Massage Therapy Training

Certification through LHAA’s comprehensive & highly-focused program.

If you have an interest in therapeutic massage, leading Kentucky massage school, Lexington Healing Arts Academy is proud to offer a comprehensive, highly focused program for students who wish to pursue a long term career in massage therapy. Our accredited program will give you the skills you need to succeed in building a career in massage therapy, including hands-on training, in-depth study and real world experience.

Through this popular program, you’ll have the opportunity to study massage in a friendly, positive environment while receiving advanced education from highly experienced instructors. At Lexington Healing Arts Academy, we thoroughly prepare you for a career in massage without any extra requirements, classes, or credits necessary.

Looking to begin a career you'll truly enjoy?

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards announced findings from its 2017 Job Task Analysis indicating that massage and bodywork practitioners are overwhelmingly satisfied with their occupation!

Why Choose LHAA for Massage Therapy Training?

This program focuses on the science, technique and business of therapeutic massage. You’ll be fully immersed in massage training and education when you enroll, making it the perfect choice for pursuing your dream career.

The curriculum consists of 720 total hours of massage therapy education, 612 of which are dedicated to classroom learning and 108 hours of which are dedicated to supervised clinic hours. No extra elective or general studies hours are required; this means that your valuable time and hard-earned money are put directly toward your desired career path.

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Lexington Healing Arts Academy has been a life-changing experience. I came in a little bit broken and left a bit more whole. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. The course was challenging on so many levels. I have grown and I have matured. The faculty and staff was nothing but supportive in every way. They have taught us, guided us, motivated and encouraged me. I highly recommend LHAA to anyone thinking about becoming a massage therapist. You will learn a LOT about the human body but you will learn a lot about yourself.


2019 Graduate

Through LHAA’s Massage Therapy Program, you will…

  • Develop basic competency in the fundamentals of therapeutic massage, chair massage, pregnancy massage, hydrotherapy, energy work and clinical massage techniques.
  • Establish a solid foundation in the applied sciences including anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.
  • Gain an understanding of holistic wellness in mind/body/spirit and establish the practice of personal/professional development skills.
  • Develop and integrate professional ethics and personal relationship skills such as boundary setting, empathy, and effective communication.
  • Gain insight into career goals, developing tools and skills that support a smooth transition into a professional massage career in a broad array of employment settings.
  • Exhibit and practice confidence, competence, and professionalism during the clinical internship.

Ready to plan your visit? Drop in any time or contact our Admissions Representative to schedule your campus tour. We enroll massage students throughout the year so it is always a good time to check us out.

About the Atmosphere at LHAA

We strive to create an environment that is conducive to learning while also making people feel welcome. Our goal is to maintain a space that is positive and professional, where you feel like youíre among friends.

When you visit our facility, you’ll immediately see that LHAA isn’t your everyday technical school. You’ll find yourself in a warm, inviting space from the moment you walk through our doors. But this welcoming atmosphere doesn’t just come from our space; it is perpetuated by our friendly staff and faculty who all have a genuine love and dedication to the healing arts.

Online & Weekend Program Option

In addition to our traditional onsite program, we also offer a 720 Hour Blended Massage Therapy training program consisting of 372 classroom hours, 108 hours in our Student massage clinic, and 240 hours online. Designed to accommodate self-motivated students with busy schedules as they train for a new career in massage.

The program is divided into two terms:

Term I consists of hours 1-360 and Term II is from 361-720 hours. The program will consist of 8 hours of classroom or clinic time per week and 4 hours of online classes/week. During the first term classroom time will be Saturdays from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. During most of the 2nd term students will have 4 hours of classroom time on Saturdays from 9:00 – 1:00 pm, a four hour online class per week, and will have a scheduled 4-hour clinic shift sometime between 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday – Friday or 2:00 – 6:00 pm Saturday. The program provides a thorough and broad-based education in massage therapy.


What is the typical class size?

Classes in this program are deliberately kept small, as to allow students to receive more individual attention from our highly dedicated and experienced instructors. Classes usually range from 8-22 students. The typical student/faculty ratio is 8:1.

What is the class schedule?

For the convenience of our students, the Massage Therapy program offers both a day and evening section. The day classes are held Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-1:30 pm; evening classes are held Tuesday-Thursday from 6-10 pm.

We also offer a blended weekend program which is held Saturdays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, plus 4 hours of online or internship for 4 hours/week.

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How long is the program?

Massage Therapy students typically graduate after completing 36-60 weeks of training, depending on whether they enroll in the day or evening program. For the blended weekend program, students typically grauate after 60 weeks.

How much does it cost?

Starting September 2020, the total cost for the Massage Therapy program is $12,950. This includes everything – tuition, fees, textbooks, equipment, and parking. This is a cost-competitive program and a sound financial choice for someone who knows they want a career in massage.

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What makes LHAA's massage program different?

Unlike most technical colleges, where you usually have to take other courses to earn an associate’s degree in order to also achieve massage certification, LHAA’s Massage Therapy program allows students to pursue their goals without having to take on extra coursework.

You’ll also find that our educators, staff, and facility provide a friendly, peaceful, and welcoming environment, creating an atmosphere that makes LHAA a place you look forward to arriving at each session.

Click here to view the Massage Therapy program requirements.

How do I know if this program is right for me?

The common link between our students is their passion for the healing arts. If you have this passion, and are serious about committing to your education and career goals, then LHAA’s Massage Therapy program is for you. Our students come from all different backgrounds and have ranged in age from 18-70, so there really is no “type” of student that excels in this program. As long as you’ve got a strong desire to learn, and a passion for therapeutic massage, you will fit right in.

Read what some of our students have to say about our training programs.

Please note: This program is highly rewarding, but also intensive. Therefore, students who aren’t sure of their career goals may want to provide time for extra reflection before enrolling in this program.

What percent of graduates found employment related to their field of study?

Placement is reported to the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES). The most recent report covers the period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Our most recent Massage Therapy placement rate reported to ABHES is 78%.

LHAA students have the ability to receive continued support and networking opportunities throughout their careers, even after graduation. This can be immensely helpful in securing employment and building a clientele in this competitive field.

See more information about our Job Placement Assistance Program.

How can I find out more about this career?

Further information pertaining to occupational requirements and opportunities for graduates of this program is available at Summary Report for Massage Therapists.

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 51.3501.

What Massage Therapist Students have to say About LHAA

“What an absolutely AMAZING experience! I started with LHAA in the middle of a very challenging life experience. Every time I came to class I knew my instructor(s) wanted me to be successful in the completion of the coursework. The weekend course was grueling yet rewarding. The support and encouragement is always available. I will be forever grateful for this amazing journey. I’m proud to be an LHAA graduate."

Angela Shaw, Graduate of LHAA Massage Therapy Program

“My experience at LHAA has changed my life. I have grown personally and professionally. There aren’t enough words to describe what this has meant and still means to me. I cannot wait to start this new chapter in my life and could not have done it without the amazing staff and my wonderful classmates. Even though we are graduating, I know we are not done on this journey together. I love this school, these people and now I even love my life more. Thank you LHAA!”

Gloria Ross Graduate of LHAA Massage Therapy Program

“LHAA was the best thing that I’ve done for myself. The people who teach here really have a passion and commitment to teaching their art. The atmosphere here is that of a second family. They care about you, your well being, and your future. The support here is like no other school.”

Elisha Jones Graduate of LHAA Massage Therapy Program

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