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Are you ready to help people for a living? Some people wonder, “What is massage therapy, and how can it help me feel better?” Through our massage therapy training, you can gain the skills to help people improve their physical health and mental well-being.

As part of our massage therapy courses in Texas, you will learn from experienced industry professionals and receive hands-on training to prepare you for practicing Swedish massage, hydrotherapy, and other clinical techniques.

Training to Become a Massage Therapist

STVT’s Professional Massage Therapy training program is designed to prepare students for a massage therapy career that integrates theory, technique, anatomy and physiology, practical experience, and professional development. 

Our massage therapy school focuses on the knowledge employers may be looking for, while emphasizing health and safety. Our classes focus on core massage therapist skills, which are solidified through an internship. Students will cover such topics as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Swedish Massage
  • Regional Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical Massage
  • Business and Ethics
  • Health and Hygiene

What Does a Massage Therapist Do?

Massage therapist duties vary based on the environment and the client’s specific needs. 

While each massage session is unique, STVT’s program focuses on a broad-based education, setting up students for success no matter where they work.

Swedish Massage

This commonly used massage specialization focuses on relieving muscle tension through specific techniques and motions, sometimes called Swedish gymnastics. Aromatherapy is often combined with these skills.

Each section of the body is different, and our programs emphasize proper sequencing for each region, with an additional focus on chair and pregnancy massage techniques.


Due to the intimate nature of professional massage therapy, it is important to discuss and explain to clients what’s happening. For some, it could be their first time experiencing a massage environment, so setting expectations in a friendly manner can go a long way in making the customer feel relaxed.    


The massage therapist skills gained in this course focus on the use of water in its three forms (liquid, solid, and vapor), including contraindications, physiological effects of various temperatures, ice massage, paraffin wax, hot packs, cold packs, bath & body treatments, and frictions.

Clinical Massage

Students in this course will learn basic and advanced clinical massage techniques for the treatment of soft tissue pain in the different regions of the body, including trigger point palpation and deactivation, myofascial therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Students will also learn sports massage and adaptations for special populations.

Massage Therapy Professional Requirements

Massage Therapy in Texas is approved and regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Massage Therapy Licensing Program. This program includes the state mandated curriculum courses, preparing students to sit for the State Licensing Exam*. 

Additionally, 500 clock hours of massage therapist education are required for licensure. For further information about this program, or to obtain a copy of the Massage Therapy Act and the rules of the department included in Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 140, Subchapter H, please visit the State department’s website.

*STVT does not guarantee third-party licensure. License requirements for taking and passing examinations are not controlled by STVT but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to STVT. Therefore, STVT cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take licensure examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Is Massage Therapy a Good Career For Me?

Massage therapy is unique among therapeutic sciences, as clients and professionals work together to achieve the desired result. Students seeking a career in this field should be prepared for a high level of collaboration and communication on an individual level. While “four-handed massage” is occasionally available, professionals mostly work one-on-one with clients.

Graduates should also feel comfortable working with their hands in intimate settings and making important decisions when clients need some guidance.

How Much Money Do Massage Therapists Make?

As in most professions, salary levels vary according to a variety of factors. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage is $41,420 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,340, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,280.*


Massage Therapist Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the massage therapy field is expected to grow 22% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all other occupations.* This is a great opportunity for students looking to enter this growing field.


Where Can Massage Therapists Work?

The Professional Massage Therapy graduate may be qualified for entry-level employment as a massage therapist in various work settings like spas (day, resort, destination, medical, etc.), private businesses, hotels, rehabilitation clinics, wellness clinics, and cruise ships. Massage Therapists are also needed in a variety of healthcare settings, including personal care services, chiropractic offices, and fitness and recreational sports centers.

As of 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massage therapists approximately held about 159,800 jobs. About 33% of massage therapists were self-employed in 2018, allowing them to own their own business and to set their work schedules and the number of hours they work each week.

Do You Have Other Questions?

If you are searching for the right massage therapy school in Texas and are interested in learning more about how our program is designed to get you the skills to have a career as a Massage Therapist, contact us today! 

We know that a decision to attend STVT is an important step in your personal and professional life and we are committed to making sure that you have the information to make a career training decision that is right for you.

STVT’s South Texas Massage Therapy Program Locations

Each of our campuses in South Texas offers a unique learning environment. We focus on providing our students with a unique and convenient place to learn, giving them the opportunity to do their best work.


Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.

The Professional Massage Therapy Program for Brownsville & McAllen are approved and regulated by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – DSHS license #MS1045.

Apply to STVT Today!

There’s never been a better time to get started on your future career than now. At STVT, we help students on the path to their dream careers every day. New classes start monthly, so you could be taking the next step sooner than you think!

To find out more, speak with a member of our admissions team. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding our admissions process, financial aid, career services, and more.