A wrist massage at the hands of an SSMT alum

Massage Program

SSMT offers an 750 hour massage therapy program that is designed to prepare you for a fulfilling career as a professional massage therapist. The program emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes used by the most successful massage therapists.

Our admissions staff has your highest good in mind. Our goal is to help you answer these three questions:

  • Is massage therapy a good fit for me?
  • Is SSMT a good fit for me?
  • If so, when is the right time?

It is always our intention to support you as you explore your possibilities.

Program Objectives

  • Gain knowledge and master the practical skills of a massage therapist
  • Experience working with the general public
  • Acquire skills in writing and keeping client/patient records
  • Develop the business skills, ethics and attitudes necessary to succeed as a bodyworker
  • Be certified in CPR and Basic First Aid
  • Be eligible and prepared for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam
  • Be eligible for Florida Licensure as a Massage Therapist

Community Involvement

Community outreach is a vital part of the program at the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. The school donates supervisory staff to enable students to participate as volunteers at the Senior Friendship Center, Hospice House, and a variety of charitable events. The school also donates in excess of 10% of its annual net profit to charitable organizations involved in environmental, peace and social justice issues.

Licensing Requirements

Florida law requires anyone who practices touch therapies for compensation to have a massage therapy license. Candidates for licensure must pass an exam administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) as a requirement for licensure.

SSMT graduates have extremely high pass rates on the MBLEx; in 2021-2022 the pass rate was 89%.

The cost of the exam and the $155 fee for Florida licensure are included in SSMT tuition.

Many other states also use this exam as a requirement for licensure. Students planning to practice in another state may contact the school for information regarding the state in which they are interested in practicing. We will also supply you with telephone numbers for the relevant state agencies.

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Awareness Based Learning

A variety of different treatment approaches are practiced in the massage therapy field. The Massage Therapy Program at SSMT provides a foundation in massage for relaxation, rehabilitation, integration, performance optimization, energy balancing, and somatic awareness. We particularly emphasize somatic awareness; many of the changes experienced by our clients can be understood as the effects of increased body awareness. A mindful focus on creating the space for this growth in ourselves and our clients is at the core of the SSMT curriculum.

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A caring and knowledgeable SSMT Admissions Guide will be happy to help you explore your career goals and options. An effective next step, to help you choose the right path for yourself, is a simple chat on the phone. Call 877-613-7768 - click below to fill out the form to request a caring and supportive conversation.

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Want to Know More?

A chat with the SSMT Admissions Guide, Autumn Lopez, is the best way to get your questions answered. Call 877-613-7768 - or click below to request a caring and supportive conversation.

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