Massage Therapy Certification

Cedar Stone School of Massage offers a Massage Therapy Certification Program that prepares students for employment in the profession of massage therapy. The program integrates several approaches to massage and bodywork including Native American and Asian techniques. Students study Swedish massage, deep tissue, mobilization, bodywork, hot stones and Shiatsu in addition to Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. Introductory classes are offered in various other modalities.

Educational Objectives

The Cedar Stone Massage Therapy Certification Program strives to prepare students to enter the field of massage therapy as a professional with strong massage and assessment skills, basic business knowledge, and a clear understanding of ethics and other professional skills. As such, the program seeks to assist students:

  • Acquire and demonstrate the many skills necessary to perform therapeutic massage.
  • Exhibit knowledge of anatomy and physiology as it applies to massage.
  • Understand ethical issues relating to massage.
  • Know basic professional business practices.

The 757 hour program includes:

Semester Classes

  • Level I Massage
  • Level II Massage
  • Level III Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mobilization Techniques
  • Muscle Actions/Pathology
  • Advanced Lab
  • Track Classes
  • Student Clinic


  • Rainbath, Healing Hands and other Native Treatments
  • Aromatherapy
  • Introduction to Thai Massage
  • Self Care for the Practitioner
  • Assessment
  • Cranial Sacral
  • Cupping
  • Reiki
  • Other electives TBA

Eight hours of CPR and First Aid
The program can be completed at your own pace. The minimum time needed to complete the program is 12 months. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a certificate and eligible to sit for the National Certification Board for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers’ exam or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEX) and apply for Virginia state certification as a certified massage therapist.