The Valley School of Healing Arts is A Division of The Valley Spiritual Center and School of Healing Arts/
Franklin and Patricia Sterner, founders of the Valley Spiritual Center and School of Healing
Arts, also headed the Board of Directors as Co-chairpersons. The Valley Spiritual Center was
founded in 1974 and preceded the School by 26 years.
Tuition costs for the program in Therapeutic Massage are $12,497.00, paid
on a course-by-course basis (includes massage table, books, sheets, carrying case, holster, oils),
for Alternative Healing $7,889.00, and Reflexology 6144.00
Specified Required Courses (591 hours):
Therapeutic Massage 125
Anatomy and Physiology A and B 130
Myofascial Release I 45
Seminar: Flower Essences 4
Pregnancy and Infant Massage 12
Neuro-Muscular Therapy 36
Therapy for Cancer 8
Seminar: Aromatherapy I 6
Seminar: Aromatherapy II 6
Seminar: HIV and the Workplace 3
Tai Chi Beginnings 8
First Aid/CPR 8
Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy 12
Acupuncture Meridians 48
Chair Massage 32
Reiki I 14
109hr from Electives Available
Reiki II 14
Reiki III 7
Reiki Master Class 14
Karuna Reiki 20
Seminar: Magnified Healing 18
Taste of Tai Chi 30
Rooting Pine Exercises 5
Myofascial Release II 32
Getting Started in Homeopathy 24
Methods in Homeopathy 24
Seminar: Flower Essence Therapy 4
Shiatsu II 30
Integrated Energy Therapy—Basic 8
Integrated Energy Therapy—Intermediate 8
Integrated Energy Therapy—Advanced 8
Integrated Energy Therapy—Healing Angels 8
Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets 8
Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor 16
Getting Started in Herbal Simpling 24
Advanced Herbal Simpling 24
LomiLomi Sacred Massage 32
Shiatsu I 45
Introduction to Oriental Medicine 30
The mission of the Academy of Health is to advance the art and science of massage therapy and bodywork through professional collaboration, public outreach, research, and innovative education.
The Academy is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation, the Academy places emphasis and resources solely on advancing its mission.
The Diploma in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork is a 612 classroom hour program to prepare the graduate for licensure by the State of Wisconsin as a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist.
As a result of our program, our graduates will:
- Become a licensed massage and bodywork therapist through successful completion ostate and massage and bodywork licensure exams.
- Provide therapeutic massage and bodywork services.
- Apply knowledge of human anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology in the practice of
therapeutic massage and bodywork.
- Prepare a professional treatment area.
- Assess needs of clients through intake processes.
- Create and execute appropriate treatment plans.
- Modify massage and bodywork services in response to contraindications to treatment.
- Educate clients on treatment plans.
- Accommodate client requests during massage and bodywork services.
- Adapt skills to meet the needs of a diverse clientele.
- Use effective communication skills throughout the massage and bodywork sessions.
- Complete post-massage and bodywork assessments and educate clients on future treatment plans.
- Safely maintain massage equipment and facility.
- Follow standard safety and sanitation precautions and emergency procedures.
- Demonstrate self-regulation, ethics, and professional appearance.
- Perform massage and bodywork within the professional scope of practice as defined in the state of Wisconsin statutes.
- Abide by the recommended standards of practice and code of ethics as issued by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
- Follow therapeutic massage and bodywork business practices.
- Use professional verbal, nonverbal, and written business communications.
- Schedule appointments.
- Maintain patient records.
- Perform financial transactions.
- Maintain office inventory.
- Utilize technology for use in promotion, scheduling, recording keeping, and client
Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the controlling entity of the Academy.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Montoya
Our Founder and President (Chief School Administrator):
Dr. Jeffrey S. Montoya
- Hybrid Learning
Students learn anatomy and physiology of the body as it relates to soft tissue injury and treatment. Students engage in supervised “hands-on” training in traditional Swedish massage and other modalities such as hydrotherapy, sports massage, clinical protocols, chair massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, lymphatic massage, and therapeutic spa treatments.
Students are certified in CPR.
This program equips the graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the requirements of an entry-level Massage Therapist and the ability to assume such a position. After passing the MBLEX exam and gaining licensure through the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering students will be eligible for positions in a wide range of health related workplaces such as: sports medicine clinics, orthopedic offices, physical/occupational therapy, assisted living facilities or naturopathic clinic are possible options for graduates.
Total Classroom Hrs: 520
Total Student Clinic Hrs: 180 (on ground in our massage clinic)
Total Program Hrs: 700
Total Weeks: 33 Including Student Clinic
Our day on-ground program has the students attend Monday through Thursday from 8am to 1pm. The day is split with half lab and half lecture.
Our hybrid program meets 2 nights a week from 5:30 to 10:30pm and does lab only with no in person lecture. The course work and supporting lecture material is done online. The student clinic hours require students to attend a minimum of 20 hours a week. Student clinic is done after all the course work is completed.
Community Higher Ed (CHE) is a non-profit 501( c )(3) corporation with the mission to advance the purpose of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College through active engagement, advocacy, fundraising, and stewardship.
- Hybrid Learning
AH110 Career and Life Development
MT111 Massage Therapy as a Profession
MT113 Law and Ethics/HIPAA
MT115 Medical Terminology & Body Systems
MT217 Skeletal System
MT118 Spa Management and Tools of the Trade
MT121 Muscular System
MT123 Nervous System
MT124 Allied Modalities
MT127 Sanitation, Safety, & Hygiene
MT129 Endocrine System & Reflexology
MT132 Integumentary & Respiratory Systems/CPR
MT133 Urinary and Reproductive Systems
MT137 Wellness Components
MT138 Digestive System and Special Populations
MT211 Asian Bodywork Therapy
HMT213 Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy: Extremities
MT215 Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy: Torso
MT222 Clinical Applications & Sports Massage
MT223 Therapeutic Spa
MT226 Lymphatic and Cardiovascular Systems
MT227 Biomechanics and Kinesiology
MT229 Business and Marketing
MT300 Certification Review
EXT200 Externship Student Massage Clinic
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