Course of Instruction: The Sebastopol Massage Center offers a well-rounded course with curriculum covering several massage techniques.


 Our emphasis in the Basic Massage Therapy course is Swedish/Esalen. In addition, the course includes Anatomy, Body Mobilization, Side-lying techniques, and an introduction to Trigger Points. The course also stresses professional ethics, building a practice and becoming part of the professional community.



Massage Therapist: 500 Clock Hours.

The Sebastopol Massage Center offers a well-rounded 500-hour Massage Therapist Program with curriculum covering several different modalities. Our emphasis in the Core Curriculum is Swedish massage. Our core curriculum is an intense and comprehensive course that insures that our graduates will be skilled in the Swedish Massage technique while maintaining proper body mechanics. The additional 400 hours of instruction offered will prepare the student and give the student a wide variety of techniques that they will need for a successful career in the massage industry.

The Massage Therapy course stresses professional ethics, working within a spa environment and becoming part of the professional community. The Massage Therapist program offers students an opportunity to enhance their skills with additional techniques and experience in the workplace. The program stresses exceptional and systematic learning systems to produce talented students with consistent skill sets. All instruction is provided in English.

This institutions massage program shall prepare its graduates for careers as massage therapists. The US Department of Labor defines this as:

31-9011 Massage Therapists

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

Illustrative examples: Swedish Masseuse, Licensed Massage Therapist, Deep Tissue Massage Therapist

Broad Occupation: 31-9010 Massage Therapists
Minor Group: 31-9000 Other Healthcare Support Occupations
Major Group: 31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations


CLASS DESCRIPTION                                                                         HOURS             COST

Core Curriculum / Swedish Massage                                                        100                      $1,250
Anatomy/Physiology                                                                                100                      $1,250
Deep Tissue                                                                                             100                      $1,250
Spa Services                                                                                            100                      $1,250
Sports / Mechanics/ Stretch                                                                    50                        $ 625
Business: Essentials, Professional, Health and Ethics                                 50                        $ 625
                                                                                                Total        500                      $6,250

Estimate of total Charges: $6,500



Core Curriculum/ Swedish massage (100 clock hours):
Students will learn the history, theory, principles and techniques of Western (Swedish) Massage and session protocols for administering 60-90 minute massage sessions. Class focuses on introduction to anatomy, Swedish massage techniques, proper body mechanics. Students will gain hands on experience providing massage sessions confidently in spa settings.

Anatomy/ Physiology (100 clock hours):
This course introduces students to anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. This course teaching student about the anatomy and physiology so that students can develop session strategies for their clients. Student will have a strong foundation of the human body that they can continue to use as reference points as they continue with their education.

Deep Tissue (100 clock hours):
Deep tissue massage is the use of different massage styles that are directed toward the deeper tissues of the muscles and fascia.  Student will learn how to work with various client needs, understanding contraindications, varying techniques to apply appropriate pressure, proper body mechanics, deep tissue techniques.

Spa Services  (100 clock hours):
This course will focus on key modalities and services that massage therapists will need to learn and master to work in a spa setting. These services include: Hot stone massage, Prenatal Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, towel service and scrubs. This course will also focus on maintaining a long career in massage. As such, the student will learn about health and hygiene, injury prevention, self-body care techniques, exercise and stretches, and proper body mechanics.

Sports Massage/ Mechanics/Stretch  (50 clock hours)
Students will learn how to recognize and treat sport related injuries as well as repetitive stress injuries, general injuries. Students will learn pain management techniques along with advanced anatomy and physiology. Students will learn how to apply different techniques to treat joints and muscles. They will learn stretching protocols as well as how to use tools to increase client mobility.

Business: Business, Professional, Essentials, Health and Ethics: (50 clock hours)

This course focuses on the business element of the career of the massage therapist. Students will be taught the responsibilities of the therapist, how to succeed in the career, and the moral and ethical responsibilities of the profession.  Students are taught the importance of obtaining and maintaining credentials, adhering to laws and regulations, ethical principles, standards of ethical practice, National massage testing, and compliance with the Massage Therapy Act applicable to CAMTC certified professionals. Discussions on the business element in terms of licensure, building clients, and guides with national certification tests. Student will leave this class with a practical understand of the skills required to work in a professional spa environment.




Download the PDF version of the 2018 Massage Program HERE



Wes Killian

"As you may remember, one of the most important reasons I took the class was to learn how to relax, and establish a bond with my "spiritual" side. As you may have picked up on, I was also very tired of the rat race and looking to learn a skill doing something I enjoy (massage) and can earn a living at. 

Well after only 2 months, I learned how to relax, to give a great massage, and I feel connected to another half of me that was missing a long time. My life is greatly enhanced, and I have you to thank.

As a teacher, it's clear that you excel at teaching the subject matter. However, you taught me more than that. Your optimistic attitude, encouragement, and empathy helped me move to a place inside myself where I could listen to what my heart was saying.

I've learned that life is a journey, not to worry about controlling everything, to maintain a positive outlook, and to take a chance to achieve happiness'

Melanie Souther

I just wanted to thank you for such an incredible life experience that I gained from massage class. You are such a unique, special teacher. Truly a giving caring genuine person. I had so much fun and such a dose of energy and spirituality throughout the experience. Thank you for being the initiator of such an incredible opportunity and for giving me exactly what I needed--love, nurturing and touch.

I just wanted to thank you for drilling all of this stuff into our heads. Maybe not everyone picked up the same messages or learned as I did, but I feel that I left you prepared to do just what I am doing. ... One million thanks to you for helping me change my life and career. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better beginning.
— Delores Caruthers