiful Spa gift baskets which can include gift certificates for massage plus spa products, offered at varying price points.

We will be closing Christmas EVE for the Holidays and be closed from Saturday, Dec. 24th through Monday, January 2nd.

WE pray you count your Blessings with your family & friends, as we will be.

Thanksgiving Black Friday Super Saver Special

25% OFF All Gift Cards and Massage Services!


Give the Gift of Wellness For the Holidays!
Great way to buy now & stock up on your massages for the year
(Effective from November 19th through November 30th)

Gift Certificates are on Sale!

(Not to be combined with any other offer/special. Can not be purchased with a prepaid 3 pack or 6 pack or a previously purchases Gift Card & not redeemable for cash)

We will be closed for Thanksgiving
From Wednesday, Nov. 23rd to Sunday, Nov. 27th

Count Your Blessings with your family & friends!

bodymind2The Holidays & Christmas are upon us. Don’t forget – we have a Health & Wellness Retail Boutique with many goodies ranging from aromatherapy products, candles, creams, lotions, massage tools and much more. We can also make up a Gift Basket while you wait!

Come See Body In Mind Institute at Ocean of Love Charity Event October 17-21st


WE WILL BE OFFERING CHAIR MASSAGE’s to the public. 105.7 The Hawk’s Billboard Radiothon will be held Monday-Friday, October 17-21 at the Target/Lowes parking lot in Toms River!
We will be there 4-9pm

There will be an auction for the Billboard Radiothon! The auction opens at 10am on Tue 10/20 and ends at 3 pm on Fri 10/21.

Bids can be placed by: Visiting the Radiothon, calling the Hawk studio or calling Ocean of Love.

Auction Items are as follows:

  • Michael J. Fox Autographed Back to the Future Comic Book Donated by Michael J. Fox- Starting Bid: $100
  • Disney Park Hopper Passes (4) Donated by Disney. Transportation not included- Starting Bid: $200
  • “105.7 The Hawk’s Bruce Brunch with Tom Cunningham” – Songs of Springsteen test pressing vinyl autographed by all artists featured on record, including: James Maddock, Danny Clinch, Passenger, Emily Grove, Joe Grushecky, Bobby Bandiera and Willie Nile- Starting Bid: $50
  • Autographed football by NY Jets Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall- Starting Bid: $50

All proceeds will benefit Children with Cancer in OC

Ocean of Love is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families. Our purpose is to assist the children through their illness. We provide financial and emotional support so that they can experience the “normal” joys of childhood, knowing their lives are significant and meaningful to each and every one of us.


Massage Therapy is the Fastest Growing Profession! You Can Have a Career in the Healing Arts.


We are NOW ENROLLING! Call 732-831-7521 or stop in. The Health & Wellness Industry is BOOMING! Massage Therapy is the fastest growing profession and is now considered a medical profession. There are more massage jobs right now than there are massage therapists to fill them!

Are you being called to become a Healing Artist? Do you really want to help people?

MANY Career options include:

Sports – with sports teams/ athletes
Health Care – in hospitals, doctors offices, nursing homes
Integrative Wellness Centers – Work in holistic health & wellness
Cancer & Oncology – with cancer and hospice patients
Physical Therapy – with PT’s to rehabilitate patients
Spa Industry – help people relax, rejuvenate and maintain wellness
Hotel, Cruise & Travel Industry
Many other options – all in demand.

Body in Mind Massage Institute offers State of the Art Classroom and Spa Facility on site for Student Clinics provides Professional level experience. We pride ourselves on having a knowledgeable teaching staff and small class sizes with guarantees plenty of personalized attention. Body in Mind offers a progressive curriculum and career placement opportunities as well as continuing education classes to stay current within the industry. Our unique, progressive & holistic approach sets us apart from other schools.

You will

  • Earn $30-$80/hour on average.
  • Be ready for licensing by the State.
  • Be a true medical professional.
  • Make a difference in people’s lives!

You can

  • Have flexible hours & schedules.
  • Have Work – Life balance.
  • Have freedom & control your time.
  • Become Certified in 6 months.

If you want to truly learn the art of medical and therapeutic massage, then Body in Mind Massage Institute is the school for you.

“Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” – United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Are you ready for a career in the healing arts? Is it time for you to join this amazing and rapidly growing medical profession? CALL NOW 732-608-7781 to get started!