Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a profession that is being discovered at a rapid pace in today's society by a wide range of fields. Many of the medical, rehabilitation, and fitness professions are discovering the benefits of massage therapy; thus creating opportunities for licensed massage therapists. At River Valley School of Massage, we believe that professionally skilled therapists are the key to providing a stress free, relaxing environment for the world to enjoy.

What you will study

Each student is required to successfully complete 600 hours of massage training and techniques. This includes but is not limited to:

  • 225 hours Practical and Technique
    Students are taught a Swedish massage technique, which increases circulation and promotes relaxation while reducing stress. They perform hands-on practice on other students as well as clients.
  • 175 hours Anatomy and Physiology
    During lecture, students are taught all about the body and how it works with visuals and PowerPoint
  • 100 hours of Application and extended Anatomy and Physiology
  • 25 hours Hydrotherapy, Electrotherapy, and Heliotherapy
    This section teaches the therapeutic use of water, light, and small electrical current.
  • 25 hours Massage Laws and Professional Ethics
    This section breaks down the Arkansas Massage Law for practical understanding and teaches ethical business practices and professional conduct.
  • 25 hours related subjects (including, but not limited to…)

Reflexology – a natural healing art by applying pressure to key areas in your hands and feet that stimulate different parts of the body.

Deep Tissue – slow deliberate firm pressure that affects deep muscles for relief of chronic problems.

Massage Cupping – loosens, stiff muscles, encourages blood flow, and sedates the nervous system.

Aromatherapy – the use of oils and their affects to the body.

  • 25 hours Hygiene and Infection Control
    This section focuses on the collective principles of health preservation and proper practice for infection prevention.

School Calendar 2023 (School Closed)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day1/16/2023
President's Day2/20/2023
Spring Break3/20-24/2023
Memorial Day5/29/2023
Independence Day Observed7/4/2023
Labor Day9/4/2023
Columbus Day10/9/2023
Thanksgiving Break11/23-24/2023
Christmas Break12/23/2023-1/7/2024

CEU Information:

CEU classes that are available:

Amanda Williams: Reflexology: Intro to the Hand, Reflexology: Intro to the Feet, Deep Tissue: Low Back and Hips, The Back Facial, Lomi Lomi, and Adding Hot Stones to Your Massage.

Audra Findley: Aromatherapy Spa Facial, Deep Tissue

Disabilities- Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities

All dates to be announced. Contact the school for more information or like our Facebook page.

Credit for Previous Training / Transfer Credit Policy

Credits can be transferred with approval of the School Director and Director of Education. No more than 40 clock hours will be given per 3 college semester credit hours. This will only be approved if the college hours are part of RVSM curriculum and student has college transcript. River Valley School of Massage will accept anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, medical terminology, and some business classes. College credit hours must be passing with a minimum 75%. RVSM will also accept transferred credits from another massage therapy program if the student is in good standing with the transferred school (this includes all debt has been paid and the student has transcript and passing grades of 75% or above).

Candidates for transfer credit must provide documentation that includes: official transcripts, a copy of the diploma, and a school catalog or statement providing the course descriptions of each class completed. If credit is granted, training time may be shortened and tuition may be reduced proportionately.

Arkansas Department of Health has given permission for massage therapy schools to give credit hours for cosmetology and aesthetician hours for massage therapy hours.