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Developing a Wellness Center

3 CE Hours - E450

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Launching and growing a successful solo or group practice can be a daunting task, unless you have a guide to help you actualize your vision. In this course, you will learn about creating your plan, locating an appropriate site, negotiating with a landlord, hiring support staff, finding and working with like-minded practitioners, and successfully developing your own wellness center.

Featured Reviews

This was a good strating place for me. It helped me overcome my fears to launch my business so I can step out and help my community to have a healthier lifestyle.

- Carie C. Rusche, LMT, AMTA

As a current establishment owner and therapist, I found this course helpful for our next phase of growth into a Wellness Center. A great refresher for my business plan. I especially liked the section on location/finding a space and the checklist associated with. Kudos on the program.

- Eva Goldyn, LMT

I found that it gave me new insights as to how I could set up my plans for a wellness center. I liked the fact that it stressed how I could work as preventative health educator for my community, which I view as a very important role in society.

- L. Mahabee, LMT, NCTMB

OH MY GOODNESS! I am so inspired! I have always wanted my own spa and this helped me get an idea of what that would require. Very interesting and hopefully in five years I will be able to put this info to use.

- L. Jones, LMT

Very well written. Sure seems like a lot of research and time was taken to write this course. Easy to understand contents and author's intent. Bravo! I really enjoyed this course. I learned a lot of new insights into opening my own spa - which I have been contemplating for a while now.

- C. Kurilla, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I appreciate the author's view point as he blended the practical, objective and logistical approach with a heart centered framework as well.

- Soteria Spyridakos, LMT

This course was well organized and straight forwardt. A good basic knowledge of the beginning steps and processes needed to help start or expand your business.

- Emma Funk, LMT

Great foundation for all business owners. I would recommend this class for anyone interested in starting a business. Easy to understand and great business checklist.

- Courtney Matthews, LMT

Great course for Practioners who are venturing to open a Massage Practice or Wellness Center.

- Marla Edmonds, LMT

Excellent and very detailed information!

- Marilyn Mathews, LMBT

This course was very informative. Highly recommend this course before opening a spa or wellness center to gain more knowledge of industry.

- June Luff, CMT, BCTMB

I thought this was really helpful and definitely helped me create a vision for my center.

- Sarah Lucas, LMT

I really enjoyed this module. I learned a lot.

- Elizabeth Schalk, LMT

Great course to help identify if this is really the avenue someone should take in their practice.

- Lisa Rebaglia, LMT

Good introduction course for someone who is thinking about starting their own business. I enjoyed this course and felt it was very direct.

- Catherine Jasien, LMT

Well written and very informative.

- Mary Beth Packard, LMT

The content was an easy read and held my attention. It gave excellent suggestions and even offered a couple of useful resources.

- Asher Johnson, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Great course. It helped me understand more of the specifics to starting a Wellness Clinic versus my small business class in college.

- Joshua Smith, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Good test. To the point and easy to follow with easily understood information.

- Chandra Smith, LMT

Great course, thanks!

- Angela McGill, LMT

Very helpful info!

- Doreen Miller, LMT, NCTMB

Good info. It generates some good ideas.

- Kristin Williams, LMT

Helped me to refresh all I learned about business. Thanks

- Maria D. Cortes, LMT

Some helpful information.

- Teresa Larsen, RMT

This course was very interesting and covered all the basics.

- Andi Manos Fulena, LMT

I found the information very informative and will be applying it towards my future practice. Thank You!

- Inger Purifory, LMT

It was valuable to me to convince me once and for all that I need to keep my practice very, very small. I thought it was put together very well. I like the added inspirational quotes.

- Judy Ard, LMT

Gave me a starting point in planning my wellness center. Thanks!

- Dondi Gasper, LMT, NCTMB

This class was very informative. Thank You.

- Lisa Dennison, LMT

Fantastic course.

- Pamela Mabry, LMT

Loved this course!

- Pamela LaScola, LMT

Good course.

- Leonor Silva, LMT

Material was well presented.

- Jane Rubinstein, LMT

Course was thorough and well conveyed. I realize that developing a wellness center would not be as simple as I thought it would be. Thanks for the information.

- Carol Singleton, LMT

Great course.

- Nathan Trainor, CMT

Excellent course for someone expanding their business or starting a new business.

- E. Fontenot, LMT

Good practical, useful information for anyone interested in a potential wellness center.

- A. Surrena, NCTMB

I found this course to be very informative. It really opened my eyes to how much is involved in starting a business.

- A. J. Rawlings, LMT, NCTMB

Great course. I've been in business for years and I am considering expanding into a wellness center so this course was a great way to organize my thoughts and plans.

- N. Cramer, LMT, NCTMB


  • Manual - 38 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.


Ralph Napolitano, LMT

Ralph Napolitano, LMT

Original founder of the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, Ralph graduated from The Swedish Institute, New York in 1981. A New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, Ralph was also the associate producer and host of the Holistic Health and Wellness and Natural Wellness programs in White Plains, NY, the creator of the Loving Pregnancy Massage video and author of the Healing Energy & Touch course manual.

Ralph has also authored and co-authored additional courses with the Institute including Developing a Wellness Center, Prenatal Massage Fundamentals, Infectious Disease: HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease: Hepatitis, Medical Errors, Ethics: Therapeutic Relationships, Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Ethics: Practice Management.

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