International Professional School of Bodywork9025 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
Prepare for a career that you'll love… in massage therapy!
Massage therapy is a flexible and rewarding career in which you do not only take care of others- you also take care of yourself! You can work in a resort spa, cruise ship, medical office, sports clinic, destination spa, or a day spa close to home. You can even start your own private practice!
Why choose IPSB?
The International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) was founded in 1977, and is the only school in California accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). IPSB was founded to teach massage therapy combining a focus on cultivating excellent technique, body mechanics, and movement with consciousness- raising techniques to touch the mind, body, and spirit. IPSB is noted for its commitment to excellence, the quality of its faculty and staff, as well as its students and graduates.
IPSB's holistic health and somatic curriculum is designed to:
Essentials of Massage & Bodywork
This course provides a foundational level of training for the new practitioner. The Essentials of Massage & Bodywork course (10.0 units and 120 hours of classroom instruction) is the foundation for learning at IPSB, for either professional training or personal growth and spiritual development. It is the prerequisite for the Massage Therapy Certificate Program and the foundation for the college's philosophical approach to learning. It gives the student a solid core of skills, knowledge, and experiential understanding of the integration of Body-Mind-Emotions-Spirit through the work of holistic body practices. Students should anticipate approximately two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of instruction time.
The coursework is based on a three centers concept: the physical, emotional, and intellectual. The physical center relates to the physical instinct and the concept of being grounded and able to take care of our needs. The emotional center relates to the heart and flow of emotions to the outside world. The intellectual center relates to being aware of the outside world, organizing the senses, and understanding what is going on. These centers are seen as corresponding to areas of the body: the physical center relates to the legs and lower abdomen; the emotional center to the chest, arms and thorax; and the intellectual center, to the head and neck. The Essentials of Massage & Bodywork course is designed to create an opening and integration of these centers in the student so that they can help balance and open these in others.
The Massage Therapy Program (MT) teaches several different hands-on techniques, a strong focus on professional and successful business practices. This program consists of 52 credits, (617 hours of instruction time) and requires the Essentials of Massage & Bodywork course as a prerequisite. The MT program meets the local city and county of San Diego requirements as well as the voluntary certification program for the state of California to become a licensed Massage Therapist and qualifies students to sit for the Board Certification Exam by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). It provides a basic well-rounded education in hands-on bodywork techniques most commonly expected by employers and the general public. It blends the three centers approach from the Essentials of Massage & Bodywork course with the practical application of session design, anatomy, and physiology needed to properly asses client needs and determine appropriate bodywork applications. Students should anticipate approximately two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of instruction time.
Holistic Health Practitioner Program
The Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) Program includes all the coursework required for the Massage Therapy program, the Essentials of Massage & Bodywork course, and an additional 22.5 credits that permit students to take a therapeutic massage concentration, additional massage hands-on classes and professional development coursework. This program consists of a total of 84.5 credits, (1,022 hours of instruction time) and meets the local city and county of San Diego requirements as well as the voluntary certification program for the state of California to become a licensed Massage Therapist and qualifies students to sit for the Board Certification Exam by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). In the HHP program, students begin study in a specialized area of bodywork. The required courses shape communication with clients and develop an effective somatic vocabulary. This upper level massage training grooms the student as a true professional, competent in one or more specialty area, and able to contribute in a variety of massage settings including clinics, spas and private practice. Many major categories of bodywork are presented along with a selection of specialized certificate courses. Students should anticipate approximately two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of instruction time.
The Associate of Science in Holistic Health (AS) Program includes all the course work required for the Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Practitioner certificate programs, and an additional 21.0 credits. The AS program consists of 105.5 credits, (1,247 hours of instruction time) and meets local city and county of San Diego requirements as well as the voluntary certification program for the state of California to become a licensed Massage Therapist and qualifies students to sit for the Board Certification Exam by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). The AS program allows the student to advance his/her skills and have competence in a broad range of somatic modalities while earning an Associate's degree. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to work as self-employed private practice therapists and as advanced level practitioners in spas, health clinics, medical offices, chiropractic offices, hotels and resorts. Students should anticipate approximately two hours of out-of-class work for each hour of instruction time.
Bodywork Specialization Certificates
IPSB offers bodywork specialization courses that encourage students to explore in depth a particular discipline within the broader field of massage and bodywork. These therapeutic methods are effective for working closely with Eastern or Western models, providing the therapist with a clear understanding and ability to interact with professionals in those environments.
IPSB is approved to offer Title IV funding and Federal Student Financial Aid in the form of Pell Grants, Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans to students who qualify. Programs eligible for Federal Financial Aid are the Massage Therapy Program, Holistic Health Practitioner Program and Associate Science degree. Prerequisite course is also approved for Financial Aid loans for those who qualify.
Continuing Education Approvals
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