After attending massage school, students must be licensed by the state of Ohio.
Learning the art of massage can lead to a fulfilling career path for licensed therapists who want convenient work hours and a job that helps others to reduce stress and lessen pain. In Cincinnati and surrounding areas, multiple massage schools offer flexible classes that cater to working adults and teach numerous massage techniques, including Thai and medical massage.
Schools of Medical Massage
Situated on four Ohio campuses, Schools of Medical Massage is a private school that trains students to become licensed massage therapists. Applicants must have a high school degree or a GED certificate. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Accepted students at the Cincinnati campus can choose from numerous day and evening classes. To graduate from the program, students must complete 25 credit hours, which includes anatomy, physiology and massage ethics courses, and they must complete many one-hour massages at the in-house clinic.
Shi Integrative Medical Massage School
The Shi Integrative Medical Massage school teaches acupuncture techniques.
Just a 15 minute drive outside Cincinnati, this school is located in a serene environment that includes a meditation garden and an organic vegetable patch. Students at Shi Integrative Medical Massage School can choose from flexible class times that cater to full-time workers. Its curriculum teaches multiple methods of massage including Swedish massage and trigger point therapy. Students obtain real-world experience giving massages at hospitals, nursing homes and private practices.
Miami-Jacobs Career College
Massage therapy is one of 13 programs offered at the Miami-Jacobs Career College in Sharonville, Ohio, which is located approximately 15 miles outside Cincinnati. Potential students must be high school graduates and are required to take a scholastic level exam and be formally interviewed by the college’s staff. In its massage program, students are taught treat muscle aches, stress and circulation problems and are prepared to enter professional careers at a variety of settings like spas or doctors’ offices.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai yoga massages focus on relieving stress and promoting wellness.
Yoga classes and Thai massage classes are both offered at this welcoming studio in Dayton, Ohio, which is about 50 miles from Cincinnati. This form of massage uses assisted yoga stances and focuses on incorporating “metta,” or loving kindness and meditation into massage. Students can start with one-session beginners classes and learn short massage sequences. Later, they work their way up to the level-two classes where 90-minute massage sequences are taught and basic certifications are awarded. Private instruction is available.