Massage Training Program in Tucson, AZ

Valori offers a 700-hour program that has been designed to give you a solid foundation with which to begin your new career. During the course of the program, you will learn to develop your own natural talent, how to work from your heart and/or intention in order to provide a well-rounded treatment. A successful therapist listens to their clients, is able to impart an air of confidence and deliver a treatment that keeps people coming back. Part of the Art and Science of massage is to come from a place of awareness of the client, the client’s needs and to approach each body with compassion and mindfulness.

This state-of-the-art program is delivered via a hybrid model. Our curriculum captures the best of the instructor-supervised online course experience as well as instructor-based classroom experience. Comprehensive bioscience and theory courses provide students with the necessary knowledge to apply to the direct hands-on massage techniques that are studied. The faculty instructing this program consists of veteran therapists and educators that have a passion to share this exciting body of work.

Upon successfully completing this 700-hour course, you will be eligible to take the MBLEx National Exam and apply for state licensure.

Hybrid Program Benefit

Hybrid classes offer schedule flexibility and combined with our hands-on in person training will allow you to arrange some of your course work around your personal responsibilities. The online courses include some required group teacher led classes, there are chat forums, online exams and the online course work. We also have computer libraries in both of our schools for your use.

Massage Program Outline

Course Number

Online Courses 302 Clock-hours



Selfcare for Massage Therapist




Anatomy, Physiology plus Pathology




Theory of Massage








Kinesiology Musculoskeletal Applications




Kinesiology The Study of Human Motion




Business of Massage Therapy




Ethics in Massage Therapy



Course Number

In Person Courses 398 clocks-hours



Swedish Massage




Trigger Point Massage




Myofascial Massage




Kinesiology Musculoskeletal Palpation








Side-lying Massage




Body Mechanics




Clinical Practicum



Total Program Hours

Online Massage Course Description

Online Course

This class will teach you all about self-care and its importance. You will learn to define and describe a wellness model and identify the scope of practice of massage and bodywork in relation to that model. You will learn how to identify various stress reduction techniques and their benefits, as well as identify the physiological and psychological effects of stress. This class will teach you to identify and describe the effect of physical fitness and lifestyle habits on the performance of massage and bodywork techniques. You will learn the effect of centering, focusing, grounding, and breathing on the performance of massage and techniques. The purpose of massage therapist self-care is to protect yourself physically and emotionally in order to enable you to continue practicing without developing emotional stress, physical discomfort, or injury.

This class will guide you through identifying and describing the physiological effects of touch and specific massage or bodywork techniques. You will also identify and describe potential emotional effects of touch and specific massage or bodywork techniques. You will learn strategies to effectively deal with emotional and behavioral client responses to massage therapy treatments. This class will describe the history of massage therapy and bodywork. You will identify the role of professional associations for massage therapists and bodyworkers. This class will show you how to identify sources of published research literature on therapeutic massage and bodywork and share published research to support the field of massage therapist and bodywork.

An excellent knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology will allow you to see beneath your hands and understand the effects of your massage techniques. Pathology is important for having a clear understanding of what goes on in the human body. In this class, you will identify and describe the anatomical organization and general physiological principles of the human body. For all systems of the body, you will identify, locate, and describe the structures (anatomy), functions (physiology), and pathologies commonly encountered in the practice of massage therapy and bodywork. This is important because as a massage therapist, you want to help someone, and you also want to be sure to do no harm related to one’s pathology and body system.

Hydrotherapy refers to using water as therapy in any form. Hydrotherapy can help reduce pain, relax muscles, increase blood flow, and more. In this class, you will describe various hydrotherapy techniques, identify contraindications, precautions, and sanitation, identify the physiological principles and mechanisms involved in the effects of hydrotherapy. You will also learn how to incorporate hydrotherapy into a massage session and create a home care routine for your clients.

In this course, you will be able to describe the relationship between the structural contours and underlying musculoskeletal structures, as well as the texture, thickness, and mobility of the skin and fascial structures in each region of the body. You will also be able to name and locate the bones, bony landmarks, and joints for each region of the body, and describe the connections between them and the soft tissues of the region. This class will also cover how to list and demonstrate the action(s) of each muscle and name and locate major joint structures. Name and locate the major nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes that therapists must be cautious of when palpating each body region.

This class covers basic kinesiology principles as they apply to musculoskeletal anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. It emphasizes practical applications for hands-on practice, biomechanics applications for activities of daily living, and whole-body patterns in posture and in step.

The ability to self-promote is important. Being able to promote your work to attract new clients will help you become more successful. This class will help you to identify common business practices and structures in massage therapy and bodywork practice; Identify and design effective methods for time management, client scheduling, and maintenance of the work environment. You will learn the basic aspects of legal agreements, contracts, employment agreements, and professional insurance. How to identify basic principles of accounting and bookkeeping suitable for various business structures. You will learn all the legal requirements as they pertain to massage therapy and bodywork. You will learn how to demonstrate knowledge of ADA requirements and their implication for massage therapy and bodywork practice. This class will take you through developing and maintaining a client base, professional referrals, and how to communicate effectively in relation to. You will learn how to create a business plan and all the areas associated, including marketing. You will learn about insurance and confidentiality principles including HIPAA compliance.

Ethical standards are at the center of building trust with your clients and creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment that is beneficial for both you and your clients. This class will teach you the importance of professional boundaries, personal and professional relationships, qualities, and characteristics of boundaries. You will learn cultural differences related to boundaries issues, transference, and countertransference. This class will teach you how to identify and describe the purpose of a code of ethics, identify and describe the purpose of Standards of Practice specific to massage therapy and bodywork, and identify common ethical situations in massage therapy and bodywork. You will learn how to describe processes that will effectively resolve ethical issues and demonstrate the knowledge of ADA requirements.

In Person Course

The skills acquired in this course are the foundation on which all subsequent hands-on coursework is based. You will learn the seven strokes that comprise Swedish Massage: Effleurage (long strokes), Petrissage (kneading), Friction, Tapotement (percussion), Vibration, touch without movement, and joint movements. You will identify specific contraindications and precautions to touch. Additionally, you will learn healthcare and bodywork terminology as it pertains to massage and completing SOAP notes. Proper draping, sanitizing, and personal hygiene will also be taught. Swedish Massage can provide a deep level of relaxation, stress reduction, and can also help alleviate daily aches and pains.

Reflexology explores the history and philosophy of Reflexology and demonstrates the Reflexology patterns on the feet. This course will allow you to study the history and theory of Reflexology. It will cover the contraindications, techniques, body mechanics, and equipment setup. It will also cover the positioning of the client. Reflexology is designed to encourage the body’s innate healing forces and to help normalize body functions; by applying pressure to specific points and patterns on the feet, it stimulates corresponding areas in other parts of the body. The application of Reflexology gives the practitioner a way to incorporate the techniques into a Swedish Massage.

This class is designed to teach you to understand, and use, myofascial techniques in treatments. Myofascial massage addresses the body’s fascial anatomy with the intent to release restrictions in superficial fascia, deep fascia surrounding muscles, and fascia related to body alignment in order to facilitate release and optimize movement. You will learn how to describe the physiology of fascia and identify local and general contraindications for myofascial massage. In this course, you will demonstrate the proper use of body mechanics, discuss, and demonstrate myofascial techniques and mobilization.

This hands-on portion of the Kinesiology course ensures that you have mastered the palpation skills that this hybrid course teaches. You will learn how to palpate major joint structures, including ligaments and bursae, that are common sites of pain and injury. In this course, you will learn how to palpate each muscle from origin to insertion, feeling and describing its overall shape, edges, and other fiber directions. You will observe the surface anatomy of the body and confidently explore the skin and fascial structures of the body; then palpate the bones and bony landmarks of each body region while exploring the connections between them and the soft tissue. The field of Kinesiology focuses on the scientific study of human movement and how physical activity can affect one’s life.

In this class, you will learn how to examine and treat muscles and attachments in layers, beginning with the superficial muscles and connective tissues then, moving to the deeper ligaments and deeper tissue areas. You will demonstrate locating, palpating, and deactivating trigger points throughout the body. As well, demonstrate anatomy knowledge of musculoskeletal system in relationship to trigger point locations. You will discuss and practice deactivation techniques. Trigger point therapy is a treatment that helps release tense painful knots in your muscle and fascia.

This class teaches you how to work on clients using the sideline position. You will learn the sideline sequence, bolstering, draping, body mechanics, and setup. An effective technique that allows a therapist access to the musculoskeletal system in a unique way, all are unique focuses of this class. You will learn to use the sideline position during a therapy session that will allow for more area-specific therapy to be accomplished and provide deep release to a client’s holding patterns of stress and/or injury.

This class builds on what you have learned in the Swedish course. It’s designed to solidify correct body mechanics. You will learn how to demonstrate safe and effective use of equipment and supplies. You will demonstrate strategies to prevent self-injury and enhance the efficacy of techniques through the use of proper body mechanics, centering, focusing, and breathing for the safe and effective performance of massage. Identify and demonstrate biomechanical skills necessary for the safe and effective performance of massage and bodywork techniques. Excellent body mechanics will support you in delivering effective and efficient massage services. It will also reduce the impact on your body, as a therapist, while you are working.

Clinicals are designed as an educational experience for massage students. During this time, you will be supervised and in a learning environment. Clinicals offer opportunities to apply the skills that are learned in the classroom and during online study. In this portion of the program, you will experience live clients and will be assigned an onsite massage licensed instructor. You will practice different techniques learned based on the clients’ needs. You will also practice using SOAP notes for every session.

Education For Any Schedule

We offer three different schedules for our hands on training and this combined with our hybrid program so that you can gain a new career option that fits your lifestyle.

  • Your student liability insurance is included.
  • MBLEX exam prep class included.
  • Career and job outreach included.
  • Financial assistance included in the form of scholarships.

Holidays Observed: Easter, Fourth of July, Memorial day, Labor day, Thanksgiving weekend, and the full week between Christmas eve to New Year’s day.

Additional Benefits for Student are Memberships in USOLMT and AMTA


USOLMT is a resource for industry-wide news and information, an advocate for massage therapists
and the massage profession, and an educational organization assisting employers in creating and
maintaining employee-centric workplaces while providing support to our professional, student, and
educator members that help them excel in their careers.

Join us in our mission to empower every massage therapist.


AMTA Student membership grants you access to 50+ benefits including:

  • Educational Tools
  • Networking and Community
  • Career Guidance
  • Member Discounts
  • Liability insurance for school-sanctioned activities
  • Publications