Massage Program

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.

Program Outline

Course Number

Online Module



Anatomy, Physiology plus Pathology




Kinesiology 1 – The Study of Human Motion




Kinesiology 2 – Musculoskeletal Applications




Theory of Massage & Bodywork




The Business and Ethics of Massage Therapy




Hydro Therapy



Course Number

In Person Module



Swedish Massage




Trigger Point Massage








Myofascial Massage




Sideline Massage




Body Mechanics




Clinical Externship & Practicum



Total Program Hours

Online Course Description

Online Module

This course provides an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. The course discusses each body system in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions and explains how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Studies will focus on the origins, signs and symptoms, and treatments of each systemic disease, while musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction is highlighted for the massage therapist. The positive effects that therapeutic massage and bodywork offer are also considered. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system throughout the lifespan.

  • Lesson 1: The Human Body: An Orientation
  • Lesson 2: Cells and Tissues
  • Lesson 3: Skin and Body Membranes
  • Lesson 4: The Skeletal System
  • Lesson 5: The Muscular System
  • Lesson 6: The Nervous System
  • Lesson 7: Special Senses
  • Lesson 8: The Endocrine System
  • Lesson 9: The Blood
  • Lesson 10: The Cardiovascular System
  • Lesson 11: The Lymphatic System and Body Defenses
  • Lesson 12: The Respiratory System
  • Lesson 13: The Digestive System and Body Metabolism
  • Lesson 14: The Urinary System
  • Lesson 15: The Reproductive System
Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

This course provides students with the fundamental concepts and applications of kinesiology for massage practice. The 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 gait. Students will practice applying kinesiology principles to therapeutic massage methods through a number of experiential exercises designed to keep the students engaged and help them learn through the body as well as the mind.

  • Lesson 1: Essentials of Movement
  • Lesson 2: Connective Tissue
  • Lesson 3: Joints
  • Lesson 4: Muscles
  • Lesson 5: Nervess
  • Lesson 6: Biomechanics
  • Lesson 7: Posture
  • Lesson 8: Gait
Kinesiology I - The Study of Human Motion

This course offers a well-organized study of the bones, joints, and muscles, illustrated with beautiful full-color photographs, precise anatomical drawings, and clear mechanical drawings, and exciting interactive animations that allow the student to fully engage a 3-dimensional analysis of each major joint and muscle. These topics are presented in a specific order that reflects the Ida P. Rolf method for developing structural integrity of the myofascial systems in the body. Each topic includes palpation exercises to help you become comfortable with locating bony landmarks and exploring joint structures and motions, as well as learning the locations, actions, and trigger points of the muscles.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction- Navigating the Body
  • Lesson 2: Shoulder and Arm
  • Lesson 3: Forearm and Hand
  • Lesson 4: Spine and Thorax
  • Lesson 5: Head, Neck and Face
  • Lesson 6: Pelvis and Thigh
  • Lesson 7: Leg and Foot
Therapeutic Kinesiology-Musculoskeletal

Students will learn the entire theoretical and scientific basis for each style of massage & bodywork and be prepared to apply that knowledge throughout their professional practice. An overview of the history of massage is considered to give students a historical understanding of the origins of massage and bodywork and insight as to how contemporary therapeutic modalities have developed over time. Client preparation, draping, and product options to be used during treatments are all addressed in order to prepare therapists for practical applications. Finally, the effects and benefits, as well as the contraindications and indications are analyzed to ensure professional competency and client safety. This course is a complete overview to prepare you for your continued studies as a massage therapist.

  • Lesson 1: The History and Perspective of Massage
  • Lesson 2: The Benefits and Applications of Massage
  • Lesson 3: Contraindications and Massage Guidelines
  • Lesson 4: Western Massage Techniques
Theory of Massage & Bodywork

This course provides excellent interactive instruction about the many facets of the massage therapy business. Instruction focuses on the basic knowledge and skills of business and professional development, including career path opportunities, writing resumes, goal setting, business plans, self-care, and job interview comportment. Students will also have the knowledge and tools for basic entrepreneurship, including marketing for massage therapy. Finally, the course emphasizes utmost professionalism and ethical behavior. Students will gain valuable insight about the industry and business controls in the marketplace and gain competency in their ability to become state-licensed as a professional massage therapist. Ethics and professionalism is extremely important with any therapeutic practice and these topics focus on the real-world ethical challenges professionals’ face, providing clear rationales for ethical behavior. The content encourages introspection, conversation, critical thinking, and problem solving, and promotes meaningful conversation about ethical concepts and dilemmas.

  • Lesson 1: Considerations for a Massage Therapy Career
  • Lesson 2: Career Paths for Massage
  • Lesson 3: Ethical Foundations
  • Lesson 4: Communication
  • Lesson 5: Touch and Ethical Operations
  • Lesson 6: Professional Practice
  • Lesson 7: Marketing for Massage
The Business and Ethics of Massage Therapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in health and healing practices. The trio of water, massage, and exercise is a natural combination found all over the globe in bathhouses, spas, and health clubs. This course explores some of the more common hydrotherapy methods and hot and cold applications within the scope of massage therapy. Topics discussed are the history and terms, practical applications, mechanisms, indications and contraindications, temperatures, incomplete and unfavorable reactions, physical modalities, necessary equipment, and cryotherapy. Used in conjunction with massage, hydrotherapy can enhance the effectiveness of an individual treatment session. This course will educate you when and how to appropriately to apply the techniques available.

  • Lesson 1: Review of Hydrotherapy

In Person Module

You will gain the foundational skills that are the basis of massage therapy upon which you will build as you move through the program. This course explores the fundamental skills of massage therapy. It serves to orient practitioners in training to become comfortable and familiar in human therapeutic touch, as well as to solidify a foundation that will continually be added to throughout your career. The practice of Traditional Swedish Massage will be instrumental and serve as a foundation for each student as they progress through the program. Upon completion of this course, each student will be competent to perform a full body therapeutic massage.

  • Unit 1: Foundation Massage Techniques
  • Unit 2: Joint Movements
  • Unit 3: Full-Body Foundational Massage
  • Unit 4: Applications of the Head and Face, Neck
  • Unit 5: Applications for the back
  • Unit 6: Applications for the Upper Extremities
  • Unit 7: Applications for the Chest and Abdomen
  • Unit 8: Applications for the Lower Extremities and Glutes
Western Massage

One of the highest requested and practiced forms of massage is trigger point. In this course students will gain a knowledgeable and practical foundation for which to begin their practice of working with the neuro-muscular systems of the body. Trigger Point involves the identification and deactivation of painful fibrous nodules in muscle and connective tissue called trigger points. Instruction, demonstration and supervised practice are all components of this course. As students integrate this modality into their therapeutic sessions, their level of effectiveness with the client is highly increased!

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Trigger Point
  • Lesson 2: Deactivation Techniques
  • Lesson 3: Leg and Foot Muscles
  • Lesson 4: Thigh Muscles
  • Lesson 5: Pelvic Muscles
  • Lesson 6: Torso Muscles
  • Lesson 7: Shoulder Girdle Muscles
  • Lesson 8: Arm, Forearm and Hand Muscles
  • Lesson 9: Cervical Muscles
  • Lesson 10: Craniomandibular Muscles
  • Lesson 11: Evaluation
Trigger Point

Reflexology explores the history and philosophy of reflexology and demonstrates the reflexology patterns on the feet. Pressure applied to specific points and patterns on the feet stimulates corresponding areas in other parts of the body; pressure applied to reflexes is mapped to marshal the body’s innate healing forces and to help normalize body functions. Practical application of reflexology addresses a full hour treatment and gives the practitioner a way to incorporate reflexology into a Swedish massage.

  • Lesson 1: Overview History & Theory of Reflexology
  • Lesson 2: Positioning the Client and Reflexology Techniques
  • Lesson 3: General Reflexology Session-Demonstration and Practice
  • Lesson 4: General Reflexology Session-Practice Case Study
  • Lesson 5: General Reflexology Session-Practice Case Study
  • Lesson 6: General Reflexology Session-Performance Evaluation

This course is designed to begin to understand and use manual myofascial techniques in bodywork 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 and comfort in the human body.

  • Lesson 1: Myofascial Massage Overview
  • Lesson 2: Skin Lifting/ Skin Rolling- Demonstration and Practice
  • Lesson 3: Cross-Handed Myofascial Stretching- Demonstration and Practice
  • Lesson 4: Myofascial Mobilization Techniques- Demonstration and Practice
  • Lesson 5: Myofascial Mobilization Techniques (Continued)-Regional Applications
  • Lesson 6: Performance Evaluation- Basic Myofascial Techniques
  • Lesson 7: Practice Sequence for Myofascial Massage
  • Lesson 8: Practice Sequence for Myofascial Massage
  • Lesson 9: Performance Evaluation- Myofascial Massage Sequence
  • Lesson 10: Critical Thinking and Practical Application; Presentation and Discussion
Myofascial Massage

This class teaches how to work on clients using the sideline position. This technique allows for access to the musculoskeletal system in a unique way, offering the opportunity to work the body in a different plane of gravity and provides greater access to holding patterns. You will learn to use sideline position during a therapy session to allow for more area-specific therapy to be accomplished and provide deep release to client’s holding patterns of stress and injury. Correct bolstering and draping techniques are an essential focus of this class.

  • Lesson 1: Principles of Sideline Massage
  • Lesson 2: Practice Sideline Massage
  • Lesson 3: Performance Evaluation- Sideline Massage

The study of body mechanics helps massage therapists deliver both effective and efficient massage therapy, while helping reduce the impact on their body while delivering therapeutic care. Learn body position guidelines to help deliver massage strokes efficiently and minimize bodily stress.

  • Lesson 1: Review of proper body mechanics

Students will complete 150-hours of documented massage therapy treatments in order to complete the program. This allows students to directly apply the knowledge and experience in the classroom to real life situations, so that learning can be realized, constructive feedback can be shared, practical applications refined, and continued development for each student as a massage therapist. This exciting component of your massage therapy training allows you the opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to work in a clinic and interact directly with other therapists in the workplace. This valuable workplace learning environment exposes the full perspective of the massage therapy business and creates the ability to engage with real employers.

Clinical Practicum

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