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Schedule of Classes

Fall  2021-22 Day Class
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM
Starts: September 20, 2021, and Graduation is March 10, 2022

Spring 2022 Day Class
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM
Starts: March 21, 2022 & Graduation is on September 1 , 2022

An excused absence requires a doctor’s note. Upon missing class, collection of handouts and assignments is the responsibility of the student. You will be asked to make up missed class hours. 

Course Curriculum

Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
While studying the entire body, special emphasis is placed on the Cardiovascular System, Metabolism, Neurology, and Pathology. Additional discussions include the physiology of Musculoskeletal Pathology, maintenance of health through prevention, and an introduction to the principles of nutrition. You will also study the bones and muscles of the body in depth along with the origin, insertion and action of the muscles.


Massage Therapy
History, theory, indications, contraindications, demonstrations, and practice of each of the following modalities…


Swedish Massage
This course is the first modality presented and is designed to teach students the application of Swedish massage including effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement, and joint movements. It emphasizes the use of proper body mechanics and self-care techniques and prepares the student to perform a full body massage.


This course covers a form of bodywork based on the theory of zone therapy in which specific spots on the feet or body correspond to internal organs or body systems. Reflexology can be all or part of a bodywork session.

Sports Massage
This course covers the application of a variety of sports massage techniques to ensure the health and well-being of the athlete and enhance athletic performance. It includes event, maintenance, and rehabilitative massage techniques. Stretching techniques are also addressed.


Chair Massage
Students learn a 20 minute chair massage routine that can be used in office settings to enhance performance or for clients unable to lie on a table. Marketing and promotion are also addressed in the class.


Neuromuscular Therapy
By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system.


Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)
Connective tissue massage is a total system of specialized soft tissue manipulation techniques originally developed in Europe between the two world wars. It is a good example of a treatment that produces a remote site effect; essentially, stimulation given to one part of the body has a profound effect on tissues apparently unrelated to the treatment site. As its name suggests, CTM is a system of manual techniques specifically aimed at affecting the connective tissues in the body, especially the skin.


Myofacial Release
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.


Awareness, Communication Skills, and Ethics
Classes in group dynamics and personal awareness will range from group play to use of personal journals, art, movement, sound, and stillness and silence. A variety of classes in communication give students therapeutic verbal skills to enable them to be available to clients as sensitive, caring practitioners without judging or advising. Ethics are integrated into each modality taught and explored in group discussions.


Business Practices
Class prepares students to understand the basic business aspects of a professional massage practice. Discussions include obtaining employment, setting up one’s own practice, finances, obtaining and keeping clients, business card design, brochure development, advertising, record keeping, working with the public, and interacting with insurance and the medical profession.


Courses will be offered at Lancaster School of Massage, and are required for graduation. Ephrata Community Hospital provides this education on-site at LSM.


Student Clinic Requirements
Each student will be required to work in the student clinic. These massages are scheduled after school hours.



Certified Aroma therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist Eileen Cristina introduces students to the specific qualities intrinsic to different massage oils and essential oils and offers ways to utilize these tools in their practice.


Admission Policy

Prospective students applying for the program must:
1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age, or older.
2. Submit a Student Application Form along with non-refundable application fee of  $75
3. Arrange for a personal interview with the school administrator.
4. Submit transcripts from high schools (GED), or college.
5. Be enrolling for the entire 600 hours of training. No modality or segment may be taken separately.

Students may be accepted for admission to the program any time prior to the beginning of a new class, providing there is still space available.

*Transfer of credits will be determined on an individual basis. Acceptance into the school is determined without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual preference.


Cost of Program

Tuition: $8,500.00
Deposit: $600.
00 (required to secure placement in the class, will be deducted from tuition)
CPR & First Aid Training: Approx. $37.00
Books: Range from $170 to $
350 (talk to us about how you can find your own used books)

All credit cards are happily accepted.

While financial aid is not available through government loans, we do work with students on payment arrangements. Generally, 1/3 of the tuition is due on or before the first day of school, the second payment 6 weeks later (9 weeks for night class) and the third payment 12 weeks from the start of class (18 weeks for night class). Other plans can be available by speaking with the Director.


Grading Scale

Student progress will be evaluated by written examinations and practical observations. When appropriate, certain classes will be graded on a pass or fail basis. Otherwise, our grading scale is as follows: A 100-90%, B 89-80%, C 79-70%, D 69-60%, F 59-0%.


Students must maintain a “C” average or better in all class work. Students falling below the school’s requirements will be placed on Academic Probation and may be dismissed from the school.


If you have questions or concerns regarding any policies, procedures, or any other matter, please contact us.



All classes are held at the Lancaster School of Massage. Deposits are non-refundable and must accompany your Student Application Form. Forms can be printed out and mailed, submitted in person, or for those technically savvy individuals, emailed. Deposits will apply toward the total cost of the course. Please call the school for the schedule for paying the remainder of tuition costs. If you do not receive a confirmation letter and receipt within 30 days of submittal, please contact us. Thank you for arriving 30 minutes early for your first class and be sure to have the required supplies. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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