The Vermont Massage Therapy Training Program
Vermont Massage School - Vermont Massage Practitioner Training Program
A year-long, 500 hour professional certification program taught in short intensives, plus 100 hour internship.
Applications are being accepted for the full professional program. It is also possible to enroll in individual workshops in Vermont. Help in finding accommodation is provided for those who don't live locally.
The School for International Bodywork and The Green Mountain Institute for Integrative Therapy invites you to learn massage with us in North Bennington, Vermont.
This course addresses the whole person: body, mind and spirit. It provides a solid foundation in therapeutic massage, anatomy and physiology, professional development and communication skills. Learn to give what many recipients tell our students is the best massage they have ever had, a massage that feels as good to give as to receive.
Enrollement is kept small, allowing us to give personalized attention well beyond that usually available in massage school. We always try to teach each student according to how she or he learns best.
Upon completion of the program, graduates qualify for taking the NCTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) examination. Meets most state licensing requirements, sometimes with some additional required hours.
Next entry points: Oct 13 and October 25
Foundation in Integrative Massage and Bodywork, Part I
The Vermont Professional Certification Program FAQs
Recently restructured to meet the growing demand for a low-residency, short-term massage therapy training course, our Vermont Program offers students the ability to complete a professional certification program in integrative bodywork and massage therapy in just one year. The program consists of a series of short intensive segments taking place at intervals throughout the year, generally once per month. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam.
Who Is This Program For?
This program is ideal for students seeking to develop a professional massage therapy and bodywork practice. The training is appropriate for absolute beginners, or students with some prior experience.
What About Advanced Students? Do You Offer Continuing Education for Professionals?
Yes, some of the courses in the year-long program are open to students with prior training and experience, or those seeking CEUs or professional development. In particular, the Thai/Shiatsu series of courses, the cranial sacral workshops, and some of our Integrative Bodywork courses may be of interest. One-time course enrollments are handled on a case-by-case basis, with permission of the instructor.
What is the Cost?
For the full 2012 -2013 professional certification program, the fee is $7,700. Applications are accepted up to the start date, or until the program is full. Contact us for information on payment plans, VSAC grants for Vermont residents and discounts for advance payment in full. One-time course enrollments vary, please inquire.
What’s Included in the Fee?
The Vermont Program offers 500 hours of course instruction that includes training in integrative bodywork, polarity therapy, acupressure, myofascial therapy, sports massage, anatomy and physiology, massage for pregnancy and special conditions, and other modalities; supervised practice sessions; a supervised internship period; distance learning sessions between face-to-face meetings; easy access to program directors and faculty via email and phone; handouts and training materials; apprenticeship training days; administration of final exam, review of the research project; professional development and post-graduate job placement support and transcripts.
Is this a Residential Program?
No. Local students commute to and from sessions daily. Others stay at local inns, hotels, campgrounds or private homes (by special arrangement, for a small fee). Participants provide their own meals. Room and board costs are not included in the fee but we will provide assistance in locating a place to stay and arranging reservations, driving directions and other logistics.
What is the Setting? Where is the Course Taught?
The program is taught in the village of North Bennington, in beautiful southern Vermont. Throughout the year, the changing seasons and quiet setting of the Green Mountain Institute offers a powerfully serene and contemplative atmosphere for focused learning, study and practice. Shops and restaurants in the village are within walking distance to the classroom.
What’s the Schedule?
The complete program calendar is at the end of this email. Courses range in length from a week to two days, the latter usually taking place over a weekend. Most segments are four days long (usually Sat through Tuesday. Classes begin at 9 am and by 6:30 pm. There are multiple entry points. Refer to the program schedule below for exact dates.
What If I Miss One of the Courses?
Before enrolling, we encourage you to carefully review the complete schedule (see below) to be sure that you can clear your calendar for the courses as we offer them. The program is not complete if not all the courses are attended - the hours just don't add up and your training will have gaps in it. And our programs are small and intimate. If you are absent, it will affect not only your training, but the experience of each of your colleagues in the program.
That said, we understand that emergencies do happen. If you miss a class due to serious illness or other emergency (your own or someone in your care) you may make up that class at no cost, however, you may have to wait a year until it is offered again. Other absences and missed training sessions will have to be made up at an additional cost. At the discretion of the directors, certain courses may be offered as private sessions or repeated out of cycle, but an additional cost may be incurred. Our complete attendance policy is outlined in the enrollment agreement you'll receive upon acceptance into the program.