Build Your Massage Practice


3 CE Hours


Whether you are in private practice or working for someone else, there are some basic requirements and concepts that will help you to do well. While being skilled in the various techniques and modalities of massage therapy is important, it is also very important to know what is required of you if you need financing, want to file for insurance reimbursement, have to pay your own income taxes or intend to grow beyond a private practice. Learning about the importance of creating a business plan, maintaining accurate client records, paying taxes and thinking about the future are all vital for a successful career in this competitive profession.

Equally valuable to new graduates of massage school as well as those who have been out in the field for a while, this course will introduce you to:

  • basic business structures
  • vision statement development
  • simple business plan development
  • costs involved in starting a business
  • insurance options
  • legal requirements
  • record keeping
  • marketing
  • options to consider for a future in the profession of massage therapy

Course Reviews

Shauna Bunch, LMT

This flow of this course is awesome! As a massage therapist starting my own practice, this course really gave me a good checklist of stuff I wasn't aware of before. I'm hard to please, but I give it a 10/10.

P. England, LMT, NCTMB

This course is well written - concise and relevant topics. Informaton flows well. Questions create contemplation and several times I returned to the material for guidance.

Sue Page, LMT, NCTMB

I had been struggling with marketing and defining my role as an independent contractor in my current office. I am now moving my practice and this came in handy with this move, I am starting a new practice with clear boundaries and great marketing ideas. Love this class!

Annette Schuster, LMT

Although I have been in practice for several years, it was a good review for me as I going to expand my practice this next year. Information regarding the Business Plan was helpful so I can prepare for obtaining a small busines loan.

Karen Geer, LMT

I thought the course was very enlightening. It refreshed my memory on some of the areas that I learned while in school and added extra insight to others I was not familiar with. This was my first course and I will be taking others to broaden my career options. Thank you.

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  • Manual - 23 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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