To contribute to our community and enhance lives through training individuals in the science and art of massage therapy.
Since 1979 Aliesha Alexandar and her instructors have developed a convenient, affordable massage therapy training program. It is our passion to support individuals with active lives to become successful massage therapists. Our massage school program will provide you with the tools you need to successfully pass the FSMTB MBLEx exam and become a Licensed Massage Therapist.
On this page, we have some quick facts followed by an overview of our massage therapy school, information about our individual courses, and our school catalogue for more in-deapth information. If you would like to apply for massage therapy school after reviweing our information our application is downloadable and located next to our school catalogue near the end of our Course Descriptions.
A Career in Massage
- Convenient - Make your own work schedule
- Patients increasingly referred by physicians, chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners
- Massage Therapy is included on many Insurance Plans, Auto Insurance Coverage and Labor and Industries policies
- Diverse patient populations
- Choose your work setting, doctors' offices, spas, your own office, travel industry
- 21.6% projected job-growth through 2024
- Mean wage for Washington state $61,840 (full-time)
- Washington state has the 4th-highest concentration of massage jobs nationwide
Our Massage Program
- Woman-owned, locally-owned and directed
- Many of our faculty and administration are Veterans
- Convenient 722-clock-hour program, 11-month program
- 3-days per week, 4-hours each day
- AM and PM sessions to choose from
- Structured for people with active lives outside of school
- Over 39-years massage education experience
- Experienced faculty
- Professional clinical internship
- High first-time pass rate for licensing exams and NCBTMB
- Affordable financing available
- G.I. Bill accepted
Massage Therapy School Overview
Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics is a massage therapy school, we are licensed by the WTECB and approved by the Washington State Board of Massage. The 722-Clock Hour Massage Program consists of courses such as Swedish Massage I or Anatomy & Kinesiology. Our massage program is a cohort program meaning there are no semesters or quarters, you attend and graduate school with the same group of people you began with, and you will attend school straight through with standard holiday breaks.
Each course consists of daily class(s). Classes are held from 9:00am to 1:00pm and the same class is repeated in the evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm by the same instructor. While you may elect to attend primarily the day or evening sessions, you are welcome to attend either session if you have a scheduling conflict that prevents you from attending at your normal time. Weekend classes are scheduled well in advance and can be anything from one four-hour session on Saturday to eight hour sessions on Saturday or Sunday depending on the requirements of the course.
We start two programs each year, one in September and one in March. Each program holds class three days a week and some weekends. March classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and some weekends. September Classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and some weekends.
The Alexandar Program consists of three phases. Phase One focuses on the basics of massage, basic anatomy, and preparing for your clinical internship. Phase Two is dedicated to the application of basic massage skills to common illness, injuries and conditions, hydrotherapy and the start of spa and internship. Anatomy and Physiology will also begin near the end of this phase. In Phase Three, you will learn to apply your massage skills to chronic long-term injuries and learn about the business of massage, insurance billing, massage law, eastern medicine and HIPAA. If you are a visual person, the following graphic outlines the program phases and how courses align.
Why 11 months?
Over the past 38+ years, we have determind the amount of information needed to become a massage therapist coupled with clinical experience and physical conditioning can be obtained in 11 months. While you can achieve enough book-knowledge to pass an exam in less time, it is less likely you will have the physical and clinical experieince necessry to be successful, and injury-free. This is why we have developed a three-day-a-week massage school program to allow our students time between classes to study and gain clinical massage therapy experieince. Our schedule is also adapted to people who have jobs, families and other commitments outside of school. With our massage therapy program, you will find that even if you have other commitments, obtaining a career in the massage industry is achievable.
Anatomy & Kinesiology - 76 Clock Hours - The study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. In this course, students learn the basics of anatomy and the muscles that move the body as they apply to massage therapy. Special emphasis is placed on acquiring hands-on experience locating the structures and muscles discussed during class lecture time.
Anatomy & Physiology- 76 Clock Hours - Anatomy is the study of the body and its structures. Physiology is the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts. In this course, students learn the basics of anatomy and the body systems as they apply to massage therapy. Special emphasis is placed on the effect of massage on the different body systems.
Aromatherapy - 12 Clock Hours - Aromatherapy utilizes essential oils (highly concentrated aromatic extracts from plant material). Students will learn how Aromatherapy will broaden thier scope of experience and enhance the clinical treatment options in the field of massage. Students will be able to apply the concepts of aromatherapy and essential oils to everyday use in a clinical and personal setting.
Bloodborne Pathogens and 4 Hour HIV KNOW – 6 Clock Hours – BBP Teaches employees how to protect themselves and others from being exposed to blood or blood-containing materials. The course is designed to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site-specific instruction. The HIV Know portion of the Course Provides basic knowledge of HIV and AIDS education. Discusses HIV and AIDS etiology, epidemiology, transmission, infection control, legal issues, ethical issues and psychosocial issues. The course is designed to meet Washington State requirements for those credentialed through the Department of Health.
Chair Massage - 8 Clock Hours - Massage for a client seated on a specially designed portable massage chair. Chair massage can be performed almost anywhere utilizing special techniques for working on fully clothed clients. Usually, the massage is focused on the back, neck, scalp and shoulders, but other body parts can be accessed. During this course, students learn to apply the techniques and treatment strategies to clients in this setting.
Eastern Medicine Philosophy – 13 Clock Hours – Students are introduced to Eastern Medicine theories. The course is designed to give students a basic understanding of Meridians, the concept of Yin/Yang, Five Elements, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meditation, Reiki, Ayurvedic Medicine, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Cupping Massage.
Heartsaver® First Aid/CPR AED – 8 Clock Hours - Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED teaches students the critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.
Hydrotherapy - 16 Clock Hours - Hydrotherapy is the superficial application of heat and cold to the body for therapeutic purposes. Hydrotherapy is a powerful treatment modality used in sports medicine, spas, naturopathic clinics and many other medical practices. In this course, students learn how to apply hydrotherapy techniques to small areas using hot packs or ice, and to the whole body using cold water baths or steam rooms and saunas. Hydrotherapy is integrated into Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and body spa treatments.
Insurance Billing Practices - 12 Clock Hours - In this course students will learn about current insurance company practices, documentation of claims & how to bill insurance. companies.
Internship Business Practices & Internship Clinical Practices - 135 Clock Hours - In this course students develop individual massage skills by practicing on real clients in a supervised setting in our professional massage clinic. The time breaks-down accordingly. 90 Massage-hours (Internship Clinical Practices), and 45 hours (Internship Business Practices), for scheduling, room set-up/clean-up, early arrival for appointments and completing medical documentation and an evaluation for each massage given.
Internship Orientation - 14 Clock Hours - Internship Orientation will familiarize students with the procedures used in the clinic during the Internship Program. Students are also briefed on Medical Privacy Laws & HIPAA. A set of laws created to protect the privacy of individually identifiable health information. During this course, Student Massage Practitioners will learn how to observe these laws during the Internship Program. This course concludes with three student massage trades (6 – hours) under real clinic settings prior to working on the general public.
Medical Documentation (SOAP) - 4 Clock Hours - Medical documentation is the main form of communication between medical providers and others professionals involved in the care of a patient. In this course, students are introduced to the standard SOAP charting format for further use during the Internship program.
Orientation – 4 Clock Hours - ASNT Directors & Staff introduce new students to each other, explain policies and procedures, strategies for success and become familiar with the school.
Practice Management - 30 Clock Hours - In this course you will plan for and learn about the day-to-day operations of a massage practice in several different settings. You will also learn about business ethics and Washington State laws relating to the practice of massage.
Practitioner Ergonomics – Use of proper ergonomics and body mechanics during the practice of massage is a key to injury prevention and a long and successful massage career. Ergonomics are part of all hands-on courses at ASNT. Throughout the duration of the program, a total of 16.5 class-hours are dedicated toward developing practitioner ergonomics.
Practitioner Ethics - 8 Clock Hours - Ethics are a cornerstone in the medical community and today’s massage practice. Ethics are a key component to a safe, professional work environment. At ASNT, we subscribe to the AMTA Code of Ethics. Ethics are part of the Internship Orientation and revisited again during orientation for the Trigger-point/Myofascial Release course.
Prenatal Massage - 8 Clock Hours - can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Reflexology – 8 Clock Hours - Reflexology is a gentle and extremely effective from of therapeutic foot massage. Reflexology works on the premise that all organs in the body have reflexes in the fee, hands and ears and by stimulating these reflexes we are stimulating the body to heal itself.
Spa Treatments - 40 Clock Hours - Spa Therapy is an established area of interest in the Health and Beauty Industry. In this series of classes, we will present the fundamentals of Spa Treatments. Students will define and perform various spa treatments including Aromatic Body Massage, Aromatherapy Facial Massage, Salt Glow Body Polish, Clay Wrap, Body Wrap and Aromatic Back Treatments. Students will learn how to incorporate various forms of bodywork and hydrotherapy modalities in to these treatment routines.
Sports Massage – 16 Clock Hours - Students learn proper body mechanics and ergonomics of sports massage. How to apply the concepts of sports massage to aid athletes in recovery from activity. Applied knowledge linked to heat and cold related injuries. Incorporated in this program, are three hours of the Washington Sports Massage Team calibration training.
State Board Prep – 5 Clock Hours - ASNT directors and faculty will review the process of applying for and taking exams necessary for state licensure, assist you in completing paperwork for state licensure application and review successful study strategies.
Swedish Massage I – Theory and Practice of Massage – 84 Clock Hours - Swedish massage is a system of therapeutic massage and exercise for the muscles and joints, developed in Sweden in the 19th century. Also known as the classical form of massage, Swedish massage is the foundation of a holistic massage education. In this course, students learn how to give a professional Swedish massage, covering elements of proper communication with the client, anatomy, and postural awareness. They will also learn how to transform Swedish massage skills into their own unique massage style. This course is dedicated to a hands-on learning experience of the various massage techniques and the development of their own
Swedish Massage II – Application of Massage to Pathologies – 84 Clock Hours - In this course, students learn to apply techniques learned in Swedish Massage I to conditions, illness and injuries encountered by Massage Practitioners on a daily basis. Students also learn about the Pathophysiology (the study of the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease) related to those conditions. This course include an “Introduction to Pathology” as part of their preparation for the Internship course.
Trigger-point Therapy & Myofascial Release - 55 Clock Hours - Trigger-point therapies are designed to treat and remove pain, stress, and energy blocks in muscles and connective tissue, and to establish a working relationship between the body, mind, and spirit. Trigger-point and myofascial release are especially effective for treating long-term chronic pain, pain relief, and pain control. You will learn these techniques from ASNT director, Bill Thompson, one of the few people designated to teach the Zen Trigger-point technique by its founder, William “Dub” Leigh.
Our school catalogue, will give a much deeper review of our program and our massage therapy school. There are no forms to fill out nor will we ask you for or your information prior to downloading our catalogue.
If you have any questions or would like a school tour, contact our School Advisor Nora Williams at the following link.