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What are the advantages of starting with a longer or a shorter program?

Comprehensive program or short program, you choose. We are committed to giving students ACCESS to holistic education (it’s part of our organization’s vision). For this reason, we have done four things that we think are important:

We’ve created the least expensive English-speaking program in the Bay Area that we know of and with it a holistic financial plan that can help you graduate debt-free.
We have two very short programs to choose from so you can start practicing and finance your program as you go. The city of San Francisco requires only 100 hours to start practicing.
We have even created a “design your own” program option for those who want maximum flexibility.
And if you want to take one course at a time, you can do that too.

Benefits of Shorter Programs
The benefit of a shorter program is that it may allow you to begin to obtain an income sooner and develop the skills of the modalities you have learned more quickly. The downside is that, if you are looking for employment, many massage employers are seeking graduates with 500+ hours of training.

Benefits of Comprehensive Programs

We want to be clear, there are distinct advantages to signing up for a more comprehensive program. As educators, our bias is always toward a more complete education to ensure your success.

As leaders in behavioral transformation, we are also very aware that making a meaningful personal commitment to your ultimate goal is a great way of ensuring that you get to where you want to go. We all do better when we keep our eyes fixed on our dreams. Although this thinking is very intangible for some, in our world, as experts in human behavior, it is very tangible; an important advantage to signing […]

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Do you provide financial aid?

We don’t accept federally funded student loans and grants (usually offered to people who have not yet attended college). We’ve found a better way.

We do offer a variety of financing options, the most affordable tuition in the Bay Area and other ways to support you in graduating debt-free. To learn more, call us now and schedule a visit with one of our remarkable admissions advisors. Be sure to ask about our special registration bonuses and our scholarship program.

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Do you help me find a job after I finish school?

We are going to help you find a job while you’re still in school! And while you’re in school, we’re going to help you start a private practice so you can have a financially and emotionally sustainable career. Are you open to that?

The World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts has been providing top quality education in massage therapy and holistic healing arts for the past 33 years. As such, we have nurtured relationships with massage businesses and are frequently contacted by local businesses looking to hire our graduates. As a school, we routinely share these job opportunities with our students and this provides a good way for them find employment.

Holistic Tip: It’s really not difficult to gain employment in the massage field at this time. Massage Envy and large spas are always looking for more therapists. The question is “why?”

The financial model of larger spas and massage franchises is dependent up hiring low cost labor. These types of businesses as a result expect to have a lot of turnover and depend on having a large, low cost pool of labor of eager new and young therapists to replace those who couldn’t afford the lower wages.

Beware of corporate massage schools advertising their job placement rates. What they’re often bragging about is their success in placing you in a dead-end financial position. There’s a better way. We invite you to become a healing massage therapist in private practice. Financially sustainable and fulfilling beyond words.

Massage Employment
That said, it may be valuable for you to know that we’ve been training students to land a massage job in our business classes for decades. Our students have been quite successful at it. From […]

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What’s the difference between “healing massage” and other types of massage?

Newcomers in the healing massage field often are unaware that private practice is for many, the most sustainable financial model. This is why, according to the largest massage association, nearly 80% of all massage therapists are independent practitioners.

Most of those who are in private practice are offering services that focus on finding healing solutions for their clients. That’s what clients are willing to pay higher rates for and that’s one of the things that makes it financially sustainable.

Rather than use massage to provide relaxation or alleviate symptoms of stress alone (massage technicians), a healing massage focus aims to uncover and release the root causes of client pain and suffering rather than to treat just symptoms.

Massage has existed for thousands of years to provide healing support. It’s only been in the West in recent decades that it has lost it’s original focus and intent.

We’re proud to have been innovators in the healing arts and healing massage for decades now. We’re excited to share with you how fulfilling and financially sustainable a private healing massage practice can really be.

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Is there such as thing as an “energy massage” certification?

There are no third-party energy massage certification organizations that we know of yet. We don’t think it’s necessary that an organization be developed for that purpose either. We think the massage field provides a perfectly acceptable group of organizations and associations under which energy massage may be overseen.

This is why we’ve developed our energy and somatic (mind-body) massage program, so that students graduate with the 500-hours needed for massage certification and with 290 hours of additional energy healing massage therapy. This enables you to practice massage with a specialization in energy healing and somatics in any locality in any State.

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Where are the courses offered?

We have two locations, our main campus in San Francisco and our satellite location in Pleasanton. Pleasanton is in the San Francisco’s East Bay, 40 miles from San Francisco.

You can take classes at both locations which means that you have more dates and classes to choose from.

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Can I start massaging people when I finish school?

You can likely start earning income from your massage practice sooner than you think. Some cities and counties in California and other states require less than 250 hours to practice massage.

Requirements do vary so you may want to call your city to find out. To learn more about meeting local requirements to practice, be sure to read our other FAQs on this subject.

Remember as well to obtain insurance from the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

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What are the steps in the application and registration process?

If you visit our Program Registration page or the “Register Today!” section found on any of our massage program pages or individual course pages, it’s all spelled out for you there.

If you would like to be walked through the steps, we’re happy to do that with you over the phone or in person. Call us now. When would now be a great time to start your journey toward a career you love?;)

World School of Massage San Francisco: 415-221-2533

World School of Massage Pleasanton: 925-461-2533

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How do I apply for massage licensing in California?

If you choose to obtain licensing through the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), you will need to meet their education requirements and submit an application.

Here’s a link to CAMTC’s nifty application checklist.

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How do I obtain permission to practice massage?

Short Answer:
In the State of California there are two basic steps to obtaining permission to practice massage in a particular city or county:

Step 1) Meet Education Requirements/Certification: Meeting local or state-wide massage education requirements.

Step 2) Obtain Local Permits or Licenses: Meeting city/town/county business permit requirements.

Detailed Answer:
Step 1) Meet Education Requirements and/or Obtain Certification
The State of California has a centralized massage education certification organization named the CAMTC. If you meet their requirement to practice independently (500+ hours), you will then satisfy the education certification requirements for every locality (city/town/county) in the State. In other words, their certification meets all local government requirements for education certification.

Important: This does NOT mean that you need to have 500+ hours to start practicing massage independently, however. If your locality requires only 100 hours of massage education, as in the case of the City of San Francisco, you can meet their education requirements to practice with only that.

You may want to check your local education requirements if you want to start practicing massage while you are in school. We encourage students to start practicing massage with the public at the earliest possible opportunity. We also suggest that if you want to practice massage as a career, that you have at least 500 hours of training. Call one of our heart-centered admissions advisors to learn more. As of the writing of this, there is no requirement by the State of California to have 500 hours.

We expect that eventually, the State of California will move to override local government regulations for education but such a choice or time has not been made by the State according to the CAMTC.
Step 2) Obtain Your Business Permit or License:
Local governments want to […]

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Will World School give me credit for massage classes taken at another school?

We do love to recognize your previous studies. We do it often, generously and have done so for decades.

Exactly HOW we do it, however, is another matter which is fairly well regulated by the State and requires that we be very specific.  Because we want to be a clear as possible with you and at the same time avoid boring you with too much information please download our Catalog. Once there, go to the Table of Contents> General Information>Transfer of Credit. You’re just one click away from your answer.

Remember when we transfer your hours to our transcript for you, we are taking full responsibility for your education and abilities when reporting to certification agencies such as the CAMTC. As a result, our process for evaluating your skills and competency is carefully considered and detailed.

If you would like more information relevant to your situation, you can contact one of our considerate and thoughtful admissions advisors and they will walk you through our catalog and review your special needs and considerations.

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Will the hours I take at World School transfer to another school?

Here’s a paragraph straight from our catalog with wording as required by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education:
The transferability of credits you earn at World School is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the transcript(s) and certificate(s) of completion you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the transcript(s) and certificate(s) of completion that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending World School to determine if your transcript(s) or certificate(s) of completion will transfer.

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What’s the best way to determine if massage therapy career is a good fit for me? (IN-DEPTH ANSWER)

Here’s the in-depth answer to this question.

We’re so glad you are asking how to determine if a massage therapy career is a good fit for you. It deserves a book. That’s why our school founder and our quality improvement consultant is in the process of finishing up an extensive e-book on the subject: The Insider’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Massage Therapy School for You!

Although The Insider’s Guide focuses on finding a school that’s a fit for your values, a large section of The Insider’s Guide focuses on assisting you to determine if a massage therapy career is a good fit for you.
Be Thoughtful
We think it’s valuable to be thoughtful about the realities of a massage therapy career. We strongly encourage you to visit the member survey results from professional massage organizations such as the AMBP and the AMTA:

ABMP Massage Profession Metrics

AMTA 2013 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet

Now a few words about statistics. Remember what Mark Twain wrote about statistics: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Just because 85% of successful massage therapists are female, is not a valid reason for men to avoid a massage therapy career. Some of the greatest massage therapists in the world are men. Massage is a healing art, women are naturally more likely to gravitate to healing work.

Just because the average age of massage therapists is 45, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t attempt a massage therapy career if you are younger. The fact is, many people value contribution as they get older. If you are already there at a younger age, trust your intentions and remember that the drive to contribute is one of the keys to success in this field.

Just […]

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What’s the best way to determine if massage therapy is a good career for me? (SHORT ANSWER)

We’re so glad you are asking this question. It deserves a book. That’s why our school founder and our quality improvement consultant is in the process of finishing up an extensive e-book on the subject: The Insider’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Massage Therapy School for You! Ask us if we’ve published it yet. It’s just a few weeks away from the time of this writing (December 2013).

Although The Insider’s Guide focuses on finding a school that’s a fit for your values, a large section of The Insider’s Guide focuses on assisting you to determine if you are a good fit for this career.

In the meantime, we’ve written a FAQ response with a little more depth that you may consider helpful.


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Is the World School approved by the State of California?

Yes. World School of Massage & Holistic Healing Arts is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

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