I don’t know anything about massage therapy. How can I obtain helpful information before making a long-term commitment?
Laurel offers free massage class to the public where you can see and hear what massage therapy entails. Call the office (832-969-0040) to find out about our next “Open to the Public Free Massage Class”.
How long does it take to become a massage therapist?
Our school offers several different programs to enable you to complete the course of study necessary to take the National Exam. Once passed you can apply to the State of Texas for a license. That process varies from student to student. We offer several paths to that goal. We have a Monday through Friday morning program that takes 6 months to complete. We have a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening program that takes approximately 10½ months to complete.
How can I pay for this?
The total cost of the program is $6,800 plus application fee, books and supplies ($1,187). At the $6,800 level we will finance your payments over the span of the program. Payments must be made monthly and timely. We offer two reduced payment options: (1) $6,500 for a one-time credit card (Visa or MasterCard) payment in full, and 2) $6,000 for a one-time cash or check payment in full /no credit card. We do accept most credit cards.
Where will I work after licensing?
Laurel School of Massage cannot offer you guaranteed employment. The massage field currently has a shortage of qualified, licensed massage therapists. Laurel will, using their student services program, help you in your search for employment. Laurel also maintains a bulletin board listing companies interested in hiring massage therapists. A portion of your course of study will show you how to establish your own personal massage therapy business, if you elected to pursue that line of employment. In 2011 Business Week Magazine named Massage Therapy as the #1 Top Career opportunity in America today.
What is the subject matter of the courses offered?
The course of study at Laurel includes Anatomy (50 hours), Kinesiology (50 hours), Swedish Massage Techniques (125 hours) and Advanced Massage Techniques (75 hours), Health and Hygiene (20 hours), Business Practices and Ethics (45 hours), Pathology (40 hours), Physiology (25 hours) and Hydrotherapy (20 hours). You will also be required to perform 50 hours of massage on the public during your Internship. These courses of study total, including Internship, 500 hours.
Will I receive “hands on” instruction?
200-hours of the 500-hour program are devoted to “hands on” Swedish massage therapy techniques. When graduated you will have received and given many, many massages. The best way to learn is to do.
I have some college studies. Can I obtain credit for any of these college credits?
During your application process you should mention this to the Director. The State of Texas controls and monitors all requests for credit for college studies. There is a form furnished by the state that can be completed and forwarded to them for credit evaluation. This is something that should be done on your first visit. It takes the state some time to do the evaluations and make a determination. No credit will be given pending state approval.
I went to another massage school and dropped out early. Can I get credit for any of those courses?
The State of Texas makes that evaluation. You must send them your information via their forms and they will advise us of your eligibility for prior massage school credit.
I have never had a massage before. What is the proper pre-post massage etiquette?
Click on our “Clinic” tab and select “What to Do Before and After Massage” for step-by- step instructions.