Massage Programs

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Program Details

First Year – Spa Massage Practitioner (SMP) Program

Intake Dates: January, September

Program Length: 8 months

Availability: Weekends (one weekend per month) or Evenings (one evening per week – Wednesdays for the September intake, Mondays for the January intake)

Students learn the basics of relaxation massage and a variety of Swedish Massage techniques. Students are introduced to anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and hydrotherapy. After the fourth module, students practice on real clients in our student clinics. Graduates of the Spa Massage Practitioner program receive a certificate and can work in spas or on cruise ships.

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Second Year – Massage Therapy (MT) Program

Prerequisites: First Year Spa Massage Practitioner Program or Direct Entry (see below)

Intake Dates: April, September

Program Length: 10 months

Availability: Weekends (one weekend per month)

Students learn deep tissue massage, fascia release, facilitated exercises, history taking, orthopaedic assessments and treatment of pathologies of the entire muscular-skeletal system. Students practice in ACMT’s Student Clinic throughout the program. Graduates become Registered Massage Therapists upon joining an association.

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Direct Entry:

Missing Hours: Registered Massage Therapists are required to have 2200 hours of education to practice in Alberta. If you are missing the required hours, ACMT can help you obtain 2200 hours without interfering with your established business. Direct entry to second year is available in April and September each year to students who qualify. Contact us to learn more!

Switching Schools: Students who have completed the first year at another institution may be eligible to enter directly into second year at ACMT. Student who are looking for a more flexible program may wish to enrol – Contact us to learn more!

Manual Osteopathic Therapy

Registered Massage Therapists are eligible for the Manual Osteopathic Therapy program at the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada. This 13-month program trains its students to treat their clients with new methods that can solve the underlying issue rather than only treating the symptoms. Registered Massage Therapists who go on to complete the Manual Osteopathic Therapy program have a broader client base, can bill for higher amounts, and have longer careers due to the gentle techniques used.