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As a prospective student at our massage therapist school, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

State of California Consumer Information

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.

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review our catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet for each of the programs offered at World School: California Massage Therapist, California Massage Practitioner, Energy Healing and Somatics, Holistic Health and Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Health and Wellness Leadership, Massage Practitioner Chinese, Massage Therapist Chinese, and Teaching, Training and Coaching, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are welcome to read World School’s Annual Report as well.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the school may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

World School of Massage & Holistic Healing Arts has never filed a bankruptcy petition, operated as a debtor in possession or had a petition of bankruptcy filed against it under federal law.

World School of Massage & Holistic Healing Arts does not participate in federal or state financial aid programs.

World School of Massage & Holistic Healing Arts is not accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), and this Institution’s students are not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

Program Fliers

We encourage you to read our massage therapy school fliers for your program of interest.


The Master Bodyworker Program combines the CMP/CMT and Energy and Somatic Massage (ESM) Programs.

The Holistic Health and Wellness Program combines the Master Bodyworker Program (CMP/CMT+ESM) and the Holistic Life Coach Program (HLC).

About the FAQs

We’re aware that our list of massage therapist school FAQs may not be the rosetta stone to all your frequently asked questions, yet we hope you find it helpful.

For all your other curiously curious questions, our big-hearted admissions advisors would love to answer them for you. Call now!

The lengthy list of questions that you see below can be sorted by clicking on any of the subject headings in the line below.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. We have even created a “design your own” program option for those who want maximum flexibility.
  4. 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 up for a program from the start is that reflects your unedited and most inspired dreams.

Finally, in practical terms, it may cost less on a per credit hour basis to sign up for programs rather than taking one course at a time. We have also built into our tuition and financing plan slight incentives that make it more affordable to sign up for the more comprehensive programs.

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.

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 job hunting skills to preparing for a massage “practical” interview to how to communicate authentically and “from your heart,” we will show you the secrets of getting your first massage job.

And did you know that according to the ABMP 78.9 percent of all massage therapists are independent practitioners? We think employment is a great short-term option for you if you have little customer service experience or would like to explore what it’s like to work in a spa, sports or cruise ship environment. Just remember that you will want to graduate to private practice before long. And that’s one of the many reasons why we have been providing extensive business training aimed a private practice for decades.

Private Practice Massage Business Training

World School is the only school in the Bay Area that we know of which has offered specialized training courses for students to start their own private practice for more than a decade; other schools just got started if they are doing it at all. This is critical because private practice is a wiser financial model for the vast majority of massage therapists.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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 have massage therapists registered if they are working in their town or city. Additionally, if you are seeking employment at a spa or chiropractors office, they will need you to have obtained a permit for that town/city in which the spa or office is located.

All you will need to do is call your local city/town government and ask to speak with someone in the department that regulates massage. Ask them about their education requirements and their permitting process. Most commonly, you will obtain a low-cost permit or license through the Department of Health (as in the City of San Francisco) or through the Police Department.

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.

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.

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 because 77.9% are independent practitioners doesn’t mean that you should avoid a massage therapy career if you want to learn massage to get a job. A massage job is a great way to“get your feet wet” in the field and discover what aspects of the massage therapy career you enjoy the most.

Explore and Test Your Interests in a Massage Therapy Career

In very practical terms, we also encourage you to do the following:

Interview two or three massage therapists who have been practicing for at least 7-10 years. It’s important that you speak to people who are in private practice and who have been able to be successful for many years because there’s a significant sorting out period for massage therapists in their early years in of a massage therapy career, particularly therapists who are employed rather than in private practice and who are under the age of 30.

Receive massage from experienced students in a student massage clinic at a school you are interested in attending.

Start with a class or a small program to “get your feet wet” and see if you enjoy contributing to others in the ways that massage affords. At World School we offer an Introduction to Healing course so that people can test whether our perspectives and values and approaches are a good fit for them.

Find the Best School For You

The quality of your education deeply influences your experience and development of your massage therapy career.

Since the federal government started the practice of giving loans and grants to massage schools to prop up national employment statistics, a lot of shenanigans has been introduced into the field of massage therapy career education.

What used to be a field with small “proprietary” schools focusing on great education has become one with a growing population of corporate and trade schools that have, in the great majority of cases, diminished the overall quality of education available to students.

This is why it’s important that you understand the differences between an education from a proprietary massage school, a corporate massage school and trade schools.

World School is a proprietary massage school. We encourage you to explore other types of schools and see what you prefer.

Also, be sure to take the time to read as well our School Performance Fact Sheet (our Admissions Advisors will give you one before registration) and see how our massage therapists are doing in the field. Ask us questions about these performance statistics.

Values and Attitudes for a Massage Therapy Career

Massage is a values-driven career for most. Here’s something that ABMP has written about massage therapists that may be helpful in your process:

Attitudes Toward Employment

The vast majority of massage therapists are independent practitioners (77.9%). Almost half of massage therapists earn income from another job in addition to their massage practice. Massage therapy is often a second or third career.

Many cite lack of fulfillment in previous careers, and a desire to be their own boss, as reasons for choosing a career in massage therapy and bodywork. They may have left other careers to pursue the opportunity to help people on a one-to-one basis. Practitioners report they are motivated by a genuine desire to improve the health and wellbeing of clients.

Practitioners often see themselves less as business people and more as individuals with a calling or mission. Research suggests many are hesitant to embrace aggressive, sustained marketing tactics.

With a median of 12 hours a week spent in direct contact with clients, the independent practitioner spends many additional hours weekly on administrative or other business tasks: maintaining the massage room, ordering supplies, returning phone calls, keeping books, promoting the practice, and other aspects of running a business.

That said, we encourage you to find a fit between your values and the type of school you are considering attending.

World School of Massage San Francisco is a healing massage school rather than a school that trains massage technicians to perform a procedure on someone—such as you will find with most trade schools and corporate massage schools.

If contribution and facilitating healing is important to you, than we are likely a very good fit for you. And because therapists who work in the field for more than 10 years all know that the work you do on yourself emotionally and spiritually profoundly affects your ability to contribute to others, if you are open to self-healing an personal transformation, than we are likely a very good fit for you as well.

Attributes of Massage Therapy Career Success

To be successful on the business side of the career, Monica Rosenberry, author of “Marketing Massage” shares that after hundreds of interviews of successful and unsuccessful therapists, she believes that the following four attributes are key to success in having a successful private practice:

 #1: A Desire to Serve

#2. The Commitment to Succeed

#3. A Strong Emphasis on Professionalism

#4. A Commitment to Excellent Customer Service

We believe that Monica is on to something really valuable here. For decades we have been teaching students how to embody these qualities in their lives.

A Few More Considerations About a Massage Therapy Career

One of the great realities of life that many people resist is the fact that everyone is amazingly unique. We live in a mass consciousness society that wants people to conform to standards. Yet as an individual, only you can know if a massage therapy career is a good fit for you.

This also means that no one else can determine what’s best for you despite their belief that they can. You neither serve yourself nor others by avoiding what makes your heart sing or by complying with others in an attempt to please them.

Steve Jobs said it well:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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.


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.

Certification, licensure, accreditation and business permits…oh my, that’s a lot to try to process. We’ll do our best to get you started here especially as it relates to what you need to get started in your massage career.

Certification or licensure (not accreditation) is what you will need to ensure that you can practice massage lawfully in a given state.

To qualify for massage certification, you will need to attend a massage school approved to operate by a given state and then use those hours to apply to a third-party organization approved to provide “certification.” Schools cannot certify, license or accredit you. Only third-party or state organizations can do that. Schools can neither “certify” anyone, nor can they “accredit” or “license” anyone.

In practical terms for the student, “accreditation” means a school has qualified for federal financial aid, mainly for people who have never been to college. Sadly, many students graduate from these institutions (mainly trade schools and corporate massage schools) with huge student loan burdens that sabotage their ability to get their career off the ground.

One of the reasons for this is because the Federal government requires that to receive federal funding, students must attend a program of at least 920 hours. This is unfortunate because in many states such as California, 250 hours is all that is needed to get started practicing and determine if this is a career with which you are fully aligned.

World School has chosen to remain modestly sized and to avoid Federal accreditation. This allows us to offer you a highly personalized education which prevents large class sizes (healing training needs to be more of a mentoring process than a large group experience), while taking a wide detour around the “for-profit” education mentality and the loan burden that comes with attending an accredited school. We’ve even created a better way to finance your education; a truly holistic path that can help you graduate debt-free. To learn more, call one of our delightful admissions advisors today.

If you miss a day of class we will work with you to make it up the next time it is offered at either campus.

If the day of class that you miss is part of a larger program, you are allowed to miss a certain number of classes within each program and still receive your certificate of completion. The amount you can miss varies based on the program and is covered in orientation and our catalog.

For more details on a particular program, please contact one of our extraordinary admissions advisors. We love to answer your questions.
San Francisco Massage School: 415-221-2533
Pleasanton Massage School: 925-461-2533

It’s different for each class and, especially in the case of books, because we are constantly and continuously updating and improving our book lists. We’re committed to continuous evolution of our curriculum rather than creating static courses that always look the same. This is because we want you to have the most up to date information possible on every subject taught here. If you are enrolled in a program, this question will be answered during orientation. If not, please contact our Student Coordinator at the location of your course.

It’s different for each class. If you are enrolled in a program, this question will be answered during orientation. If not, please contact our Student Coordinator at the location of your course.

Please see the course schedule for the specific course in question. This can be found on the page of the course you’re interested in.

In general, core bodywork courses are offered once every quarter at each location. Other courses are typically offered about two to three times a year at each location.

Sure. Just contact one of our cheerful admissions advisors for the exact hours. We do strongly recommend you speak to one of our helpful admissions advisors to confirm what you will specifically be missing by doing so.

Yes, our courses accepted for CEU certification hours by California’s certification body the CAMTC.

This is a very valuable question. We’re thrilled you asked. World School began innovating in the specialty area of body mechanics over 30 years ago. This is in part because we want you to have a healthy, long and prosperous career. Healthy and optimum body mechanics is one of the keys to ensuring longevity while also avoiding injury.

If you are practicing optimum body mechanics, you should always feel better after conducting a massage session. Sadly, many massage therapists have come to World School because they were never taught body mechanics well, if at all at their massage school. They had become incapable of continuing in their career due to physical pain from repetitive physical stress or injury. For many of these people, by learning optimum body mechanics, they were able to heal their physical issues and pursue their career again.

How We Teach It

We teach optimum massage mechanics throughout many of our courses because every massage modality has unique issues related to body mechanics that need to be addressed. This is why we have always avoided one simplistic course in body mechanics as is taught in some schools. A single course doesn’t make sense to us. In virtually every case it reflects a superficial understanding of body mechanics. Body mechanics is a global issue that needs to be attended to in every bodywork course.

“Homeplay” at World School is the activity formerly known to you as “homework.” We call it “homeplay” because we want you to create new and more enjoyable associations with your class assignments.

Yes, there is homeplay associated with many classes here and what you will be asked to complete varies by class. The amount of time you have to complete a home play assignment varies by assignment and the date that your class completes. We also hold an expectation that you will complete your home play as you go.

Most importantly, we just want you to have fun with all this. Fear isn’t a sustainable motivator, enjoyment and play and fun is. Are you open to having fun?

Yes, our courses are accepted by California’s certification body the CAMTCFor people who love detail…

World School offers rolling admissions which is very convenient compared to a semester schedule. This means that you can take advantage of one or two start times any month.

Courses can be taken in any order (with some minor exceptions). In other words, you can start any time we have courses offered. You can even take courses at either campus. How cool is that?

For specific start dates any given program, please see the tab marked “Step 2) CHOOSE a Start Date” on “Register Today! 4 Eeeeasy Steps to a Career You Love!” on this very page or on our Program Registration page.

You can speed up your coursework by taking more classes more frequently and/or attending one of our full-time, brief “intensives.” You can even attend courses on both campuses if you want to be really speedy.

If speed is important to you, be sure to inquire with one of our enjoyable admissions advisors about our next intensives at the campus of your choice and develop a personalized plan for rapid completion.

Our programs have been designed for decades to be taken part-time; about 10-20 hours per week. This pace provides time for you to integrate your learning and physical skill development as well as your personal transformation which is a natural outgrowth of courses at World School. We have a deep commitment to self-healing as a basis for contributing to others. It’s what works now and always has.

How long a given program takes depends mainly upon how much time you want to dedicate to the program and the length of the program. You can attend part-time or full time. Any of our program comparison tables or program summaries will tell you how long the program is expected to take on a part-time, 12-20 hour per week basis.

The fact is, very, very few students have the ability to pay for their education on their own when they first have the desire to start healing massage school. Yet they find a way based in one part on the ways that we’ve found to support you and in another part on the depth of their desire–which has a way of moving mountains.

We are committed that you find a way to graduate debt-free even if you cannot yet pay for your education at the start.

Please visit us and meet with one of our magical financial wizards (we call them our admissions advisors) to learn how our students have found a way to graduate debt-free. We think you will be surprised at how easy and possible it is for you to afford a career you love.

Yes. People move here from all over the world. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most beautiful places in the world in which to live.

In practical terms, students and others share with us housing opportunities on a regular basis and we are glad to share that information with you as well as important information about how students find housing and what kinds of opportunities work best for students in our area.

Yes, students from over 30 countries have come to the World School.  This school has authorization under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Intensives are either a course held over a very short period of time such as a weekend or a series of courses held over one or a few weeks. A program involves multiple courses typically held over a longer period of time and usually involves more hours.

Intensives are a great way to get started in a career more quickly or to test your level of interest and enjoyment of massage as a career. Additionally, many people do attend our intensives for personal development–this is a great use of an intensive. Massage training moves us out of our analytical left-brain orientation into an integrated left-and right brain lifestyle. Many people take an intensive to get started earning money and then take more hours by adding on individual courses over time.

If your goal is a career in massage therapy, you will want to eventually complete a full program of at least 500 hours to ensure you possess the skills and training necessary to have a sustainable massage practice and satisfy requirements for practice in many states.


A lasting, successful career in the massage, health and wellness field takes much more than a few massage courses. It takes a broad spectrum of training–

  • from communication and empathy skills that create lasting relationships,
  • to entrepreneurship skills that build a prosperous private practice,
  • to excellence in your healing skills that produce client results,
  • to healthy living, self-healing, and personal development that sustain your passion for what you do.

This wide array of skills and abilities is what we have been supporting our students do successfully for over 30 years.

Our San Francisco massage school programs have been at the forefront of holistic health education for more than 30 years.

Of course our programs are designed to ensure that you meet requirements for local, state and national agencies.

And of course, we’re committed that you have great technical skills. In fact, we’re known for being innovators in the massage field: from body mechanics to the healing communication, trauma release, stress management and more.

Yet, no one in the field of healing massage  professional would suggest that’s all you need. Every healing massage professional you ever meet who has been in the healing massage field more than ten years will tell you that the work you do on yourself is key to facilitating healing for others.

What World School provides you is a lifestyle of healing and transformation. We offer you the ability to heal and transform yourself and make that the foundation for facilitating healing for others. Healer, heal yourself first and choose from over 50 courses in

  • Eastern and Western Energy healing
  • Somatic (mind-body) therapeutics
  • Self-healing
  • Entrepreneurship and business
  • Relationship, empathy and communication
  • Stress management
  • Leadership and teacher training
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Nutrition and fitness lifestyle training

A therapist, practitioner, educator, or coach who has completed the World School’s extensive personal and professional development training is equipped to create outstanding results for clients, and a successful, lasting career for themselves.

Yes, absolutely. You may combine courses from different programs into one suited to your unique desires and needs. We’re huge fans of individuality.

Absolutely, most people do.

Most all of our massage classes can be taken individually. Some prerequisites may apply. Call one of our caring admissions advisors with further questions.

Virtually anytime! World School programs run on a rolling admission schedule, with many start dates monthly.


Our programs are designed to accommodate varying schedules, offering evening, weekend and daytime classes full or part-time and intensives. Please contact one of our authentic admissions advisors at the campus of your interest for the latest schedule.