The Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork and Blue Alchemy Healing Center will be housed in the lower level of the distinguished Ellington Building, located at 1500 Chestnut St., in center city Philadelphia. Our doors will be open to the public and future students this summer. We’ll be sure to let you know when our program enrollment starts!
Our comprehensive 700 hour massage therapy program will provide students with a quality education with an emphasis on compassionate and professional care. Our well rounded curriculum was created by massage therapists, for massage therapists, and gives students the necessary tools and knowledge to be successful in the field of massage therapy.
Watch as we grow! We
're starting construction on our space and will keep you updated on our progress. Here’s a peek at our raw space. Our next steps are to build a few additional classrooms and lay down new flooring. Once those projects are complete, we can start painting. Does anyone have any suggestions on paint color? We
're open to suggestions :)
Why should I study massage & bodywork?
If you are an independent, caring, compassionate person with a good sense of touch, massage & bodywork might be the perfect career for you. Jobs are open in a variety of environments, ranging from sports and athletics, to hospitals, to spas. Many practitioners are independent contractors, while others are employees of larger businesses. Common characteristics are the desire to help other people and a strong interest in health, nutrition, anatomy, and improving quality of life.em>
Why should I study at PSMB?
Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork offers a unique program combining course work with a hands-on clinic, providing students with a great opportunity to work side by side with seasoned professionals. Also, our curriculum is an adult education program so that students can expect to have a moderate workload during studies.
What will massage school cost me?
Massage therapy training is a very cost effective means of entering a career path that is both professionally satisfying and financially beneficial. At $10,000 for tuition and books, the cost is less than one year
’s tuition at a private college and most public or community colleges.
How long will it take for me to become certified?
You will be employable in the massage therapy industry in less than one year, if you select the day program, and in 14 months, if you select the evening program.
What’s the career outlook for massage therapists?
According to Money magazine, “The increasing number of spas and massage clinics in recent years underscores a growing demand for massage services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of 22.6 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 30,000 more professionals to this field.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for massage therapists was $35,920 in 2013. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made more than $71,020, while the bottom 10 percent made less than $18,280. The top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Anchorage, Alaska; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Holland, Michigan.
What are the requirements for admission?
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be physically able to perform massage
- Valid Photo ID required
- Must be 18 or older
- Complete Application
- Pay a $75 application fee
- Two letters of reference
- Interview with director
- Tour the facility
- Free of communicable diseases
- Receive a massage or bodywork session either at PSMB or another practice
- Be prepared to describe your experience during your interview
What else do I need to know to succeed at your school?
You should know that you get along well with other people, that you have the ability to understand medical and scientific terms, that you are kind and patient, that you have the physical strength to perform several massages a day, and that you are able to listen to your clients so that you fully understand their needs and concerns.
Who will be my instructors?
You can check the instructor page on our website to see our list.
What will be my typical day?
We understand that everyone’s schedule and time availability is different, so we have both a day full time program and an evening part time program. Most days will be a mix of lecture and hands on training with some test taking every so often.em>
Who makes up the student body?
Our students are a diverse group of people who are new to massage therapy as well as those who are onsite for continuing education.
Where will I live while I am in school?
We do not offer any housing.
What subjects will I study?
- Fundamentals of Massage Therapy
- Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology
- Anatomy of Musculoskeletal Kinesiology & Palpation
- Advanced Massage Techniques
- Complementary Modalities
- Shiatsu for Massage Therapists
You will also participate in the Student Clinic and in our Outreach program.
I am ready to enroll! How do I get started?
Go to our Admissions Page and scroll down to the orange bar that says “ENROLL NOW” and click on that to activate our online registration form. When we receive your info, we’ll call you to discuss your plans.
How do I get more information?
This week marks the opening of the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork! This is a project that my co-founder Julia Bayardi & I have been dreaming of — and working on — for more than three years. But really, it’s been longer than that because we both were drawn to this profession early on in our careers.
In designing this school and outlining the curriculum, Julia & I have talked many times with each other and with our instructors about what makes a good massage therapist or bodyworker, and how each of this came to choose particular path for our own lives.
I know that you may now be wondering if this is the right career for you. And that’s the really most important question for you to answer before you look for a school. When think about your future, where do you see yourself fitting in best in our world of high tech? For me, the answer has been to work in the world of high touch.
During the next few weeks, I’ll be using this space to describe massage and bodywork as a career to you by telling you how our core instructors arrived at their own decisions to join Julia and me at PSMB. As you read about all of us, I would like you to look at what we have in common and, at the same time, take note of the interests and traits you share with us.
I think you’ll be intrigued by what you learn. Yes, we all have a strong commitment to health, nutrition, and healing, but we are also very individualistic in our approaches to our craft and to our clients. I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know us, and we look forward to meeting you.
In my next post, I’ll introduce our science instructor Karen Giglio, who is already active in our Blue Alchemy Healing Center.