Massage Program

Elaine Sterling Institute Massage Academy

Our Massage Therapy program and school available in Atlanta, Georgia is recognized nationally and internationally for our school, training, spa and therapeutic excellence. Become a licensed massage therapist in Georgia and work in a high demand field of spa, chiropractic, clinical and alternative wellness therapies. To give you a competitive edge in the world of massage, we also offer a post graduate ITEC certification course that covers holistic massage and other advances modalities.

Learn from internationally specialized educators in sports massage and thai massage. Our massage therapy curriculum covers a vast array of subjects such as Therapeutic Massage, Chair Massage, Aromatherapy, Body Treatments, Deep Tissue Massage, Hydrotherapy, Athletic Sports Massage, Alternative Medicine Massage, Clinical Massage, Reflexology, Prenatal, Shiatsu, Neuromuscular Therapies and much more.

Become a Certified Massage Therapist in 7-9 months.

  • 197 hours of in-class supervised instruction in human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
  • 44 Hours of in-class supervised instruction in pathology;
  • 8 Hours of Esthetics
  • 250 in massage therapy theory, technique and practice, which must include in-class supervised instruction of clinical techniques and hands-on clinical practice and must include, at a minimum, the following subject matters: effleurage/gliding; petrissage/kneading; compression; friction, tapotement/percussion; vibration; direct pressure; superficial warming techniques; pumping; stretching; jostling; shaking; rocking;
  • 135 hours of in-class supervised instruction in contraindications, benefits, universal precautions, body mechanics, massage history, client data collection, documentation, and legalities of massage, professional standards including draping and modesty, therapeutic relationships and communications;
  • 72 hours of in-class supervised clinic instruction and of ethics
  • 44 hours Business

Instructional course includes:

  • Chair massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Neuromuscular Therapy/Trigger Point/ Sports Massage
  • PNF/MET Stretching
  • Body Treatments
  • Intro to Reflexology (Hands, Foot)
  • Intro to Aromatherapy
  • Intro to eastern theory and practice – Shiatsu, Thai, Reflexology
  • Hydro Therapy
  • Spa Therapies
  • Prenatal massage

Monday through Friday 9am – 2:30pm

Monday through Thursday 6pm-10pm

Tuition $12,225 (includes non-refundable student kit)
Registration Fee: $55
TOTAL: $12,280

2017 Massage Kit Breakdown

  • Tablet
  • Hoodie
  • License Frame
  • Student Equipment
    • Round Bolster
    • Massage Sheet Set Flannel
    • Spa Pocket Microplush
    • Rolling Stool with Removable Backrest
    • Massage Chair
    • Massage Table Package
    • Protocols Dvd – For The Feet
  • CPR Class
  • CPR Book
  • ITEC E-Learning
  • Coursemate Access

Theory 110 Hours

Theory Demonstrations/Clinic/Hands On
History Overview of Massage Distribute Intro. Packet (Forms, procedures, etc.) Review State Board Laws & Rules, unpack kit, History of massage
Requirements for the Practice of Therapeutic Massage State Guidelines, Industry and Business Controls
Scope of Practice, license they are the law, Educational Requirements, Health Requirements, License versus certification. Reasons why licenses can be revoked, suspended or canceled.
Professional Ethics for Massage Therapists Code of ethics, Boundaries, Ethical touch, supervision, Ethical business practices, communication skills, building a professional image, your business name.
Overview Relationship & Definition of A&P, Physiologic changes during disease, The role of therapeutic massage in stress pain, and the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Medical & anatomic terminology
Effects benefits, indications & Contra indications of Massage Effect & benefits of massage, conditions and contraindications of massage, endangerment sites.
Equipment & Products Equipment, massage room, place of business.
Sanitation & Safety Practices First Aid- CPR/AED Certification, Path of disease & infection, maintaining sanitary conditions, summary of precautions, safety practices, universal Precautions, Sanitary conditions, Personal Hygiene.
Consultation & Documentation Draping & Client Consultation, intake & medical forms, body diagrams, preliminary assessment, develop a treatment plan, informed consent, SOAP notes, updating charts.
Classical Massage Movements Chair Massage, building strength and flexibility in your hands, body mechanics, posture, table mechanics, exercises for strength, professional rules.
Application of Massage Technique Effect & benefits of massage, conditions and contraindications of massage, endangerment sites.
Procedures for Complete Body Massages Preparing, assisting and positioning the client, draping procedures and methods, table mechanics, Maintaining contact with client, procedure for professional massage.
Skills Assessment 1 (Practical Examination)- Holistic Massage *Power Test 1 – Test students on comprehension of all theory chapters covered in level I.
Practical: Holistic Massage

Theory 640 Hours

Theory Demonstrations/Clinic/Hands On
Clinical Massage Techniques Neuromuscular therapies, trigger-point therapy, muscle energy technique, position release, myofascial release, deep tissue techniques, deep tissue massage.
Hydrotherapy History & Terms, Practical Application, Indications & Contraindications, Temperatures. Unfavorable Reactions, Physical Modalities, Equipment, Cryotherapy.
Orthopedic Assessment Client intake, assessment, observation, other orthopedic tests, soft tissue barriers, palpation skills, acute and chronic conditions, the role of continuing educations.
Athletic Sports Massage Purpose & Applications of Athletic Sports Massage, Contraindications.
Massage in Medicine Alternative & Complimentary medicine, integrative medicine, chiropractic and massage, hospital based massage, massage as medicine, insurance reimbursed for massage.
Massage for Special Populations Pre Natal Massage, elderly massage, clients with disabilities, massage for the critically ill, precautions for working with HIV/AIDS infected clients.
Other Therapies Chair Massage, Reflexology, Energetic Manipulations,Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Chakra Energy Work, Additional Somatic Therapy
Business Practices Attitude, self-image, public image, business planning, business operations, startup costs, business location, licenses and permits, protecting your business, planning the physical layout, setting your fees, marketing, laws, hiring employees. Career Path, Business Plan- Projects, Career Path
Skills Assessment
**Written ASSESSMENT Level 2
Practical Exam
Exit Projects Provide Guidelines/due dates, etc. for “exit projects”
MBLEX Prep Exam Prep

*Power Test II – Test students on comprehension of all theory chapters covered in level 1 & 2.

ESI’s highly trained faculty is dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing and relaxed learning environment which honors the diversity and unique gifts each student possesses. We provide a program of educational excellence which combines the classical European traditions of massage with modern American scientific technologies. We believe that human beings excel when encouraged to be fully who they are. Our staff maintains high standards of integrity, character, and ethics, while cultivating these qualities in each one of our students. The program provided by ESI will insure our students are equipped with the required skills to pass the state board examination and prepare them to excel in their professional careers.

The school’s primary goal is to prepare each student to meet and exceed the requirements of the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and the Georgia State Board of Massage Therapy. Our school’s instructional environment fosters a solid foundation in the practice of massage therapy by providing theory, instructor/guest demonstrations, guided practice and clinic experience under instructor supervision, that prepare students to fully comprehend body systems. Students have the opportunity to explore many different hands-on techniques of holistic bodywork that will educate their clients and guests better understand how massage therapy can improve health and emotional well-being. Our staff strives to develop each student’s special talents and abilities into a deeper understanding of the art of massage therapy and other natural healing modalities by adhering to the following objectives:

  • To provide each student with a quality learning environment.
  • To employ faculty and staff who are dedicated health practitioners or massage therapists and who possess exemplary educational and ethical standards.
  • To provide an educational experience consisting of the art, science, practice and ethics of massage therapy.
  • To provide every student with a wide range of academic and career enhancement opportunities.
  • To encourage personal growth, self-awareness, and respect among faculty and students.

The Massage Program requires that each student have a minimum grade of 75% and the student have a minimum attendance of 80% in order to receive credit/hours in massage therapy related course and clinical work.
The ratio of students to faculty in the lab/clinical/community area shall not exceed 20 students to 1 instructor with no more than 10 student therapists and 10 students serving as clients. Lecture classes are not subject to this ratio.

PLEASE NOTE: Educational Field trips, student competitions and guest speakers are added as needed to proved supplemental expertise, added value to the programs and to increase the students exposure to the industry.

*The Elaine Sterling Institute reserves the right to update and or changes to the curriculum at any time

Graduation Rate: 66%
Graduate Placement Rate: 92%
Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100%
Note: The placement rate was calculated using the accrediting agency formula


Massage Therapy Program

750 Clock Hours
7 – 12 Months


Monday through Friday 9am – 2:30pm

Monday through Thursday 6pm-10pm

ESI Massage Therapy Instructors
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