You will work through directed readings and specific content on your own at around 25 hours per week and receive credit for those hours spent away from class. Email and telephone access are always available to reach our instructors.
Hands-on skills and theory will dominate the in-class section of the course, along with occasional practical and written tests. This way the students will know how they are progressing, and to identify areas where the class or an individual student needs more guidance.
Massage Therapy Level I (1000 hours)
Components of the program include massage techniques, theory (including anatomy, kinesiology, basic pathology, basic assessment skills), related skills including communication and ethics, and business skills
- Graduates of this program will be eligible to obtain membership in the NHPC Association and become a registered massage therapist in Alberta. However, laws are changing in other provinces, and it is strongly recommended that the candidate also complete the subsequent program Massage Therapy Level II.
- The appropriate job setting for graduates of this program would be where relaxation massage is the primary modality.
Massage Therapy Level II (1200 hours + 1000 hours previous training = 2200 hours total)
Students are required to complete Massage Therapy I course or an equivalent program before enrolling in this program.
- Components of the program include massage techniques, theory (including anatomy, kinesiology, advanced pathology, advanced assessment skills), related skills including communication and ethics, and business skills.
- Completion of this program allows students to become members of the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta (MTAA), as well as preparing the students for the registration exams of the Saskatchewan counterpart, the Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS).
Master schedules, including dates of the on-site instructional days and the material covered on each day is available for both Massage Therapy Level 1 and Massage Therapy Level 2 upon request from prospective students.
Dustin Hirschkorn R.M.T. - Course Instructor
Dustin is a graduate of Newfoundland's, Eastern College Massage Therapy program (2200 hours). He was first registered with the College of Massage in Newfoundland and the Newfoundland Massage Therapy Association before moving to Alberta and is currently registered with the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta. Dustin has additional training in pregnancy, aromatherapy, orthopaedic assessment and treatment of postural dysfunction, alternatives to heat, and core stabilization. Dustin believes that a good education leads to a good therapist and a healthy patient, and loves to educate others. Coming from a large family of teachers, his passion for teaching is in his blood. In his spare time, Dustin enjoys cycling, running, horseback riding, hiking, and reading about animal care and welfare.
Renee Aubin R.M.T. - Course Instructor
Renee is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program through the Alberta Institute of Massage (2200 hours). She is dedicated to the health and wellness of all living beings. She has developed over her career an expertise in Swedish Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Shiatsu Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release. She has extensive knowledge and training in Pre and Post Natal Massage, Infant Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Massage, Cupping Massage, Aromatherapy as well as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Guided Meditation. Renee is also a Certified Reflexologist and Reiki Master Teacher. She truly loves her profession and has a great passion for sharing her knowledge of Massage with others. When she is not creating profound wellness experiences for others, you can find her tap dancing in her kitchen whipping up delicious gluten-free treats, riding her bike like she is in the Tour de France, or cozied up with a good book.
Leah Haines R.M.T. - Course Instructor
Leah has been a member of the National Health Practitioners of Canada since 2011, having graduated from Alberta Massage Training in 2012 to begin her amazing career.
She has developed an expertise in therapeutic massage, and has even extended her skills to include her passion for animals, providing massage therapy for people and her four-legged friends. Leah has pursued numerous other professional development activities and training in myofascial release and cupping for example. And before becoming a SESMT instructor, Leah was renowned as a REIKI master and teacher. Leah has studied Shamanism extensively as well, and is also currently working on her second year Bachelor of Arts program through MacEwan University majoring in Anthropology and Psychology.
Leah spends what spare time she has enjoying nature at it fullest, riding her horses, walking her dogs and of course being a mom to her two amazing teenage daughters.
Cindy Ypma R.M.T. - Course Instructor
Cindy Ypma has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist for 15 years.
She has over 2500 hours of training and is a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated in 2005 and was a member of the CMTO before moving to Alberta, where she is now a member of the MTAA. Her post-graduate training & educational experiences explain her expertise in sports massage, prenatal and geriatric care, as well as TMJ massage. Cindy devoted part of her career to working with children with physical disabilities at a children’s hospital in the Dominican Republic.
Cindy specializes in trigger point treatment, therapeutic massage, stress and pain relief, and she is also a Certified Reflexologist. She loves to promote the benefits of massage therapy while guiding her students to provide the level of expert care that she has always given to her clients.