Massage Therapy Incorporating Position Therapy Program

(1) Program Overview

The Institute of Brain Education offers a program to prepare students for improving the health and wellness of individuals. The program is a Holistic Healing, Massage, Bodywork and Energy Healing course incorporating Position Therapy, based on Hwal Gong; which focuses on teaching how to assist individuals to make the connection between the brain, the body and wellness through gently assisted positions for opening the meridians. Therapists learn to combine techniques from several different modalities to improve and correct body conditions. Massage Therapy provides a student with current knowledge, skills, and development tools necessary for personal and professional growth as a massage therapy practitioner in several mainstream massage techniques; including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Craniosacral and Meridian. The program prepares students to apply for licensing by the Arizona State Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy and to sit for the practitioner exam at the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

(2) Course Description

This program is 700 clock hours. No credit hours are awarded in this program.
All hours are under the direct supervision of a qualified faculty member. Hours are documented with clear learning objectives that are provided to the students. Programs use a mechanism for faculty evaluation and supervision of student performance. Clients will be notified that massage therapists are students. All experiences are designed to model professional procedures, including as appropriate, professional draping techniques and performed at the school sites.

There is no clinical training, or externship/internship in this program. Students will participate in a

supervised practicum providing Position Therapy to fellow students in order to have hands on experience.

The following is the practicum policy:

  • All hours shall be under the direct supervision of a qualified faculty member.
  • Hours are documented with clean learning objectives that are provided to the students.
  • Programs use a mechanism for faculty evaluation and supervision of student performance.
  • All experiences shall be designed to model professional procedures, including, as appropriate, professional Position Therapy techniques and performed at the school sites.

(3) Program Prerequisites

There are no program prerequisites.

(4) Textbooks or Learning Materials

Textbooks or learning materials are as follows (Enrollment fees include the cost of all the following books):

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Study Guide
  • Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice, 3rd Ed.: by Susan G. Salvo
  • Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine: Nigel Wiseman, Andrew Ellis
  • Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology: by Ruth Werner/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Trail Guide to the Body: How to Locate Muscles, Bones, and More (3rd Edition) by Andrew R. Biel and Robin Dorn
  • Human Technology: by Dr. Ilchi Lee
  • Home Massage Therapy I
  • Home Massage Therapy II
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book (3rd Edition): by Wynn Kapit/Lawrence M. Elson
  • Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology: L. Don Lehmkuhl & Laura K. Smith
  • Brain Respiration: by Dr. Ilchi Lee
  • Dahnhak: The Way to Perfect Health:    by Dr. Ilchi Lee

(5) Equipment / technology requirements or competencies

Students will be provided with Massage Tables and massage tools such as Power Brain Energizers and oils and creams for use during classroom and practicum training but may want to purchase their own before completion of the program.

  • Power Brain Energizers
  • Massage Tables
  • Massage Paraphernalia (including oils/creams, sheets, etc.) No specific competencies or certifications are required.

(6) Requirements for Completion/Graduation

  • A candidate for graduation must have successfully completed all required course load  with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • The candidate must meet all academic and attendance requirements.
  • The candidate must have fulfilled all financial obligations to Institute of Brain Education.
  • The candidate must pay a graduation fee which was included in the original fees.

(7) Graduate Employment Opportunities

Once students achieve licensing they are eligible for employment as a Massage Therapist in the State of Arizona. In a 2006 overview document by The American Massage Therapy Association, employment opportunities for massage therapist is expected to grow at a faster than average rate. Through 2012, massage therapists are likely to see a 20%-35% increase in job opportunities.

(8) Requirements for Graduate to Practice

A state massage therapy license is required to practice. Licensing is handled differently in each state. All graduates of IBE meet the eligibility requirements of The Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy and the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in order to practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Arizona Massage Therapy Licensing is regulated by Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy located at

1400 West Washington, Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone:  (602) 542-8604
Fax: (602) 542-3093
Email:  info@massageboard.state.az.us
Website: www.massageboard.az.gov

(9) Tuition, Costs and Fees

  • Tuition:  $7,350
  • Application fee:  $75
  • Textbooks and Supplies fees (included in the enrollment fee): $450
  • Graduation fee: $100
  • Total fees: $7,975
  • Students in the Massage and Oriental Bodywork Therapy may incur an additional $1,000 in expenses to cover optional supplies and if they choose to apply for licensing and/or sit for national certification.  They are strongly encouraged but not required to buy a professional 14 massage table, creams and oils within the first semester of the program. Other expenses that a student may incur include room and board, transportation, personal expenses and loan origination fee.