Top Schools in Seattle

  • Cortiva Institute - Seattle, WA

    The hands-on programs at the Cortiva Institute are designed to give graduates the real-world experience they need to succeed. Students can graduate in as little as 7 1/2 months from the Seattle and Federal Way Campuses, which are accredited by COMTA. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Career services assistance is provided to all students and graduates throughout their careers.

    The Cortiva Institute is a member of the Steiner Education Group, which operates massage schools all across the nation. With thousands of graduates working all over the world, the Steiner Education Group schools are known for producing some of the most talented massage therapists in the massage and spa industries.

  • Ananda Massage Training         (360)-301-6260

    Ananda Massage Training is committed to providing high-quality, low-cost training for students.

About Seattle Massage Schools

With approximately 1,500 massage therapy postsecondary schools, college programs and training programs across the country to choose from,1 it's easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to select the one that's right for you. Here on the Seattle Massage Schools page, our primary focus is to make comparing, contacting and selecting the local massage therapy training that's ideal for your situation quick and easy.

There are several widely recognized Seattle massage schools in the local and surrounding area to choose from including these: Northwest School of Massage, Alexandar Massage School, Bellevue Massage School, Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts, Everest College and Cortiva Institute. If you're interested in completing your massage therapy education at a Seattle massage school, one of these institutions is an excellent place to build a foundation for your future career.

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Massage therapy programs can vary in length from as little as 50 hours of practical training, to over 1,000 hours depending on the level of education and type of certification you're looking to achieve. Moreover, massage therapy has more than 80 different specialties referred to as “modalities.”2 Many massage therapists are trained in several modalities which calls for education in different techniques. Whichever techniques you choose to train in, you will also likely have general courses to study as well. The courses often include anatomy and physiology, pathology, ethics and hygiene, kinesiology, and applicable business courses.

Massage therapy continues to grow in popularity as the benefits of massage become more prevalent. Start your career in this rewarding field today by using our page to find the best Seattle massage school for you.

Choosing a Massage Therapy School in Seattle, WA

Therapeutic massage, once relegated to expensive spas or used exclusively for professional athletes, has seen explosive growth in popularity as a result of several studies in recent years. Massage therapy has proven effective in treating ailments as varied as heart disease, diabetic neuropathy, sports injuries and hypertension. As a result, the demand for licensed massage therapists continues to grow and many people of all ages are considering massage therapy schools as a stepping stone to their next careers.

Whether they work for themselves or as part of a wellness practice, massage therapists enjoy pleasant working conditions, the excitement of working with a varied clientele, and the satisfaction of knowing they are providing valuable treatments to their clients.

There are many massage therapy schools to choose from and several things to keep in mind when evaluating and comparing schools. First, prospective students should consider the mix of classroom and hands-on, or clinical experience, provided by each school they are investigating. Effective massage therapy requires a clear understanding of the muscular and skeletal systems which is most effectively provided in a rigorous classroom environment. Learning how the muscles work is crucial before a therapist can learn how to properly manipulate those muscles.

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Second, those considering massage therapy school should investigate the specific types of massage taught, the medical indicators for these types of massage, and the variety of instructors they will be exposed to as they learn different techniques. To become an effective massage therapist, a student needs to learn what types of massage are most effective in addressing specific conditions. Learning techniques from different instructors provides students with a wider range skills, making them more flexible and better prepared to work in many different settings.

Finally, since massage therapists require state licensing, and because each state has slightly different licensing procedures, it is important the the massage therapy school a prospective student chooses provides the instruction needed to meet state requirements. Seattle is the largest city in Washington, and massage therapy schools should provide instruction required to qualify for Washington State licensing. Because Seattle is also the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, some schools may provide instruction that meets the requirements for Oregon licensing as well.

Seattle has been called a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality, so a prospective student should choose a massage therapy school within the neighborhood he or she is most comfortable, and would most like to begin a career.

For example, the Magnolia neighborhood, which is located on a peninsula in the western part of the city, is accessible via three different bridges. This family-focused area has the feeling of a small town, where everyone knows each other and where local commerce is important. It would be an idea location for a massage therapist seeking an opportunity to work with families or young people.

On the other hand, for those seeking a more diversified experience, the South Park neighborhood, which is tucked into the Duwamish Valley Industrial Corridor offers a an exciting setting that combines single family homes, affordable apartments and even a working farm.

Overall, the prospects for learning, living and working in Seattle are varied and exciting for the prospective massage therapist.


1 Department of Labor. Last accessed June, 2011.
2 Department of Labor. Last accessed June, 2011.

Top Massage Therapists

Top Seattle Massage Therapists

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    Urban Healing Arts Studio 8115 Stone Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    (888) 718-7226

    Urban Healing Arts Studio is a cut above the rest when it comes to massage therapy. A private, modern, one room studio on the north end of Greenlake, the highly skilled therapists there provide customized massage sessions for pain relief, injuries, stress reduction, pregnancy and athletes. Their promise is simple, to provide you with high quality massage therapy. Period! Each and every one of their massage therapy treatments comes with a satisfaction guarantee.
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    OmSho Crysalis 700 5th Ave, Ste. 606, Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 407-3068

    Massage reduces stress, alleviates depression, reduces pain, boosts the immune system, and even helps premature babies catch up in their development. With touch we love, communicate, heal and nurture one another.
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    Treatment Massage 4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98105
    (206) 234-9929

    Treatment Massage offers therapy focusing on pain relief, injury rehabilitation, correcting functional ability, and alignment of the body. Relief is provided by changing the structure in the soft tissues of the body, releasing restrictions and creating more balance around specific structures (such as a joint), as well as in opposing parts of the body (for example the front to back balance of the body). Treatment Massage is located just north of downtown Seattle off 45th Street and 9th Ave NE, just three streets east of I-5, with validated parking available.
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    Luata LF Bray, LMPc, PLLC 6011 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 523-9733

    I am a licensed health care professional who specializes in massage therapy. Many people ask me how I could still be doing this work after over 45 years. My answer is simple: curiosity, passion and the love of studying. I study individuals' movements and their locomotion systems. How they move, sit, rise up, walk, run, bend, etc. I can assist a person toward reaching the goal of experiencing less pain and swifter movement. Focused planning and diligent work combined with selecting the appropriate technique based on what a person presents to me and creating an individualized session or sessions can bring success for that person. From postural assessment, range of motion testing, and the use of a lifetime of accumulated massage techniques, I call my combined work luatamassage. I welcome your visit and the opportunity to assist you in reaching your healthcare goals. For more information, visit luatamassage.com.
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    Zen Experience Massage Therapy 1616 Ellis Ct. SE, Ste. 230, Port Orchard, WA 98366
    (360) 550-6576

    I am a proud professional member of the AMTA specializing in injury treatment and recovery, sports massage, relaxation and stress reduction. I believe that massage, just like all other forms of healthcare, should be affordable for you and your family. I take pride in helping others achieve their optimum health. I will never turn away a client for lack of funds, and I accept most major insurance including L&I and auto accidents.
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    Lake Washington Massage Therapy 15965 NE 85th St., Ste. 102, Redmond, WA 98052
    (425) 882-9065

    Home to some of the most talented massage therapists in the area, Lake Washington Massage Therapy is a medical massage clinic that specializes in injury treatment work, sports massage, pregnancy massage and relaxation massage. All of our therapists have graduated from accredited schools and have received hundreds of hours of training. We pride ourselves on our high level of customer service, friendly atmosphere and quality massage. You won't find a more talented group of massage therapists anywhere! Call us today and we will match you up with a therapist that best fits your needs!
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    SierraFaye 747 North 90th Street, Greenwood, WA 98103
    (206) 465-6344

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    M3 Bodyworks Massage Clinic 5236 SW California Ave SW, Suite D, West Seattle, WA 98136
    (206) 331-3999

    M3 Bodyworks Massage Clinic offers 24 hour online scheduling and is open 10 AM - 10 PM, 7 days a week for your convenience. We have numerous Therapeutic Massage Therapists and four treatment rooms. Our therapists offer multi-disciplinary modalities ranging from energy work to deep tissue injury work. We also offer monthly specials and pre-paid packages. Our philosophy is to treat the whole body and not just the area of pain. We are a medical clinic, and getting you back to doing the things you like is our primary goal and commitment. When you are ready to book your appointment, check our calendars for availability and fill out the form. You will receive an immediate confirmation from our online appointment system.
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    Ombu Salon + Spa 550 Main St., Edmonds, WA 98020
    (425) 778-6322

    Ombu, Edmonds' premiere organic salon and spa, has a modern, sophisticated approach to image and style. Renew yourself with our natural approach to beauty; we use the latest in organic and vegan health and beauty products to pamper you. Indulge yourself knowing our services and products are good for your body and the environment. From our signature Eminence facials and hot stone massages, to custom balayage color and the latest in progressive hair design, we strive for excellence in everything we do.
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    Larry Swanson, LMP Medical Dental Building 509 Olive Way, Suite 652, Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 624-6255