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Massage Training Program Overview
Our Illinois massage training program is great for anyone seeking a rewarding career in massage & bodywork therapies.
With a strong business edge and a well-rounded curriculum, our program has been designed to offer students a combined lecture, demonstration, and real-world clinical practice that's gives our students the edge to truly be successful as massage therapists.
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the human body and its interactions, as well as, develop a strong understanding in areas of anatomy & physiology, applied kinesiology, and pathology.
The program involves hands-on learning with well-known instructors who personally engage with students to ensure they are confident and ready to become licensed massage therapists.
Once students reach a certain level of knowledge, they will participate in student clinic which allows them to perform a 60-minute relaxation massage on actual clients! One of many ways we engage our students to have real-world experience.
Below are the topics and areas of study included in the massage school program:
- Fundamentals of Massage & Bodywork Therapies
- Deep tissue & other modalities
- Anatomy & Physiology
- History & theory
- Community Outreach & Student Clinic
- Elective modalities related to the field of massage therapy will be required as well
- Students must be 18 years of age or older
- Have a high school Diploma or GED
- Complete a student interview with Jamie Fanara (program director)
- Obtain ABMP student insurance (included in tuition)
- Receive a 60-minute professional massage by a licensed massage therapist prior to enrolling
- Obtain two letters of personal reference
- Fall starts in September. Schedule: Tuesday 9 am - 1 pm, Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm, and Thursdays 9 am - 4 pm
- Spring starts in April. Schedule: Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm and Thursdays 9 am - 9 pm
- Stay tuned for Fast Track Program!
includes student manuals, lotions, massage tables (in class use/rental use only), bolsters, blankets, and pillows. Payment must be received in full at time of enrollment.
each book must be purchased prior to the beginning of specific class segment. BWMC will provide current book list for purchase. See class catalog and calendar. Textbook editions vary and are subject to change.
each student has from program start date to program end date to complete 80 clock hours of electives. Elective classes fees vary and are the student’s responsibility in addition to the total tuition fee listed above.
ABMP student insurance
included in tuition and paperwork must be received before program start date.
Professional Massage (60 Minute)
proof of a one-hour professional massage session is required before program start date.
(4) Sets of sheets
must be purchased by the first day of FTMB class. BWMC will provide information for purchase.
BWMC will provide information about how to purchase.
Why Become A Massage Therapist?
With a growing demand for wellness and well-being, the need for massage therapists keeps on rising.
Making this a great profession for anyone looking for a solid career choice in wellness and health, loves flexible schedules, and the ability to work almost anywhere.
Job Outlook: 20% Growth (Much faster than average)
According to U.S. Labor Statistics
Start your own massage business
Work in spas, healthcare offices, travel, provide on-site services, the choice is yours
Develop higher-end skills
Pursue your dreams to care for others and bring healing in a meaningful way
"RVC and Bodycraft have an exceptional program! I was well supported through the entire experience. I was provided with the tools and knowledge to start my own business upon graduation and passing the licensing exam. Highly recommend!"
"I recently graduated the Massage Therapy program, and it was an amazing experience, the director and all of the instructors are very knowledgeable, professional and helpful. They want you to succeed, and are there to guide you every step of the way. From even before starting the program to graduation, taking the MBLEX, licensure, and beyond, they’re there willing and happy to help. I am very thankful for everything."
"Finishing RVC's Massage Therapy program was a great experience for me. It was both very exciting and challenging. All of the instructors were helpful and always there to make sure that information was being grasped and then applied correctly in clinicals. I met like-minded individuals and was surrounded by so many welcoming, warm hearts. This experience has inspired me to keep my heart open, for those people that need healing touch and non-judgmental conversation."
Scholarships & Funding Options
Established in memory of Chase Shott by his mother, Kathy Shott, and others who knew and loved Chase and wanted to continue his beautiful legacy of love by aiding future students of Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center and Rock Valley College’s 600-Hour Massage Therapy Program through the named scholarship established through the Rock Valley College Foundation.
The Chase Shott Memorial Scholarship is available to give a helping hand for equipment, books, or extra classes that may be required over and above the tuition costs.
Sallie Mae student loans are available for career training programs such as our massage therapy certification program.
What Happens After The Program?
Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a certificate from Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center, LLC. Students then become eligible to take their MBLEX exam.
Upon passing the exam, students can then apply for the Illinois state license under the Department of Financial and Professional Regulations Division and start working as licensed massage therapists.
Additional Resources and Sign Up Links
Our Massage training program and Continuing Education program is now on campus at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois to give you the best learning experience and resources to help you succeed.
Registration must be done in person and cannot be done online. Please email email@example.com and set an interview/ site tour with our Program Director Jamie Fanara.
Due to program popularity and limited seating, program tuition is due upfront to hold your spot in the program.
We do not accept FASFA at this time. However there are Sallie Mae, VA benefits, Grant programs and Workforce Connection options if you need assistance with tuition. If you need help or have questions about those we are happy to help.
Illinois Board of High Education: Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center, LLC. is approved to operate by Illinois Board of Higher Education Private Business Vocational School Division.
Complaints against this school must be made through the IBHE Online Complaint System.
NCBTMB Assigned School Codes # 790765 / 900071
NCBTMB Approved Provider # 451792-11