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Full Time Massage Therapy Program

Massage Therapy

Our full-time program consists of 16 weeks and 650 hours of New Mexico Massage Board-certified instruction in the fundamentals of massage therapy. The program includes classes in both theory and practicum: where you will learn the foundational aspects of massage therapy and the mechanics of how the human body functions, coupled with classes explaining the art and science of massage, and culminating with coursework focused on creating a successful business in massage therapy. Come join us for our next session starting January 2024 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Courses Included:

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Our massage therapy course covers an array of topics, including massage strokes, their variations, body mechanics, and professional draping techniques. Also included in this module are client assessment, treatment planning and contraindications, and documentation.

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This course teaches massage practitioners how to apply techniques safely, how to screen for contraindications, and when to avoid an area or postpone massage.

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology

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Our anatomy class examines the structure of various systems of the human body. Medical terminology, cells, and tissues, the body compass or directional terms, and palpation of important body landmarks are also discussed.

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Kinesiology focuses on the study of human movement and includes the names of skeletal muscles, their locations, attachment sites, actions, and fiber direction. This course includes study of bones of the upper and lower extremity, bones of the axial skeleton, and muscles of both movement and respiration. 

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This course covers the functions of the various systems of the body and how each is affected by massage. Body systems discussed include the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, and more.

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This section includes a primer on infection control which allows massage practitioners to better serve the public by understanding and implementing measures that reduce the risk of disease transmission. This section defines concepts of disease, the chain of infection, standard precautions and transmission-based precautions, and discusses cleaning and disinfecting procedures for surfaces, objects, and laundry.

General Instruction

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A complete exploration of client treatment using various forms of water is included in our curriculum. This section covers the use of water as a healing agent, contraindications, procedural guidelines, and specific applications of heat and cold in various capacities.

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This section explores various requirements for establishing a massage practice from a practical point of view. This course also explores the process of establishing, growing, and maintaining therapist-client relationships through the development of professional communication and interviewing skills.

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First Aid and CPR/AED

Basic first aid as it applies to being a first responder to the public in general and our massage clients in particular. This section includes a review of Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the proper usage of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

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This section will expand your perceptions and help you navigate the world of ethics, in which your own prejudice or a client’s motivation may change how you approach a situation. This course also includes information regarding professional standards, code of ethics, professional conduct, confidentiality, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act (HIPAA) regulations.


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Clinical Massage

Covers stages of rehabilitation, tissue healing, and treatment of common injuries and conditions through the application of deep tissue massage techniques.

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Evidence-Informed Practice and Research

Discusses evidence-informed practice, research literacy, the research process and approaches to research. 

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NM State Rules and Regulations

Explores the licensing requirements, the state massage laws, and the rules and regulations of the massage profession as it applies to practice in the state of New Mexico.

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Explores the theory and practice of applying natural plant extracts or aromatic essential oils to promote health and well-being.

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A discussion of what constitutes good health, professional hygiene, and proper nutrition. This section includes a guest lecture from a local nutritionist.

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Asian Bodywork Therapy

Explores the theory and practice of the five elements, their cycles, and ways to assess energetic imbalances.

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Study and Practice Exams

Presents the best study practices and how to prepare for the state licensing exam and the board certification exam.

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Clinical Practicum

Under the direction of an instructor, students perform client-centered sessions to members of the community at a reduced rate.

Dr. Susan Salvo believes:

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"Massage is a balance between technical and personal skills, at the heart of which lies the therapeutic relationship."

"This body is a temple of God, and in this temple flow awareness throughout the body. That is why touch is a very powerful tool. It is a touch of healing."

- Dr. Vasant Lad

Tuition and Relevant Dates

The New Mexico School of Massage charges the same tuition for all students. We keep the tuition simple and straightforward.

All tuition dollars and additional fees associated with attending the school are listed here. As well as our financial aid opportunities and our official refund policy.

Please contact us if you have any queries about these details.

Refund Policy & Schedule

This information is applicable for our 2023 enrollment.

Please note these fees are subject to change for future programs.

The following will be the refund schedule for all tuition paid to New Mexico School of Massage.

Based on withdrawal from class:

  • Week 1-2: 80% tuition refunded

  • Week 3-4: 60% tuition refunded

  • Week 5-6: 40% tuition refunded

  • Week 7-8: 20% tuition refunded

Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.

Deposit paid toward tuition is refundable within 30 days of the course starting.

Financial Aid & Support

New Mexico School of Massage offers various payment plans to fit the needs of our students - with some financing options  and resources available.


Please contact us for more information:

Final transcript and certificate will be awarded once the full tuition has been paid.


If payment is not received by the designated day of the month, access to classes or online school systems will be paused until payment is received in full (including late fees and interest).

Please speak with our Admissions Team for more information.

Financing Option

New Mexico School of Massage has teamed up with Meritize to offer our students a unique financing option. Meritize works with students, educators, and employers to help people excel in skills-based careers.


Meritize knows you are more than your credit score, and that is why they look at your past achievements to potentially enhance your loan options.


A few reasons why Meritize is a great option for students include:

  • Fixed and variable interest rates available**

  • Flexible payment options, including deferring full principal and interest payments until 3 months after you complete your training

  • Customer support available 5 days a week

  • 0.25% interest rate deduction once you begin full repayment on your loan, if you sign up for autopay


Checking your loan options with Meritize has never been easier. You can fill out a short application to check your loan options without impacting your credit score.


If loan options are available to you, Meritize will request your merit information to finalize your application. This could be in the form of:

  • Academic Experience (Official or unofficial transcript or HSE certification)

  • Military Experience (DD214)

Want to learn more?

Check out their FAQ page here: or give them a call at 833-MERIT-4-U. Ready to see if you qualify? Check your options here:


*New Mexico School of Massage does not endorse a particular lender, nor is it affiliated with Meritize Financial, Inc. ("Meritize").
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Terms and Conditions apply. Meritize branded loan products are educational loans issued by Meritize Lending, LLC**. Meritize reserves the right to modify or discontinue products and benefits at any time without notice. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or hold an Employment Authorization Document and meet Meritize’s underwriting requirements. If approved for a loan the actual loan amount, term, payment, and APR amount of loan that a customer qualifies for may vary based on credit determination, state law and other factors. Meritize does not warrant or guarantee any claims made herein, including, but not limited to, gaining admission to a program, concerning the quality or financial strength of any educational institution, securing funding or obtaining employment. Our final loan offer may differ as a result of the school chosen and the associated cost of tuition. Not all schools are eligible for funding. Meritize does not offer educational loans in the following states: IN, ME, NV, VT, WI, PR. All rights reserved.
**For residents of SC, loan is made by Meritize Financial, Inc.
*Variable rates are subject to change.
The information on this document is the most up to date as of April 1, 2023. Please see Meritize website for additional details.

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