Massage Schools in Virginia

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10130-A Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

(703) 759-2700
Cosmetology, Electrology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Teacher Training
Centura College – Accredited

932 Ventures Way
Chesapeake, VA 23320

(757) 549-2121
Esthetics, Massage Therapy

3405 Candlers Mountain Road #G360
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Barbering

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American Massage & Bodywork Institute

1593 Spring Hill Road Suite 210
Vienna, VA 22182

Asher Institute of Hampton – Accredited

4107 West Mercury Boulevard
Hampton, VA 23669

Cayce Reily School of Massage

215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Cedar Stone School Of Massage – Accredited

1834 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Centura College – Accredited

616 Denbigh Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23608

Columbia College – Accredited

8620 Westwood Center Drive
Vienna, VA 22182

Dabney S Lancaster Community College

1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, VA 24422

Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy – Accredited

11425 Isaac Newton Square South Suite 200
Reston, VA 20190

Eastern Virginia Career College – Accredited

10304 Spotsylvania Avenue Suite 400
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

ECPI University

1001 Omni Boulevard #200
Newport News, VA 23606

Fortis College

6300 Center Drice #100
Norfolk, VA 23502

Fortis College

2000 Westmoreland Street A
Richmond, VA 23230

Lotus School of Integrated Professions Inc – Accredited

10960 Three Chopt Road Suite A
Richmond, VA 23233

Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage – Accredited

6402 Arlington Boulevard Suite 840
Falls Church, VA 22042

Patrick Henry Community College

645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112

Fast Track Health Care Education – Accredited

105 Poplar Avenue
Salem, VA 24153
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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Virginia Massage Careers At a Glance
  • 500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 24 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for massage therapists in Virginia is $41,490 ($19.95/hour). This is higher than the national average of $42,820 ($20.59/hour).
  • There is a predicted 25% job increase between 2016–2026 for massage therapists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 22%.

From Richmond to Virginia Beach to Williamsburg, the Commonwealth of Virginia is a hot and growing market for massage therapists. Massage services are in demand in spas, salons, hotels, hospitals, physical therapy offices and wellness centers, as well as in the private sector.

You have your choice of massage schools in Virginia that can train you in everything from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to sports and prenatal massage. Virginia massage schools can prepare you for certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

State License Requirements

500 Education Hours

Required to earn a massage therapy license

Training programs in massage therapy require a high school diploma or GED to enter. Some college studies in science, psychology and business are helpful but not required for admission. The State of Virginia requires potential massage therapists complete at least 500 hours massage therapy education at an accredited school. Students then must pass either the NCETMB or MBLEx examination to show comprehension of the massage therapy school curriculum. The profession is licensed through the Board of Nursing in Virginia. Licensure in Virginia allows the practitioner to enter the field of massage therapy at the entry level in the state.

Education Details

Massage therapy schools in Virginia teach more than the technical components of massage. They also teach students to dedicate themselves to the practice of massage as a service to others. Common techniques taught include medical massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Shiatsu, myofascial release and pregnancy massage. Massage therapists use their hands to manipulate tissue and create more space in the body and better functioning body systems. Massage therapists usually treat the individual needs of the client, and work on problem areas or towards general relaxation. Learning massage therapy in Virginia could be a vital career move if you feel called to these ideas.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

24 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Virginia happens every two years at the end of the month in which your license was first issued. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner license is $105. You must complete 24 continuing education hours in order to renew your license.

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Average yearly salary for massage therapy in Virginia

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the annual mean salary for Virginia massage therapists is $41,490. Salaries in the state range from $22,460 to $68,260 before tips. Many massage therapists specialize in one or more massage modalities, allowing them to increase their earning potential. Massage therapists are even taking their equipment to malls and businesses, and offering on-site massages to workers and busy shoppers. This flexibility of hours and locations for practice are some of the main attractions for the career of massage therapy. If you think this might be a career that interests you, check into a massage therapy school in Virginia.

Most massage therapists find employment in spas, salons, resorts, hospitals, health practices, gyms, sports facilities and clubs, and in private or group massage practices. They may also work for themselves as sole practitioners providing massage in their own home or office or in their clients' homes. Some massage therapists visit businesses and provide chair massages in the workplace.

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