University description (as per official university website)
About the School
Hands on Therapy School offers the technical and artistic aspects of massage therapy. The school offers basic, advanced and master massage therapy programs. Continuing education classes are also available. Hands on Therapy School uses a multi-instructor approach. The students are encouraged to develop their own brand of massage.
* Basic Massage Therapy program - Prepares students in basic massage technique and provides knowledge needed to fulfill registration requirements for Texas. The program covers Swedish massage, PAK, anatomy, physiology, health and hygiene, pathology, hydrotherapy and business practices. The program takes 14 weeks to complete. The program includes an internship at the school's clinic.
* Master Massage Therapist program - Provides extended education and the training needed to meet students needs for occupational placement which requires more education. The program is also for those that want to take a national test. The program covers interviewing clients, visual and physical assessment and application of modalities. Students can place emphasis on a specific area. The program can be completed in 5 to 10 months.
* Advanced Massage Therapist program - Provides extended education and the training needed to meet students needs for occupational placement which requires more education. The program is also for those that want to take a national test. The program covers identifying and using modalities associated with specific conditions. The program covers Swedish massage, pathology, hydrotherapy, kinesiology, business practices and other subjects. The program also includes electives. The program can be completed in 4 to 7 months. The program includes an internship.
History of School
After eleven years as a practicing Massage Therapist and managing Massage Therapy programs for various businesses, Carolyn Scott Naile saw a need for better education and training of the beginning Therapist. She developed a curriculum, and in June 1991 Carolyn started a class of six students in her home. Shortly into this venture, Carolyn realized that her future would be focused in the education field of the bodywork industry. With the support of her family and every member of that initial class, Carolyn secured an educational facility and the needed state requirements from Texas Department of Health to operate a recognized educational facility.
HandsOn Therapy School of Massage opened October 1, 1991. HandsOn Therapy retained a unique position within their field of educational training. They offered flexible schedules so that potential students could train while still retaining their current employment. The school provided an on-site Intern Clinic that provided their students with a stable source of massage clients to fulfill their registration requirements. And, they offered in-school financing programs to make training affordable for the majority of persons desiring a career in the bodywork industry.
Since that time, the School’s student capacity and educational resources have rapidly grown while continuing its initial dedication to individual student growth and industry excellence. In 1994, the school was accepted as a part of the AMTA Council of Schools.
Advanced study for students was offered beginning 1996 when HandsOn Therapy became a Category “A” Provider for National Certification. Building a larger, state of the art facility in 2000 allowed HandsOn Therapy to expand their continuing education program. In 2001 they began offering weekly 6 hour workshops that fulfill the annual state requirements for licensed therapists and offer the technique variety which was being displayed in the workplace. As the industry matured, so did the school’s offerings. Certificate programs that offer students specialized advanced study and endorsement were developed in 2002, and continue to grow and adapt to the needs of potential employers and clients