The San Antonio Institute offers three levels of training.

The first level (500 hours) fulfills the requirements to test for licensing as a massage therapist in the State of Texas and in other states requiring 500 or fewer equivalent hours. The second level is (600 hours) providing extended internship and a self-care program. The third level consists of advanced accredited program courses that are offered throughout the year. These weekend courses comply with National Certification requirements. Students and alumni are kept informed of school developments and events of interest by mail or eMail (if the student provides an eMail address). Please eMail us at .

  • Level 1 part A consists of 250 hours of lecture and practice in Anatomy, Physiology, Business, Health & Hygiene, Hydrotherapy and Swedish massage. CPR/First Aid certification will be part of the Health & Hygiene class. (100 hours of massage theory and CPR certification is required prior to start of internship.)
  • Level 1 part B consists of 200 hours of lecture and practice in Kinesiology, Pathology, Business, Ethics and other massage modalities. An internship of 50 hours will be completed during scheduled class hours. If a Saturday is needed, the intern and administrator will come to a pre-arranged agreement of the specific Saturday needed.
  • Parts A & B fulfill the Texas and National Certification requirements for a massage therapy program.

NOTE: Therapists licensed under the previous 300 hour program may enroll in the part B to accumulate the additional 200 hours needed for National Certification.

An optional additional 70 hours of internship may be undertaken to enhance your professional skills, as well as, a 30 hour Self-Care training. This would give you a total of 120 internship hours, and a total of 600 hours invested into your progress. If you voluntarily choose the 600 hour program, the tuition would be $4,880.00. Speak to your enrollment counselor for further details.



This training provides a solid and imaginative grounding in the theory and practice of massage. This program consists of the 500 hours required by the Texas Department of State Health Services to become licensed as a Massage Therapist within the state of Texas. See the additional benefits of our 600 hour program.

Unit I: Anatomy (50 hours) and Physiology (25 hours)
Studying the body as a whole incorporates the idea that while it is made up of many systems all of them function together. We take this approach to the study of anatomy and physiology. We consider the role of anatomy and physiology in life and the positive impact massage therapy may have on the body. The systems covered include the muscular, skeletal, integumentary, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, and endocrine systems, along with the special senses.

Unit II: Massage (200 hours with 125 hours of Swedish Massage Techniques)
This course includes history, theory, contraindications, effects and benefits, and body mechanics. Basic strokes are effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement and Swedish movements. Draping of the client is covered, as well as massage products. The instructors, incorporating their diverse backgrounds in styles and techniques, prepare the student to work on a variety of individuals using relaxing and stress-relief massage. Our approach is to be precise and thorough in the education of soft tissue manipulation, while respecting the body, mind, and spirit of the client.

Unit III: Health and Hygiene (20 hours includes CPR & First Aid)
This segment includes professional attire, self-care, movement skills, diet and exercise, relaxation techniques for the therapist and the client, use of disinfectants, the Universal Precautions against communicable diseases, sanitation, and safety pertaining to equipment and work area. This segment also includes certification for CPR. Students will cover First Aid in Health & Hygiene, in accordance with TAC§140.310 (a)(2)(H)

Unit IV: Business Practices & Ethics (45 hours)
The basics of business philosophy, ethics, bookkeeping, budgeting, marketing, advertising, office set up and interviewing skills are provided. Students are taught to develop a business plan. The goal is to have the student leave this course being a good business-person with the knowledge to develop a good reputation in his/her massage business. This unit also covers the study of rules and laws governing massage therapy, in accordance with TAC§140.310(a)(2)(G).

Unit V: Hydrotherapy (20 hours)
Students are taught the history, theory and practical use of water at various temperatures, for cleansing and vitalizing effects. Students are also taught contraindications and the specific physiological effects of the various hydrotherapy techniques, which include: herbal wrap, aromatherapy, paraffin wax dips, salt glows, clay treatments, hot and cold applications, and contrast baths.

Unit VI: Kinesiology (50 hours)
Students are taught the terminology for kinesiology of the body. Students are taught the roles muscles play in movement. They develop an understanding of the joints and of the movement of the muscular system, and learn how pain restricts muscle movement. Interpretation of postural patterns, knowledge of the origin, insertion, and action of major muscles in the body, and physiological functions of proprioception are covered.

Unit VII Pathology (40 hours)
Students learn the terminology for the pathology of the body. Students develop an understanding of disease, and infection, as well as health and wellness. Students learn about preventative healthcare, indications and contraindications as related to massage therapy, analyze the etiology of various conditions and disorders of each major body system, learn to identify the signs and symptoms of health and disease of the major systems of the body, and discuss considerations for the HIV virus. Students also learn to identify psychological and emotional states that may accompany acute or chronic disease, develop an understanding of basic pharmacology as it relates to massage, identify the effects, side effects, and precautions of commonly prescribed medications and herbal remedies as relates to massage.

Internship Program (50) hours
Students practice their therapeutic, communication and business skills by working on the public in a supervised setting. Massage Therapy skills are best learned by doing. After you have completed 250 hours of instruction, of which 100 hours in massage theory, techniques and CPR students, will begin their internship. Internship will be arranged during scheduled class time.

The 600 Hour Program
This program includes all of the above with an additional 70 hours of internship (a total of 120 hours). This extended internship will allow you to increase your confidence and understanding and development of your skills. It includes an additional 30 hours of intensive training classes for supporting the wellness of you, the therapist. It includes the understanding of movement therapy, bio-mechanics alignment, nutrition and prevention skills. We encourage you to embrace the understanding and commitment you must have for yourself. This concept will allow you to better serve others and for you to truly benefit from your investment.

Classroom instruction 480 hours and internship 120 hours equals 600 hours.

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