Massage Therapy Schools in Exotic Locales

Craving adventure? Want to learn something new? Have an itch to travel? Maybe you should consider attending a massage therapy school in some far-off location. Not only will you learn valuable new skills, but you will be on vacation at the same time. Also, once you are equipped, you can offer your services in resorts, on cruise ships, in hotels and at local markets in the city youre exploring.


For around 5,000 baht approximately $150 USD you can attend a massage therapy school in Thailand. The course runs for 30 hours and the cost includes all books required. Choose from specialty subjects such as reflexology, pressure point massage and Thai herbal compresses.

During your studies, immerse yourself in Thai culture because these schools embrace spiritual tradition and enjoy musical accompaniment provided by visiting Lanna musicians.


The Institute of Natural Medicine in the Himalayas is more a natural retreat than a school, and yet it offers several courses for interested people. Their massage therapy school offers a 30-hour basic ($150 USD) and 100-hour advanced ($300 USD) course, both of which encapsulate the spiritual understanding that goes hand in hand with the beautiful Nepalese people. The course is supervised by qualified doctors and professors and is undertaken whilst staying at the center.

Costa Rica

Visit paradise, learn new skills and have the time of your life, all with a tropical backdrop. The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is no cheap-as-chips option. For around $12,000 USD, you and nineteen other students will spend four months living-in and studying in an intensive course designed to prepare you for the United States National Board Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

This is certainly a massage therapy school with a difference. You will live in beach campus accommodation with housekeeping provided. All meals, materials, equipment, accommodation and tuition are included plus you will learn how to surf, youll have the use of a fully equipped kitchen and have access to spectacular day trips.


For a truly life-changing experience, enroll in the massage therapy school at Green Mountain Institute for Integrative Therapy in Algarve, Portugal. Run by an accomplished husband and wife team with more than 20 years experience in counseling and bodywork, it provides a comprehensive training program. Students are accommodated in shared apartments, just a skip away from a magnificent beach. The Green Mountain program meets national certification requirements.


The Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in Bali, Indonesia offers a 50-hour Indonesian spa specialties course that will teach students unique treatments such as Balinese massage, Balinese Boreh and Royal Javanese Lulur. In addition to learning how to apply the hands-on techniques, students are taught how to create Indonesian spa packages and how to market their own practice.

Tuition in preparing treatments from traditional recipes using difficult-to-find ingredients is provided along with lessons on the history and culture of the Indonesian, and particularly the Balinese, people.

This school offers a range of other highly comprehensive courses as well. Choose from Body Systems plus Pathology, Anatomy: Bones and Muscles, and more.

If you thought that massage therapy schools were all about young ladies dressed in white uniforms practicing the same old techniques on rich clients, then youre not thinking outside the square. Allow yourself to dream of the ideal location for you to acquire training in the many and varied forms of massage therapy, and it probably exists.