FAQs: Massage Programs

Let’s Get Curious

We love curiosity and want to be able to answer all your questions about a particular massage program or our programs in general. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about our massage therapy program.

We’ve also prepared a World School General FAQs page (Frequently Asked Question) that we encourage you to check out as well.

The fact is, very, very few students have the ability to pay for their education on their own, yet they find a way based in part on the ways we have to support you.

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 from your massage therapy program debt-free. We think you will be surprised at how easy and possible it is for you to afford a career you love.

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 your massage program part-time or full time. Any of our massage therapy 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.
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 visit our Massage Classes page and explore the section entitled: Massage Classes by Program.

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

Comprehensive program or short massage 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 massage therapy 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 massage programs.

Our massage 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.
Our massage 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.
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.

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 body 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 massage 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?