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Massage Therapy Training Program

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As a massage school in the Chicago area, Universal Spa Training Academy (USTA) believes that true effectiveness and profitability for a massage therapist begin with self-discovery, personal growth and recognizing the power of touch between therapist and client. Understanding this power from within can produce the most effective, profitable and well-rounded therapists. It is also what sets USTA apart from other massage therapy schools.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a science-based treatment in which a certified professional manipulates the soft tissues of the body with varying degrees of pressure and movement, primarily through manual, hands-on techniques. One of the oldest health care practices, massage therapy is used for the treatment of both chronic and acute conditions.

What Does Our Training Entail?

The Massage Therapy Program at USTA is divided into three core areas: mind, body and spirit. At our accredited massage school in Downers Grove, you’ll learn various techniques including:

  • Swedish massage
  • Sports massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

A massage stimulates blood and lymph flow, reduces muscular tension and enhances tissue healing. Clients use massage therapy for a variety of health- and wellness-related purposes, including to reduce stress, relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, increase relaxation, address anxiety and aid general wellbeing. It also can help clients cope with the stress of ailments such as cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, fibromyalgia and more.

Benefits of Our Massage Therapist Program

At USTA, you’ll receive instruction that stresses the basics as well as advanced techniques — without the extra cost other schools may require. The advantages of taking courses through USTA include receiving a full spectrum of training with a holistic approach. Our massage therapy training in Illinois addresses the body while incorporating the mind and spirit. We’ll also prepare you for life after graduation, including guidance in career planning and client retention.

The Massage Therapy Program at USTA is divided into 3 core areas: MIND – BODY – SPIRIT

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Additional Program Benefits Include:

  • Energy Work
  • Aromatherapy
  • Basic Skin Care Training
  • Illinois Licensing Fee
  • Free Massage Table
  • Business Entrepreneurship Courses
  • No Prerequisites Required

View our entire massage therapy curriculum.


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As a student of USTA’s massage therapy school in Illinois, you will:

  • Complete a 650-hour massage therapy training program
  • Finish in as little as seven months
  • Choose from day or evening schedules
  • Choose from full- or part-time hours

Ready to become fully trained in massage therapy at USTA? Schedule a tour today!

NOTE: The State of Illinois requires a minimum of 600 hours of training to become a licensed massage therapist. USTA chooses to add 50 hours to this minimum State requirement to provide students with additional tools that we feel are needed prior to graduation. Within USTA’s 650 hour nationally accredited massage therapy curriculum, we take students through human body systems with a balanced focus on muscular structure and function, multiple massage modalities as well as career planning, client retention and preparation to sit and pass the MBLEx Exam.