BTI is a massage school that offers programs of exceptional quality in a spectacular natural environment. Discover a place where you can realize your goals and dreams through a somatic approach to massage therapy and bodywork. In a diverse community of inspired minds and open hearts, we invite you to explore the marvel of the human body and the potency of conscious touch for healing and transformation.
The BTI Difference
Founded in 1983, Body Therapy Institute was the first school to offer professional massage training in the Carolinas. Today, it is regarded as one of the leading massage therapy schools in the country. BTI is a small, independently-owned institution that has earned a reputation for innovation and educational excellence. Throughout a history spanning three decades, the school has consistently produced massage therapists who excel in their chosen career paths.
Here are some of the key attributes of the school that will help you to become a highly sought-after massage therapist:
Learning that Changes Lives. When you study massage therapy at BTI, you’ll gain new information and insights that will change your life, AND the lives of those you touch.
A Solid Foundation. Our Massage Therapy Diploma Program gives students all the essential knowledge, skills and experience needed to begin a professional practice in the massage therapy profession. The curriculum is designed so that all courses are coordinated with one another, and are delivered in a carefully-organized sequence.
Our Highly-trained and Dedicated Faculty. BTI has one of the most rigorous teacher training requirements of any massage school in the country for its instructional staff. These passionate educators are also experienced clinicians with their own therapeutic practices. We maintain low teacher-student ratios to ensure that you'll receive the personal attention that will allow you to excel in your studies.
Spectacular Natural Setting. Place matters. Our expansive campus at South Wind Farm in the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont features meadows, ponds, woodlands and an abundance of native wildlife. South Wind Farm provides an oasis of quietude and beauty for our students and guests. We are committed to maintaining this campus as a refuge from the noise, overcrowding and stresses of everyday life.
Emphasis on Body Mechanics. Our school is renowned for The Way of Ease®, the system of teaching optimal body mechanics developed by BTI's founder. This is one of the most essential aspects of massage therapy, as students learn how to use their bodies and energetic resources in the most efficient manner -- thus preventing injury and being able to deliver the most effective treatments.
The Whole-Person Model. We work within a therapeutic approach that acknowledges the inner wisdom, or innate intelligence, of every individual. This deep level of knowing is stored within the body along with all our life experiences – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Throughout the program, we endeavor to balance the technical with the artistic... the scientific with the spiritual... the intellectual with the intuitive... and the ancient with the modern.
Healing Attitudes. As our students learn hands-on techniques and gain knowledge about the structure and function of the body, they also develop the inner resources that make massage therapy a healing experience for both client and therapist. Our program focuses on key elements such as Presence, Mindfulness, Intention, and Unconditional Positive Regard.
A Track Record of Success. We have a thorough admissions process, and select candidates for the Diploma Program who have the resources and motivation to succeed in the field. On average, 92% of our students complete their training at BTI. And over the past four years, 98% of our grads passed their national massage licensing examination on the first try. (This compares with a national average pass rate of just 68% for the MBLEx.)
A Reputation for Great Massage. On our annual surveys of employers who hire our graduates, 100% indicate that they are either Very Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied with their performance. Likewise, many clients who receive massage therapy from BTI graduates say it’s the best massage they’ve ever had. Even in our Student Massage Clinic, 100% of clients say they would return for another treatment, and would refer their friends as well.
COMTA Accreditation. Accreditation is a rigorous process that requires a school to demonstrate compliance with operational and educational standards. BTI was the first school in the Carolinas to be accredited by The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, and is one of fewer than 100 massage schools that have earned this status.
Experience and Visionary Leadership. BTI has been providing massage therapy training for 30 years, and has operated under the same ownership. Founder and Co-director Rick Rosen is a specialist in the mind-body relationship and is respected authority on massage therapy regulation who has worked to establish professional standards on both state and national levels. Co-director Carey Smith is a nationally-recognized pioneer in teacher training for the field of massage therapy education.
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We welcome the opportunity to have you visit the Body Therapy Institute. Contact us today to set up a free campus tour where you will see how you can transform your life and career with the power of massage therapy.
- Karen O'Neal, MS, LPC, LMBT
- Marika Wendelken, LMBT | Durham, NC
The time I spent at BTI taught me to be a really good massage therapist, with the training in anatomy and physiology, hands-on techniques, ethics... but more, I learned to be a better person. I want to thank all the staff and faculty for sharing your knowledge and your hearts."
- Tamara "Tag" Woods, LMBT | Winston-Salem, NC
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