Level 1 Massage Therapy Program

Program Overview

Chico Massage School is a private institution that offers a comprehensive entry-level massage therapy program approved by the Bureau of Post Secondary Education (BPPE).

Students will learn how to complete a client intake, perform Swedish massage with proper body mechanics, and document their work. 

Students will learn how to communicate effectively, ethically, and professionally with clients and other healthcare providers. Students will learn basic postural and soft-tissue assessments and how to design treatment plans. Students will learn contraindications for massage and how to accommodate clients with special needs. They will also learn the laws and regulations governing massage in the state of California.

The course includes instruction on the basic massage strokes:

♦ Swedish massage

♦ Deep tissue

♦ Sports

♦ Stretching

♦ Myofascial

♦ Craniosacral

♦ Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

♦ Prenatal

♦ Spa

♦ Chair Massage

After learning the basic principles, students will be trained to provide massage to the public in the supervised student massage clinic. 

Therapist self-care to ensure career longevity is a focus. Self-massage, stretching, posture, and proper body mechanics will be emphasized daily.

This 525-hour course is broken down as follows:

History of Massage:

5 Hours 

Business & Marketing/Laws & Regulations/Ethics:

34 Hours 

Documentation/S.O.A.P. Notes/Client Assessment:

35 Hours

Anatomy & Physiology:

80 Hours


30 Hours


5 Hours


26 Hours

Body Mechanics/Self Care/Equipment/Environment Safety:

20 Hours

Massage & Bodywork Techniques & Hands on Application:

175 Hours

Benefits /Contraindications:

15 Hours

Instructor Guided Practice Appointments/Clinical Hours:

100 Hours

Upcoming Dates

Spring Full Time Track:

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Takes as little as 5 months

January 3rd, 2022 – May 27th, 2022

Fall Full Time Track:

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Takes as little as 5 months

Dates – TBH

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