Students will be taken through a fantastic journey learning about massage and the body, entirely from a massage point of view. The instructors live, eat and breathe massage. The curriculum is designed to inspire students to recognize the full potential of the healing benefits massage the impact it can have on our modern world. Once you get a taste of what you can do for people, you will want to complete the 2nd year Advanced Therapeutic Massage program as well. Students that ONLY complete the Basic program find it increasingly difficult to obtain employment, and find it hard to receive work in other provinces outside Alberta.
Students must attend 7, 2 day classroom tutorials spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Each day is divided into 2 classes: ½ day of academic instruction plus ½ day of massage treatments. At the start of every weekend of classroom instruction (except for the first class) students must write an examination consisting of the material taught in the previous month including all assigned home study for that month. If the student does not complete the materials as assigned they will be unable to successfully complete the exam. This is our way of ensuring that the self-directed, unsupervised course requirements are met.
Classes take place in Red Deer on both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Distance and Self-Directed Learning
In addition to the classroom attendance component, students must complete home study assignments, correspondence work and practical work experience.
Home study assignments:
These are assigned at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction to be completed prior to the next class. They provide reinforcement and expansion of the concepts presented in class.
These are supplied at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction. The student is required to complete and submit the correspondence lesson at the next scheduled class. These lessons provide the student with the ability to improve their critical thinking and reading skills, and to prepare them for the independent nature and business of Massage Therapy.
Practical work experience:
Students must obtain the required hours of supervised work experience within a specific time frame.
Students must complete the following:
5 comprehensive written examinations plus an all-inclusive final examination.
5 informal practical examinations plus a comprehensive final practical examination.
6 correspondence lessons.
Provide validated proof of completion of 56 supervised practicum hours.
Successful completion of Standard First Aid and Level C CPR. Students will be required to obtain this certification prior to writing their final exam.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, a diploma in massage therapy (1008 Hours) will be awarded. Contact us for more information on our program structure and the Basic Relaxation Massage program.