Day and Night Classes

These courses are offered each term and are kept small to ensure personalized attention from our excellent instructors. A discount student clinic is also offered to the public by appointment to provide real life experience in the massage field. Students learn how to relive stress, lower blood pressure, relax and tone muscles and increase proper circulation. 

Syllabus and Course Descriptions

Course 1 - Business and State Law
Basic Business administration for the student to understand concepts of owning, managing, or working in the massage business.

Course 2 - History and Ethics
This course includes a historical overview of the practice of massage, present requirements for licensure, and a study of professional ethics. Examines the differences in massage systems, the use of massage for mental and physical health, and various ethical considerations. Understanding of basic terminology is emphasized.

Course 3 - Massage Procedures and TheoryInstruction and practice of the steps involved in delivering the massage, including preparation, assistance, positioning, draping, maintaining contact, massage procedures, and assessment techniques.

Course 4 - Indications/Contraindication, Pathology
Exploration of the psychological and physiological benefits of massage. Also instruction of conditions in which massage may be inadvisable or harmful.


Course 5 - Human Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology 
This course includes lecture and practical experience to develop a basic knowledge of histology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and Neuromuscular.

Course 6 - Pharmacology 
The student is taught the commonly used abbreviations in medical history and physicals and progress notes. They will be introduced to some of the drugs that indicate the medical condition of the massage recipient. Certain drugs influence the type and style of massage the recipient should receive and the student will be made aware of this fact. Commonly used herbs also can cause certain side effects that a massage therapist should know so the massage can be tailored to avoid adverse reactions.

Course 7 - Self-Care and Nutrition
This course educates the student in effective strategies to improve their health through improving nutrition, proper preparation before a massage session, and other self-care techniques.


Course 8 - Consultation and Preparation
This course equips the student with effective skills for interviewing, assessing and planning treatment during the initial visit with the client. Includes learning the importance of vital signs, keeping appropriate records, and developing a treatment plan.

Course 9 - Specialized Massage
Study and practice of specialized massage techniques including pregnancy, infant, geriatric, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue techniques, shiatsu, reflexology, introduction to neuromuscular therapy, sports, myofascial release, and alternative therapies.

Course 10 - Medical Massage and Assessment
An examination of benefits of massage in the health care setting. Subjects covered include not taking, chart reviews, interaction with other health care professionals. indications and contra-indications, universal precautions and the key to items needed to integrate massage theory into a healthcare setting.

Course 11 - Spa Theory I and Hydrotherapy 
Students are introduced to mud treatments, body wraps, facial massage techniques, hydrotherapy, exfoliation, aromatherapy, product knowledge, and the medical aspects of spa therapy.

Course 12 - Swedish Massage and Application
Instruction and practical focusing on mastering and applying these five movement categories: effleurage, petrissage, vibration, tapotement, and triction.

Course 13 - Student Clinic 
In the student clinic environment, applying information they have learned in theory and practical class hours develops professionalism. Students are enabled to gain practical experience through their working with the public. A supervised and safe, supportive atmosphere is provided in order for the student to maximize this learning opportunity.

Course 14 - Acceptance of Touch
Learning how to help clients deeply relax with the acceptance of the massage therapist's touch. Tactical depravation, cultural messages about touch, negative touch, physical pain or trauma, and attitude of the therapist are some of the elements in this class.

Class 15 - American Heart Association First Aid and CPR
American Red Cross course for first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.


Massage Institute of Cleveland is authorized for  operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by Massage Institute of Cleveland, please visit and click on Authorized Institutions Data.

The Massage Institute of Cleveland, 201 Keith St. SW Suite 56, Cleveland, Tennessee 37311, (423) 559-0380, is authorized by the State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission to provide a certificate program in massage therapy via the Massage Therapy 530 course. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety factors, faculty qualifications, and fiscal responsibility.

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