Frequently Asked Questions
Massage therapists charge $80 to $125 for general massage therapy per hour in the greater Olympia and Vancouver areas. Even higher fees are charged for injury treatment or some forms of deep tissue therapies. Your overhead of running a business would directly affect the amount that you kept as income. Employees can expect to make a percentage of that fee. The percentage would vary in each employment circumstance. More information can be found here –> Bureau of Labor Statistics
Upon successful completion of the massage program you are enrolled in, you will be qualified to take the Washington State Massage Licensing Exam (MBLEx.) Successfully passing this exam and paying the licensing fee will allow you to apply for your massage therapy license in the state of your choosing. A background check is commonly performed by the state licensing board. In most states, massage therapists are licensed.
No. The course starts several times each year. Each class is independent and autonomous from the other. Should a student need to depart from an ongoing class, they would need to re-apply for any future course.
Previous training or licensure in other fields is obviously beneficial and would be helpful in your career as a massage therapist. Unless prior permission is granted, we do not give credit for previous training in other fields or relieve the student from attending classes because of this previous training. You are welcome to submit transcripts from previous education programs and we will evaluate them to see if they meet our school requirements.
Not at this time. This program is very much “hands-on” and not suitable for correspondence education. During COVID stay home orders, we did have online school for 3 months. Though we found it satisfactory for continuity for the students enrolled, we much prefer the in-person programs.
Bodymechanics School in Washington State is approved for VA funding programs and Washington State Worker Retraining programs. For Santa Fe, we will seek out these programs at the appropriate time. The VA requires the school to be opened for a minimum of 2 years prior to granting approval. We will seek VA funding for Santa Fe in 2023.
Although we qualify as an educational institution, we have chosen not to obtain federal accreditation. Maintaining federal Department of Education approval and associated national accreditations would double our administrative costs, forcing us to raise tuition by 20% for all students. Bodymechanics does, however, go through a rigorous re-approval by the State licensing boards.
Age is not an issue in our program. We have found that the older the student is, the more they have been able to offer to fellow students in terms of life experience. The wide range of ages in the classroom has only enhanced the learning environment for all of the students involved.
Our program is designed in such a way as to work with all learning styles. Many of our students have had learning challenges and have found that our program is creative and accommodating.
We get this question a lot. Interestingly, the number of therapists who enter the field are not quite keeping up with demand as more and more people are starting to receive massage on a regular basis. Let us compare massage therapists to another form of health practitioners such as chiropractors. Let us assume that, given the choice, as many people would like to receive a chiropractic treatment as they would a massage. Chiropractors can see, on average, 5 to 8 patients per hour while massage therapists will see 5 to 8 clients a day. Given an average 8-hour work day, that means we need roughly 8 times more massage therapists as chiropractors. Considering that most massage therapists only work part-time, that number increases again. Based on this logic, there are actually too many chiropractors, and not enough massage therapists. Usually, the only reason that massage therapists have a difficult time making a successful career in the massage profession is because of inadequate training in either massage technique or business training. Bodymechanics School graduates excel in both of these areas.
No. You would need to withdraw from the program and re-enroll at a later time and start at the beginning of another class.
Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage will review official transcripts and course description to determine the hours that can be transferred.
- Applicants must have a minimum of 500 hours from their previous massage school to qualify for the transfer program.
- Students with less than 500 hours from their previous massage school may request a cost-benefit analysis for one-on-one training versus attending the full 700 hour training program.
- Official Transcripts & Course Description must be sent directly to Bodymechanics School by the school itself.
- Transcripts received from the student will not be accepted or reviewed.
- Bodymechanics School will review the transcripts within 1 week from when all required paperwork and fees have been submitted.
- Subjects/hours of coursework that is not covered in the Bodymechanics curriculum and does not fit into our core philosophies will not be counted towards approved transfer hours.
- I.E. – Reflexology, energy work, body wraps, scrubs, etc.
- Transfer Evaluation Form will be filled out to show which subject hours have been met and which subjects are deficient.
- Transfer applicants will be provided a copy of the Transfer Evaluation Form as well as an official recommendation to meet all state and school academic requirements.
- The base Student Transfer Education Program (STEP) is a 100-hour program that includes a review of Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology, Kinesiology, Massage Theory & Practice, and Injury Treatment.
- Additional hours can be added in any subject area on a case-by-case basis as needed
Each massage therapist has different abilities and expectations of themselves. We see massage therapists who want some additional income perform as few as two or three massages a week to full-time practitioners who perform thirty or forty per week. The average probably lies at around twenty per week for full-time practitioners.
The term body mechanics (the name of our school) has to do with the use of proper body movement in daily activities, the prevention and correction of problems associated with posture, and the enhancement of coordination and endurance. Our focus at the Bodymechanics School is to help ensure that each therapist uses their body correctly and learns how to apply leverage and proper technique based on body size. The smallest of therapists can perform excellent work.
We are unable to assist with job placement upon graduation from our program. However, our program is so successful that we often have chiropractors and clinics in the area calling us and asking us to tell our students about open positions they have. These requests are posted in the classroom as well as our private school social media pages and students are encouraged to contact these people as soon as possible.
No. We are an approved English speaking program. We only provide education in English. For this reason, students entering Bodymechanics School should be able to speak and read in English, as well as take exams. Additionally, the MBLEx is offered in English and Spanish.
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MASSAGE THERAPY CLASS SCHEDULE
Evening Classes Start: September 20, 2021
Weekend Classes Start: November 6, 2021
Morning Classes Start: March 15, 2022