Program Description:

The massage therapy 900 course of study consists of 900 clocked hours prepare you to take the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) Certification.

Massage therapists use touch to treat clients’ injuries and to promote general wellness. They use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massage therapists may use lotions and oils and massage tables or chairs, when treating a client. A massage can be as short as 5–10 minutes or could last more than an hour.

Client getting relaxing kneading massage from professional massage therapist

Therapists talk with clients about what they hope to achieve through massage. Some massage therapists suggest personalized treatment plans for their clients. They also may offer clients information about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions. Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques. Graduates of the 900 hour Massage Therapy Training program are proficient in various massage modalities such as Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Therapy. The additional business classes, science classes and clinical experience equip graduates with the skills they need to work in the rapidly-growing industry of massage therapy.

Hot stone massage b professional massage therapist

Cosmotek College Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a Massage Therapist. Upon completion of our Massage Therapy program, you will gain in–depth educational skills that increase your knowledge and develop specialized techniques of massage; you will have all the tools you need to succeed as a certified Massage Therapist. The course is designed to prepare students to take on a rewarding career as a highly competitive professional in the massage industry.

Educational Goals:

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
  • Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
  • Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
  • Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture
  • Document client’s condition and progress
  • Gain skills in Western massage modalities as well as Eastern modalities
Diagram of foot reflexology


Upon graduations, students will seek employment as professional massage therapists working in spas, clinics, chiropractic offices, massage clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices or sporting clubs.

"Become a highly trained and qualified massage therapist at Cosmotek College. Affordable tuition, financial aid, and flexible schedule"
Happy, satisfied woman refreshed from scented candles and incese provided by professional massage therapist

Instructional Resources:

PC, Notebook, Pens and pencils, internet access, massage table, massage chair, massage oils
Text Book: Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage
Publisher: Milady ISBN: 13-978-1-4354-8524-2
Authors: Makr F. Beck

Course Content: 900 clock hours

Prerequisite: None

Massage Therapy 900 - Topics and Required Clocked Hours
Subjects Hours
Anatomy and Physiology 70
Health and Hygiene 20
Massage Practice, Contraindications 100
Business Practices and Ethics 20
Aromatherapy 40
Acupressure 40
Deep Tissue 60
Energy Massage 40
Foot Reflexology 40
Hands-On Experience 100
Hot Stone Massage 30
Kinesiology 40
Lymphatic Massage 20
Pathology 20
Myofascial Therapies 40
Pregnancy Massage 20
Rocking and Shaking 20
Shiatsu 20
Sports Massage 30
Swedish 40
Thai Massage 40
Traditional Chinese Medicine 40

Subject Definition:

Anatomy and Physiology

This topic will cover learning objectives, human anatomy and physiology and special senses.

Health and Hygiene

This topic will teach stress management, human relationships, universal precautions, sanitary conditions, personal hygiene, therapeutic exercise, first aid and CPR,.

Massage Practice & Contraindications

This topic will cover:

  • Learning objectives
  • Effects, benefits, indications, and contraindications of massage
  • Equipment and products
  • Sanitary and safety practices
  • Consultation and documentation
  • Classical massage movements
  • Application of massage technique
  • Procedures for complete body massages

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massage in the spa setting
  • Clinical massage techniques
  • Lymph massage
  • Therapeutic procedure
  • Athletic/sports massage
  • Massage for special populations
  • Massage in medicine
  • Other somatic therapies

Massage Techniques

This topic will cover Swedish massage, deep tissue, reflexology, chair massage, sport massage, Shiatsu, and acupressure techniques.

Business Practices

We place a strong emphasis on the learning of business and professional skills. A set of guides to the Code of Ethics to professional conduct of massage therapist will be discussed in the class. Want to know how to become a massage therapist in California? Out-of-state? We will teach you how.


The use of pure essential oils (from various plants) in a massage to enhance relaxation or attain other benefits such as skin quality improvement.


The application of light pressure with fingers on special points on the body to enhance health or lesson problem-these are the same pints as used in acupuncture

Deep Tissue

Work that focuses on the various deep layers of body tissue, often applied to long-term problem areas

Energy Massage

Techniques to balance the body’s energy, founded on scientific information about the body as an electro-magnetic field

Foot Reflexology

A relaxing foot massage that is said to address the whole body since areas of the foot “reflect” conditions/areas of the entire body

Hands-On Experience

Hands-on practice with nominal paid clients at Trinh College’s clinic

Hot Stone Massage

The application of warm stones to the body, either in a stationary position, or used as “gliding tools” along with oil


Another name for anatomy, this is the study of the body’s movement and of specific muscles in detail

Lymphatic Massage

Deep massage work that flushes toxins out of the body


The study of illnesses or abnormal bodily conditions

Myofascial Therapies

Myo-fascial Therapies includes advanced techniques designed for solving problems in each major area of the body: neck, shoulders, back, etc

Pregnancy Massage

Massage that takes into account the special needs, such as body positioning and cautions, of a pregnant woman

Rocking and Shaking

Keep the body in a continuous rocking motion to release tight muscles and loosen joints


A style of work originating in Japan that uses finger pressure and stretches for body relaxation; done on a floor mat without the use of oil

Sports Massage

Techniques particular to athletes and highly active people, used to assist them in enhanced performance and quicker recovery from injury


A popular style of oil massage that uses moves, such as long gliding strokes, that are aimed at relaxation and increased physical well-being

Thai Massage

The traditional massage of Thailand that focuses on yogic-type stretches

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The ancient system that sees the body from an “energy” point of view and forms the basis for acupuncture.