Massage Schools in California

One of the most popular career choices across the nation these days is massage therapy. If you like to work with others in an intimate setting and enjoy a flexible schedule, then look into massage schools in California. To become a California massage therapist, successful completion of accredited vocational training program that includes basic theory and hands-on massage techniques are required, along with passing the state exam. A massage therapist in the Golden State could work for themselves as a mobile business that travels to different locations, or seek employment at a healthcare facility, fitness center or day spa. The opportunities are as diverse as California itself - from Napa Valley to San Francisco Bay to Los Angeles.

Get Massage Therapy Training in CA

Massage therapy is a very popular career choice across the country. You might enjoy becoming a massage therapist if you desire a career as an alternative medical professional. Massage therapists expertly apply pressure to the body to promote healing from injuries and relieve stress. Some of the procedures massage therapists in California learn to perform are Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, acupressure and neuromuscular massage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massages, called modalities. Most California massage therapists specialize in several modalities.

Earn Your California Massage License

Becoming a massage therapist in California requires completion of training that includes both the theory of massage and hands on massage techniques. Students also must pass an exam regulated by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) called the NCETMB - National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Unlike some other states, California has two different levels of certification. The first - Certified Massage Practitioner - requires 250 hours of training and education. It will be phased out by 1-1-2015. The other level of certification is the Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). CMTs in California take 500 hours of massage education and training and at least 250 of those hours must be at an approved California massage therapy school. The other 250 hours may be through a school or through a continuing education provider.

Begin Working as a CA Massage Therapist

California massage therapists can either work for themselves by traveling to different locations or they can work at a healthcare facility, fitness center or spa. The opportunities are as diverse as the Golden State itself. California is ranked first in the country by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the highest current employment of massage therapists. The state also has three of the top ten metropolitan areas with the highest current employment in the country: #1 Los Angeles greater metropolitan area, #8 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, and #10 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area. Napa, California is rated #1 in the nation by the BLS with the highest concentration of massage therapist jobs and job locations. California massage therapists can earn an average annual salary of $38,140 before tips. The average annual wage of massage therapists in the United States was $34,900 during the same period. Most massage therapists earn a combination of wages and tips. Because most California massage therapists work by appointment their schedules and the hours worked each week vary widely. In addition to hours giving massages, massage therapists also spend time writing patient progress notes, scheduling client appointments and other general business tasks.

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Massage Therapy Schools in California (alphabetized by city)
Bakersfield, CA

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Fresno, CA

Milan Institute in Fresno, CA offers the training you need to reach your career goals as a cosmetologist or esthetician. Our focus is on you. Our staff is...
Palm Springs, CA

Kaplan College - Palm Springs prepares people for careers in the field of massage therapy. You can gain the skills you need...
Pasadena, CA

Since 1966, North-West College - Pasadena has been helping to shape the careers of thousands of healthcare and business professionals...
Poway, CA

Bellus Academy is dedicated to graduating the top beauty and wellness industry professionals by providing quality education.
Vacaville, CA

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Alameda, CA

Avalon School of Cosmetology has been serving the professional beauty industry for more than 40 years. Our experienced educators will provide you with one of the most outstanding educational experiences available.
Chatsworth, CA

Newberry School of Beauty has been training students in the field of Cosmetology since December of 1949. The school has earned a reputation for excellence and quality...
Danville, CA

W Academy of Salon and Spa is a Sassoon Academy Connection Member School, the only Sassoon Academy Connection School in Northern California.
El Cajon, CA

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Fairfield, CA

Milan Institute of Cosmetology in Fairfield, CA offers the training you need to reach your career goals as a cosmetologist, esthetician, or manicurist. Our focus is on you.
La Quinta, CA

Milan Institute in La Quinta, CA offers the training you need to reach your career goals as a cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician, and cosmetology instructor.
Los Angeles, CA

The Aveda Institute Los Angeles is located in the heart of Westwood, adjacent to the UCLA campus. The facility has new classroom and clinic areas and an Aveda...
Merced, CA

Milan Institute in Merced, CA offers the training you need to reach your career goals with multiple programs...
Modesto, CA

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Modesto, CA

We believe that education is an adventure and that the learning experience needs to be fun. When you tour...
Sacramento, CA

Are you ready to take your passion for beauty and turn it into your career? Cosmo Beauty Academy can help you get you there! We specialize in cosmetology, esthetics and manicuring and provide quality education from experienced instructors.
Tracy, CA

Adrian's Beauty Colleges are three separately owned corporate colleges founded by Adrian Cochran. They are located in the beautiful inland bay of...
Turlock, CA

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Ventura, CA

The programs at Lu Ross Academy offer a well- rounded education that enables our graduates to establish a successful career in their chosen field.
Visalia, CA

Milan Institute of Cosmetology in Visalia, CA offers the training you need to reach your career goals as a cosmetologist or manicurist. Our focus is on you. Our staff is...

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