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Massage Therapy Training

Train for a Career at CNI Massage Therapy School Located in Orange County

At CNI Massage Therapy School, students are introduced and exposed to a wide range of bodywork techniques and modalities including relaxation massage, therapeutic procedures, and sports massage among others.

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Massage Therapists in California.*

Massage Therapist Occupation Profile

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Preparation for your career as a massage therapist starts today by calling (888) 976-5120 or by filling out the form located in the upper right hand side of the page.

The CNI Massage Therapy School Advantage

  • Professional Massage Therapy Training Program Offering Day and Evening Classes
  • Self-Employment Opportunities, Flexible Hours, and Personally Satisfying Career*
  • Federal Financial Aid Available to Those Who Qualify
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)


The Massage Therapy Training Program is delivered in residence and is considered to be an entry-level program for a career in therapeutic massage. This program is designed to train the student in personal service and wellness massage. Massage is a non-specific systematic stroking, kneading and friction of the soft tissue of the body. Massage through its bodywork and related energy-based techniques can support effective body functions and thus benefit the healing process. It is not involved in the diagnosis of conditions or in the specific treatment process.

Job opportunities at the therapeutic level are found in massage clinics, cruise ships, corporate-stress reduction programs, private practice for stress reduction massage, and general stress reduction under close supervision of medical personnel such as physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists.

The length of the program is 900 clock hours, represented by 35.5 credit units. The clinical aspect of the program is ongoing throughout. The Massage Therapy program does not include an externship.

CNI College’s Massage Therapy Program is:

Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Approved by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)

Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

Join the Dynamic Field of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has become an important part of general health care for many people living in today’s stressful world; it is a career that brings depth and meaning to the lives of many. This profession has increased in consumer awareness and is positioned today at the cutting edge of the preventive and rehabilitative healthcare industry.

Our career college is structured to prepare students for professional careers as Certified Massage Therapists. Massage therapy plays an important role in treating illness or chronic ailments, and contributes to a higher sense of general well-being. At CNI Massage Therapy School, students gain knowledge and master the practical skills of a massage therapist. Students are prepared for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage to become a massage therapist. Massage Therapy is one of the most rapidly growing fields today with flexible schedules and great rewards. Begin to prepare for a career in massage therapy at CNI Massage Therapy School today!

The Massage Therapy School and Diploma Program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment as a massage therapist and/or to enter private practice. The technical portions of the program introduce a variety of massage therapy techniques to facilitate the graduate’s ability to address specific problem areas and concerns presented by the client.

Massage Therapy Techniques
Massage Therapy Techniques taught include:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Shiatsu Sports Massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Site-specific treatment techniques

Anatomy and physiology kinesiology, pathology, interpersonal communication skills, and clinic experience are incorporated to provide an integrated approach to learning the needed skills for competency in a professional massage practice. Business, marketing, advertising and presentation skills as well as professional boundaries and ethics are also covered.

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*CNI College does not guarantee employment.

**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public: private offices, studios, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, sports medicine facilities, airports, and shopping malls. Most massage therapists give massages in dimly lit settings, using candles or incenses. Sometimes soothing music is played. The lighting, smells and background music are meant to put the client at ease. On the other hand when visiting a client’s office a massage therapist may not have those amenities. The working conditions depend heavily on a therapist’s location and what the clients want. *source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics
Employment for massage therapists is expected to grow by 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations. As the interest in alternative medicines and holistic healing has increased so have the job opportunities for those skilled in massage therapy. Healthcare providers and medical insurance companies are beginning to recognize massage therapy as a legitimate treatment and preventative measure for several types of injuries and illnesses. Massage therapy’s growing acceptance as a medical tool will greatly increase employment opportunities. *source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics
Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage call modalities. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities. Massage therapists work by appointment. Before beginning a massage therapy session, therapists conduct an informal interview with the client to find out about the person’s medical history and desired results from the massage. Because massage therapists tend to specialize in only a few areas of massage, customers will often be referred or seek a therapist with a certain type of massage in mind.


Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Massage Therapist in California

Massage Therapist Occupation Profile

Would you enjoy a health care career that can allow you to help relieve stress and decrease pain in others? If so, the massage therapy training courses from CNI College could be the ideal choice for your post-secondary education. You can gain the necessary hands-on skills to perform a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Chair Massage, Hydrotherapy, Relaxation Massage, and Therapeutic Procedures. CNI Massage Therapy School can also provide you with the opportunity to gain real-life experience working with actual clients within the on-site student clinic and wellness center. In addition, you can receive training related to important business skills, such as marketing, advertising, and communication.

Massage Therapy Job Opportunities

Request more information today to find out how you can graduate ready to pursue entry-level massage therapist positions within a variety of settings, including massage clinics, health spas, resorts, cruise ships, corporate-stress reduction programs, private practices, physical therapy centers, and general stress reduction under close supervision of medical personnel such as physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists.

*CNI College does not guarantee employment.


  • CNI College Wellness Center Student Clinic enables students to combine formal education with related work experience
  • Prepares graduates for employment as a massage therapist in a private practice or with physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, health spas and physical therapists*
  • Flexible hours, work your own schedule*
  • Personally satisfying career*
  • Self-employment opportunities*

Course Review

Title Course Number Theory Lab Clinical Total Hours Credit Hours
Anatomy & Physiology MT 100 30 10 10 50 2
Pathology MT 110 30 10 10 50 2
MT Theory and Practice II (Swedish) MT 120 25 55 20 100 3.5
MT Theory and Practice I (Chair) MT 130 5 35 10 50 1.5
Professionalism & Ethics MT 140 40 0 10 50 3
Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology MT 200 70 10 20 100 5
MT Theory & Practice IV (Medical Massage) MT 210 20 60 20 100 3
Sports & Special Populations Massage MT 220 30 50 20 100 4
MT Practice III MT 300 60 0 15 75 4
Clinical Applications-I MT 310 0 20 5 25 1
Theory & Practice (Spa)  MT 320 30 40 17.5 87.5 3
Small Business Planning & Management MT 330 40 0 10 50 2.5
On-Site Clinical Applications MT 400 0 10 2.5 12.5 0
On-Site Clinical Applications II MT 400B 0 40 10 50 1
 TOTALS 380 340 180 900 35.5
PROGRAM TOTALS 380 340 180 900 35.5

Course Descriptions

The fundamentals of anatomy and physiology will be covered from the smallest unit (the atom) continuing through to the whole human organism. Emphasis is placed on understanding and identification of pathologies, and the indications and contraindications they present for massage. Information about nutrition, stress, exercise and lifestyle choices as they pertain to the holistic state of the anatomy and physiology of the human body is included.

The specific diseases are observed in the structure and function of the body. How they relate to indications and contraindications for massage and bodywork are covered and discussed. Students will complete a project in relation to a specific pathology assigned by the instructor that has direct applications to the massage field.

Students are introduced to the history, fundamental techniques, effects and appropriate uses of Swedish/Relaxation Massage. Emphasis is placed upon hygiene, draping, body mechanics of the therapist, and effective communication with the client. The concepts of rhythm, palpation, appropriateness of pace and pressure, joint mobilization and stretching are presented and practiced. Students will master and commit to memory a Full Body Therapeutic Massage sequence

Chair Massage theory and practical topics will be presented to prepare the student massage therapist for the experience of on-site chair massage. Appropriate body mechanics, hygiene and mastery of a 15 & 30 minute routine will be included. Student will be introduced to our off-site facilities and fulfill all requirements to participate in the practical rotation for chair massage

Local, state and national regulation of massage therapy is discussed, along with the issues of scope of practice, client consent and confidentiality. The ethical issues associated with massage as a health care modality are also covered. Intake procedures, informed consent, professional boundaries, and other aspects of the therapeutic relationship are discussed.

This massage therapy course provides an introduction to the skeletal, articular & muscular systems. The identification and location of bones and bony landmarks, the names, origins, insertions and actions of the muscles are all addressed. Using that information the biomechanics of the body are evaluated to increase the effectiveness of the student’s ability to assess pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.

Static and movement based assessment protocols are presented in order to develop and carry out effective treatment strategies. SOAP charting and medical terminology are used to record findings and client progress. Included in this material the student will be exposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine and related herbology, the fundamental concepts and treatment modalities based upon the energy system are presented. Basic Chinese medical theory, Qi, meridians, and yin/yang interrelationships are described. Styles of massage presented will include Lymph/Circulatory, Reflexology, Connective/Deep Tissue Styles, Shiatsu and Energy Work. Each style will be introduced to give the students extra tools to be more effective during client interaction, mastery of these techniques will come if the student decides to specialize in this practice and take continuing education after graduation.

Special Populations like those who have or are experiencing pregnancy, abuse, mental challenges, physical challenges, terminal illness, chronic illness, and others will be discussed and massage alternatives explored. Pre-event, post-event, and maintenance sports massage are demonstrated and practiced. Students are introduced to pathologies of the musculoskeletal system common among athletes and other workers. A kinesiological approach to understanding of dysfunctional movement and pain mechanisms is presented. Advanced techniques of addressing these syndromes, including specific deep tissue work, trigger point work, reciprocal inhibition, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation are covered. Each style will be introduced to give the students extra tools to be more effective during client interaction, mastery of these techniques will come if the student decides to specialize in this practice and take continuing education after graduation.

While completing a brief overview of the systems less critical to massage understanding, the instructor will incorporate techniques like Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Muscle Testing and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) to reinforce the understanding of the muscles and to encourage the students learning of the actions of the muscles. These techniques will increase the student’s ability to effectively treat more challenging ailments when clients present them.

While briefly reviewing the material covered in the other A&P classes, advanced methods for treating disorders commonly found within the population of clients seeking relief through massage therapy are presented. Such disorders include backache, headache, and neck pain. Possible underlying causes for these disorders, such as postural distortion and nerve compression by muscular tissue, are identified and discussed, as are the appropriate means and methods of treatment or referral of the client to another health care professional. Case Studies will be explained and evaluated to increase massage effectiveness for specific concerns.

This massage therapy course provides a brief look at the spa concept. Introducing the student to the many services offered in a variety of wellness environments to prepare them to pamper clients, and extend the scope of experiences the massage therapist can offer to ensure the client a return to balanced mind, body and spirit. Styles of treatments presented will include aromatherapy, variety of types of exfoliating treatments, Ayorvedic body treatments, body masques using a variety of products, stone massage, wraps, etc. Hydrotherapy and the inflammation response and the appropriate use of heat and cold for treatment and/or preparation of tissue for further work are explored. Stone Massage introduction and use of paraffin is included in this course. Each style will be introduced to give the students extra tools to be more effective during client interaction, mastery of these techniques will come if the student decides to specialize in this practice and take continuing education after graduation.

In this massage therapy course, students evaluate the costs and benefits of starting an independent massage therapy practice. They set realistic goals for the business, including projected income. Target markets and strategies for networking to create referrals are explored. Taxes, fees, promotional strategies and materials, cancellation policies, bookkeeping methods, office location and management, and record keeping are discussed in order to prepare the students to run a successful massage therapy practice. Students will complete a 5-year Business plan and present their massage therapy business in a student fair. Standard CPR and First Aid material is presented in this module and students practice techniques leading to a required certification for program completion.

This class in the massage therapy program provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned under supervision, in an actual work environment and prepare them for their first interview massage and MT position. This on-site clinical consists of field experience in an instructor assigned location. This term will include assigned days for wellness center/hospital volunteer/community outreach, and/or practical work the entire class. These applications are instructor directed required practicals the student will complete and have checked off to complete the assignment and overall program with a minimum of fifty total hours.

This massage therapy class provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned under supervision, in an actual work environment and prepare them for their first interview massage and MT position. This on-site clinical consists of field experience in an instructor assigned location. This term will include assigned days for wellness center/hospital volunteer/community outreach, and/or practical work the entire class. These applications are instructor directed required practicals the student will complete and have checked off to complete the assignment and overall program with a minimum of fifty total hours.


Valedictorian speech from Christine Siswoyo. She is a CNI College Massage Therapy graduate. Congratulations!

First of all, I want to say thank you to those who have touched our lives; to our families who have supported us through thick and thin; to our teachers who tried, and sometimes succeeded in instilling within us a passion for learning, to our administrators who sought to make our college experiences as great as possible; to our advisors who helped us choose the best path, to our friends who were there for study sessions and everything in between; and all the other people whose support and guidance upon which we have relied. Thanks to all the loving, kind people I have met during my time at CNI College. Without all of you, without each other, and without your support we would not be here.

When I began school, I was shy and lacked the skills to confidently communicate with others. But now I feel like a different person. I have learned so much about my field and myself. I feel like my younger self wouldn’t even recognize me at this point. I can only hope this passion for learning persists throughout my life. And I am sure that all of us can agree that life has a way of presenting each of us with new learning opportunities each and every day.

Many of us know, or at least think we know, the next step in our journey. That step includes the exciting beginning to a new career, and a new future. And, I think most of us will agree that CNI College was a fantastic place which prepared us for this adventure.

And so, CNI College class of 2013, congratulations to you all on your success and completing this first step on your new journey. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Christie Siswoyo

June 16th, 2009 – My name is Cheryl Fullerton and I am a Graduate Student as well as an Instructor at CNI. I graduated with Honors in July of 2005. All my life, I have been interested and curious about how the body functions and does what it does. I read books, followed various dietary habits, researched supplements, exercise programs, meditations and healing practices. I also found myself massaging my friends and family if they complained of any form of discomfort. Somehow I knew where the pain was and even with little knowledge, made them feel physically as well as emotionally better. This inspired me to look into Massage Therapy, as it seemed to encompass everything I was interested in. Even though going to Massage School had been on my mind for years, I finally made an appointment and filled out an application form to register as a student at CNI at the tender age of 38 years. My first day in class was exhilarating. We were already learning how to massage the entire body! I realized this was what I was supposed to do and had finally found who I really was. The next nine months were challenging. Going back to school after all those years was a daunting thought at first, but with perseverance, a good computer/printer and the passion of the teachers to share their knowledge, I was finally putting together my new lifestyle and career. The Teachers at CNI were all incredibly gifted, I was very lucky to be under their tutelage. The curriculum had every imaginable piece of information required to understand anatomy, different modalities and techniques as well as the business and marketing sides to aid us in becoming and be able to be the most successful Massage Therapists we could be. My last day of massage therapy school at CNI was a very sad one for me. I had become a Professional Massage Therapist; I’d made some incredible new friends and had amazing mentors to look up to. The time I had spent working so hard learning seemed to go by so quickly, I always wanted to return. I feel truly blessed to be teaching at CNI and am so happy to be back in school. I am passionate about sharing the knowledge and experiences of massage that I have encountered since leaving school and to send graduating students fully armed with confidence in their education to be the best massage therapists they can be. Please join us and welcome in your new and wonderful lifestyle and career!

CNI College, I had been looking for a career change for about a year. Massage Therapy had been an interest of mine for several years. So I finally made a decision to go back to school. I looked around the area for schools offering Massage Therapy programs and visited a couple to find out about the curriculum and facility. Although, there were a few massage therapy schools in the area, CNI had the nicest facility and staff and offered a longer program of 720 hours. I was a bit nervous at starting a new career path but everyone at CNI was very helpful and knowledgeable. The core classes gave me a solid foundation in Massage Therapy. I felt very confident in working in the onsite spa at CNI as well as outside in the “real world”. Knowing the various massage techniques and anatomy has helped me advance in my massage therapy career. I’m able to speak to chiropractors, physical therapists and clients in detail about injuries and treatment plans. One of my favorite classes was the business course. Having to create a business plan in this massage therapy course gave me a goal to pursue in my career. It has also helped me navigate through working as a W2 employee and a contract employee. The Career Center was a tremendous asset. One of my first jobs came from a lead at the Career Center. I’ve held various positions in the several years since attending CNI, working for spas and chiropractors. I enjoy working with other professionals to help clients find stress relief and live a better life.

CNI College, One of the greatest things about Career Network Institute Massage Therapy Program is the opportunity to work in a “real world setting.” The “Wellness Center” gives students a chance to gain experience working with clients while still being in a nurturing and educational environment. The “Wellness Center” gives you the ability to practice the amazing hands on skills you have learned in the classroom and work directly with real clients from all walks of life. One day you might be giving a relaxing Swedish Massage to a school teacher and the next day you might be giving a doctor a Deep Tissue Massage. No matter who comes through the door, or what type of technique they request, you feel comfortable and confident knowing that there is an experienced and caring instructor nearby. The “Wellness Center” is just one of the many invaluable resources that set Career Network Institute apart from all other schools. The Career Network Institute Massage Therapy Program also has an amazing curriculum that spans the gamut of massage modalities. You are exposed to modalities like Shiatsu, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone and Sports Massage, just to name a few! There is nothing like the excitement of learning a new technique and at Career Network Institute everyday you are excited because you are learning something new. I gained the confidence and experience I needed to be a successful massage therapist thanks to the Career Network Institute Massage Therapy Program!

It has been almost 7 years since I graduated from CNI with a Diploma in Massage Therapy. Little did I know how wonderful the Massage Therapy program at CNI was until I started working! I have worked with some very bright and talented people but what I found was many of them did not get the same quality of schooling as I did. You would not believe the horror stories I have heard. Schools with no supplies, old text books, unqualified instructors who have no ethics and administration that are just out there to make the quick buck. CNI provides students with qualified instructors, textbooks that are up to date and are willing to work with students on financial aid and job placement. They encourage all of their students, including me, to be the best they can. For example, I was honest with my instructors regarding my learning disability and my history of testing poorly. With this information, the instructors were able to help me with different ways of studying and provide me with test taking skills. This really helped build my self confidence. The instructors at CNI encouraged me to take the Nationals test right when I graduate so that I would still have things fresh in my mind. The day I went to take my test I used everything I could to help with memory and recall. I truly was shocked when they told me that I passed the National Exam. Since graduating, I have maintained my National Certification and have worked for a chiropractor, a few day spas, several high end spas, became a spa manager and now I am a teacher of Massage Therapy at a college outside of Orange County. Let me tell you there are lots of schools out there offering Massage Therapy but there are not many schools that have a solid curriculum as CNI nor do they have staff that supports their teachers and their students. I feel that CNI truly cares for their students, staff and reputation. The massage therapy program at CNI prepared me for my career as a Massage Therapist and now a teacher of Massage Therapy. The massage therapy program at CNI has a knowledgeable, fair and diplomatic Program Director in Ms. Kelee Eiselein and I know she looks out for the well being of each student, while maintaining the wonderful reputation and the quality of students that CNI produces. In my 7 years I have recommended CNI to several people in Orange County because I know that each student will get their money’s worth and will walk away with a fabulous education and a wonderful career.

Lisa Anderson is one of the CNI students that have provided massage therapy to our staff at St. Joseph Hospital. We have received many compliments regarding Lisa. She has shown professionalism with her skills, techniques and friendliness, as well as being a very pleasant person. We have been grateful to have Lisa Anderson as one of the onsite massage therapist for our staff.

On behalf of the nurses of Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange, I would like to extend our appreciation for your time and support during our 2005 Nurses Week Celebration. This year’s celebration was a big success and each of you contributed. The massages were very well received and greatly appreciated by our nursing staff. We look forward to a continued positive relationship with your administrators, educators, and students. Again, thank you for all that you do to make Saint Joseph Hospital the hospital of choice for patients, families and employees.

Dear Students and Staff, The staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Oncology unit, would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the massage therapy students who graciously apply their therapeutic techniques to enhance our well being. The massage therapy provided by the students at CNI have helped us to maintain our stamina in our long busy days, and the students provide this therapy in a timely and professional manner. Some of our physicians and ancillary staff have also taken advantage of this wonderful benefit, which has made our healing room the buzz of the hospital. Our heartfelt gratitude (the heart is a muscle too!) to all the students who come to our unit for this very special care.


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