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Build Your Massage Practice

3 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



Whether you are in private practice or working for someone else, there are some basic requirements and concepts that will help you to do well. While being skilled in the various techniques and modalities of massage therapy is important, it is also very important to know what is required of you if you need financing, want to file for insurance reimbursement, have to pay your own income taxes or intend to grow beyond a private practice. Learning about the importance of creating a business plan, maintaining accurate client records, paying taxes and thinking about the future are all vital for a successful career in this competitive profession.

Equally valuable to new graduates of massage school as well as those who have been out in the field for a while, this course will introduce you to:

  • basic business structures
  • vision statement development
  • simple business plan development
  • costs involved in starting a business
  • insurance options
  • legal requirements
  • record keeping
  • marketing
  • options to consider for a future in the profession of massage therapy
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Excellent information and well written text.

D. Griswold, LMT

Very good general business course. Certainly more info than what I got in school.

S. Collado, AMTA

This course is well written - concise and relevant topics. Informaton flows well. Questions create contemplation and several times I returned to the material for guidance.

P. England, LMT, NCTMB

It was great, allowed me to open my mind to new ideas for my upcoming business.

P. Meeks, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed learning this course. I believe it will help me further in my business.

Bridget Rogers, LMT, NCTMB

This course was excellent! It explained things that I really didn't understand about starting my own business.

Jenny Steffensmeier, LMT

Was familiar with much of this course. Found things I was not aware of. Thank you for refreshing my memory and giving me things to think about.

Donna Jack, LMT, NCTMB

This was a good refresher course from what I learned in school I'm glad I took this course

Joel Rodriquez, CMT

This has been a valuable resource that I will hold on to for future reference. Definitely worth the price! Thank you!

Julie Bertin, CMT, NCTMB

That was great! It is very helpful.

Yang Li

Very interesting subject!

Angela Schwinger, LMT

Helped to answer some of rules and laws that I needed to know and will help to enhance my business

Amy Mattingly, LMT

I thought the course was very enlightening. It refreshed my memory on some of the areas that I learned while in school and added extra insight to others I was not familiar with. This was my first course and I will be taking others to broaden my career options. Thank you.

Karen Geer, LMT

I was pleasantly surprised at the course content. It was presented very well. It really made me think about where I want to take my practice. Thank you.

Katie Fitch, LMP

This is a great refresher course!!! Straight forward and a thorough review of business practices!!

Melissa Bruketta, LMT, NCTMB

Although I have been in practice for several years, it was a good review for me as I going to expand my practice this next year. Information regarding the Business Plan was helpful so I can prepare for obtaining a small busines loan.

Annette Schuster, LMT

It was very informative and can further help me grow in my presentation and marketing skills.

Csandress Kiel, LMT

It was informative.

Dawn Wimbush, CMT, NCTMB

Great course! Thank you.

Sue Norcia, LMBT

Easy to read.


Enjoyed course.

Edie Hill, LMBT

This was a very informative course, reminding me of things that are valuable to the success of my practice. I am grateful to have the knowledge

Carol Paynek, LMBT

Very valuable information for young and seasoned massage therapists!

Joan Brown, LMT

Great refresher.

Aura Tamara, LMT

Since I began my nursing career in the 1970's, I knew I had an important role as an educator to both patients and their families. This course will help me create a more organized practice. Thank you!

Marguerite Fries, LMT

The course content was to the point and very easy to follow along with as well as remember easily for the exam.

Jenny Taylor, LMT

Very beneficial for new therapists and good review for veteran therapists.

Jeff Haas, LMP

Excellent. This is more in line with my future expectations and needs. Again I like the inspirational quotes. The presenters did a very nice job.

Judy Ard, LMT

Useful exercise in what i have been doing for 20 years!

Matthew Nachtwey

This was very informative and glad I took the course

Sarah Rasmussen, LMT

This was a very informative course I would recommend to any of my colleagues. Thank You.

Lisa Dennison, LMT

I really liked this course. I didn't have a very thorough business course in Massage School, this was very inspiring!

Alberta Adkins, LMT, NCTMB

I had been struggling with marketing and defining my role as an independent contractor in my current office. I am now moving my practice and this came in handy with this move, I am starting a new practice with clear boundaries and great marketing ideas. Love this class!

Sue Page, LMT, NCTMB

Very pleased. I have been in practice for nearly 5 years and by taking this course and with the tools given, I am more confident in assessing my weaknesses and to correct them. I am an active member of the Florida State Therapy Association and have passed your information onto the members of the Board for their perusal with the hope they encourage our members to view your institution as a valuable CE resource. Your faculty is very impressive and I love how you have created courses combining textbooks, CDs and DVDs with Real Bodywork instructional tapes, etc. Awesome!

Debra Ziebell, LMT, NCTMB

I recommend this course to any licensed massage therapist who wants to start their own practice. Very good helpful information for all your business needs.

Adrian Pearson, LMT

I took this course because I'm opening my own practice. I was very HELPFUL Great course!

Lenora Bennett, LMT

Very easy and to the point information about the business of going into the massage therapy business that I will use in my massage therapy practice!

Jeremy Weber, NCTMB

Thank you! I really enjoyed the on-line class. First Timer!! Very simple to follow.

Orlando Perez, LMT

The course was presented very nicely and easy to understand.

Samira Sehhat, CMT

This course was very intriguing. All the information included in this course is very informative and applicable to my business. I will be saving the information in my records for reference. Many Thanks.

Ruth Killgallon, LMT

I can really use this information in my business! Thank you!

Samantha Benefield, LMT

This course offered me insight into the business side of being a Licensed Massage Therapist that I did not learn in massage school. I will refer back to this lesson often.

Sheila Vincent, LMT

I liked the course, it was easy to understand.

Mariano Gomez, LMP

The information is relevant and to the point. Thank you! :)

Barbara Vinci, LMT, NCTMB

This was course was useful and a good learning tool.

John Blue, LMT, NCTMB

Great source of information for someone looking to start their own business.

Bethany Shaw, LMT, NCTMB

I have been in the massage field for 10 years now and am just starting out on my own; this course has helped me feel more confident in my future success. I have previously taken courses through the Institute For Integrative Healthcare Studies, and have been completely satisfied with the subject matter of the courses offered. I am pleased with the overall ease of satisfying my education goals through IIHS, and I recommend this site to all my peers.

Rachel Adams, NCTMB

This flow of this course is awesome! As a massage therapist starting my own practice, this course really gave me a good checklist of stuff I wasn't aware of before. I'm hard to please, but I give it a 10/10.

Shauna Bunch, LMT

I am starting my practice after being out for 10 years. This course was the perfect refresher I needed!

Kelley Biter

This course is very informative and helpful! I enjoyed it!

Keisha O'Quin, LMT

I enjoy occasional private study. With an infant, it’s difficult to have a day away for classes or to complete a class with a set timeframe for completion. With this type of course I can break and review as needed!

Desiree Charles, LMT

This course contains many helpful tools for those just starting their business as well as those seeking to expand their business. I will be able to use these tools for many years to come.

Rhonda Heyns, LMT

The information provided was very helpful. I am preparing to embark on expanding my business and the information was exactly what I needed to learn to take this next step. Everything was very understandable.

Natividad Smith

It was exactly what they promised. A lot of great stuff you can use to help your business grow.

Patrick Lemon

This course was precise, understandable and to the point. Found it to be an easy read and excellent review of what I learned in massage school.

Carrie Pigman, LMT, BCTMB

I've been a massage therapist for 13 years and for someone who's been in the field for so long its easy overlook giving your business a "face lift" and re-evaluating where you are and where you further want to go. This was a great refresher course and very easy to follow.

Brooke Brown, CMT, BCTMB

Very important information that was very clearly and concisely relayed. Having the book to reference at a later time will be extremely helpful.

B. Kristine DeFant, LMT, BCTMB

This course was extremely in depth and informative. Great guide of instruction.

Desiree Patronas, LMT

What a great course! Full of inspirational quotes too!

Michele Suozzi, LMBT

I especially like the inspirational quotes disbursed throughout the text. I can see myself using them as a technique in extra motivation! They are great!

Cathy Harless, LMT, BCTMB

This was my first online course as I typically do them face-to-face. It was pretty easy to maneuver.

Melissa Merrell, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Analyze different employment types including contract work while identifying the pros and cons of each type of arrangement and applies this knowledge to write a vision statement.
  • Define the term Business Plan, identify elements of a business plan and determine costs involved in starting one’s own business.
  • Describe types of insurance necessary for running a business.
  • Contrast between the advantages and disadvantages of accepting insurance from clients as reimbursement for services.
  • Explain the importance of creating and maintaining accurate clinical notes and financial records as well as the legal requirements with regard to medical records.
  • Differentiate between the various traditional forms of marketing used by massage therapists as well as newer forms of marketing and assess how they play a role in small business.
  • Associate the importance of updating skills and expanding knowledge through continuing education, expanding professionally into other areas related to the field such as writing and teaching, and moving beyond a simple private practice, in order to maintain one’s mental and physical well-being to avoid personal burnout.
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