Course of Instruction:

Since 1981, the Calistoga Massage Therapy School has offered a comprehensive course in massage therapy emphasizing Swedish massage. Deep Tissue, Sports, Reflexology and Trigger Point fundamentals are integrated with the teaching. Our basic program is designed to instill the necessary skills required to seek employment in many settings. As a chiropractor and alternative medicine practitioner, Dr. Ticen has worked with the instructors to develop a system of massage therapy designed to protect the physical health and integrity of the massage therapist. This is accomplished by the proper use of body mechanics in the application of massage techniques. These techniques are acquired by hands-on instruction and practice coupled with informative lectures on human anatomy and physiology. Introductory explanations of intuitive healing and energy transfer between practitioner and client are included. Thorough discussions on business practices and ethics prepare students to function professionally in all settings. The program is designed to accommodate students with little to moderate experience. It is also ideal for people who have been practicing for some time and are now ready to fulfill state requirements for certification. Instructors work with each student individually and pace each class according to the students prior experience and aptitude. We create a personal, comfortable and effective learning environment that is both fun and challenging. Though there are no written tests, students must perform a hands-on final examination with their instructor. Extensive feedback is exchanged throughout the course to build the confidence and skills required to obtain employment and/or develop a private practice upon completion.

Graduation & Graduation Rate:

Upon completion of the Basic 150 hours course and attendance of 150 hours the student will receive a final test in the form of giving a pass-fail satisfactory massage to the instructor. This massage final can be repeated as necessary, with the passing of this massage test, a certificate of merit will be granted. Graduation rate is over 85%.

Entrance Requirements and Class Size:

We welcome any person with an earnest interest in learning more about massage therapy. Students must be at least 18 years of age, or be a high school graduate. Younger students may be accepted with parental consent. We offer individualized instruction and limit class size to a maximum of 10 students per instructor. The average class size is 8. A four-student minimum is needed to start a new class. To ensure placement in a class, students must register with initial payment at least 7 days prior to the class start date. Late registration will be accepted on the first day of class. Special late enrollment may take place after the first day depending upon the class, the class size and the instructor. English as a second language instruction is not provided.

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Granting of Credit:

This Massage School normally does not accept credit from non state licensed schools. Provisions for granting up to 25% credit is made provided the following criteria is met. Upon enrollment, the student will be asked to list any previous education, training, or experience in the area of massage or body work. If it is recent enough, sufficiently thorough and relevant, appropriate credit may be allowed at the discretion of the school administration. The course length may be shortened and the fees proportioned. The student records will document any such action taken. The Calistoga Massage Therapy School does not accept credit for courses of massage involving correspondence (though-the-mail) instruction. Additionally, no more than 25% of the total hours of massage in a course may be granted for pervious equivalent education or training.

School Refunds:

The student may receive full refund of tuition less the registration fee of $50 if he/she cancels the, "Model Enrollment Agreement" prior to or on the first day of instruction. In addition, the student may withdraw from a course after instruction has started and received a prorated refund for the unused portion of the tuition and other refundable charges if the student has completed 60% or less of the instruction. Students will receive a prorated refund within 30 days of written notification of withdrawal.

Records & Facilities:

This institution, the facilities it occupies and the equipment it utilized fully complies with any and all Federal, State and Local ordinances and regulations, including those requirements as to fire safety, building safety and health. Enrollees are advised and cautioned that State Law requires this educational institution to maintain school and student records for no more than a five year period.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund:

The student Tuition Recovery Fund(STRF) was established by the Legislature to protect any California resident who attends a post secondary institution from losing money if you prepaid tuition and suffered a financial loss as a result of the school closing; failing to live up to its enrollment agreement; or, refusing to pay a court judgment. To be eligible, you must be a, "California resident" and reside in California at the time the enrollment is signed or when you received lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction. Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who hold student visas, are not considered a "California resident." To qualify for STRF reimbursement you must file a STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the council that the school is closed. If you do not receive notice from the bureau, you have 4 years from the date of closure to file a STRF application. If a judgment is obtained, you must file a STRF application within 2 years of the final judgment. It is important that you keep copies of the enrollment agreement, financial aid papers, receipts or any other information that documents the moneys paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may by directed to the Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education, 1027-10th St., Fourth Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916)327-7190 The Calistoga Massage Therapy School at 2801 Yupula Ave. # B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 was granted license to operate from the Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education pursuant to California Education Code Section 94311. The Bureau's License to operate means that the institution and its operation comply with the standards established under law for occupational instruction by private post secondary educational institutions. Course complaisance must be renewed annually and is subject to continuing review.

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School Policy Regarding Dismissal:

At the discretion of the administration, a student may be dismissed for intoxication/use of drugs, possession of weapons at school, behavior creating health or safety hazards, and for disobedient or disrespectful behavior.

Placement Assistance:

Help in finding employment with the many local massage Spas will be given; however, no guarantee for placement is made.

Drop-Out/ Leave-of- Absense Policies:

Students may return and finish with any future class that is not full and the instructor feels the class will not be disrupted.

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