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April 24th

Westport Campus Programs

It’s more than learning; it’s a transformative experience—putting you in touch with what’s best in you, and giving you the inspiration and freedom to grow your own way.

Professional Massage Therapy Program 
(900 Clock Hours / 45.5 Quarter Credits)

Program Length  
Full Time: 42 weeks / 10 months
Part Time: 62 weeks / 15 months

Program Description

This comprehensive massage therapy program prepares students to become successful practicing bodyworkers by giving them a broad knowledge of both therapeutic and clinical techniques. Students learn an eclectic style of therapeutic massage that is based on Swedish theory, which gives them a solid foundation for mastering many different bodywork techniques. They are taught a wide-range of bodywork therapies that includes sports massage, eastern theory, shiatsu and Thai, reflexology, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, neuromuscular assessment and therapy, lymphatic and Russian sports massage, injury techniques, trigger point therapy, and cranial sacral therapy.
The program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology, as well as integrative assessment and documentation. Students gain a solid understanding of the body, enabling them to effectively communicate with other health care professionals and create comprehensive treatment programs for their clients. Professional Ethics and Communication are taught through Cortiva Institute’s business and career development classes, along with training in laws and regulations. The program exceeds standards set by most state and municipal governments for licensing.

Gainful Employment Disclosures
35-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
70-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]

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Continuing education, for mind, body and spirit

Your license is just the beginning: the more you continue to learn, the more you’ll thrive.

Our continuing education programs evolve with industry trends to carry you throughout your career—and help you build the skills you’ll need to expand your practice, and grow your business.

Expert faculty focused on you

Our instructors are second to none: top professionals in their field who make your success their top priority.

Kathy, whose clients call her “The Muscle Whisperer,” brings her varied interests to the classroom as she imparts life skills in perseverance and fortitude to her students. A roller coaster fan, she sees challenges as worth both the risk and reward in all of life’s pursuits.

  • Graduate, Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Private practitioner
  • Former employee acupressure provider, Connecticut Valley Hospital
  • Volunteer, chair massage at wellness
  • Volunteer, post-event massage for cyclists
  • Black belt, Tae Kwon Do
  • Completed conflict resolution

Neal inspires a high level of professionalism in his students, applying his depth of clinical expertise to his mentoring role.

  • Teaches a wide variety of courses
  • Graduate, Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Private practitioner
  • Oncology massage therapist, Greenwich Hospital
  • Former member, National Certification Board
  • Licensed in Connecticut and New York

Kathy Saul, LMT

Kathy Saul, LMT

Neal Barry

Neal Barry

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