Why Choose McKinnon

  • Programs and courses offer solid foundations as well as a variety of techniques and modalities to suit beginners or established professionals seeking continuing education.
  • Courses feature an excellent balance between lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice. Most courses incorporate hands-on learning, so you’ll be prepared to work in your field.
  • Tuition structure and paths to certification and practice are the most competitive, flexible, and time-efficient in the Bay Area.
  • All McKinnon instructors are current practitioners in the field.
  • Many advanced courses include on-site clinics and off-site field trips. These experiences offer opportunities to work directly with the populations discussed in class.
  • Our 250-, 500-, and 1000-Hour Programs can be customized, so that you may choose the styles of bodywork that interest you the most.
  • Courses are scheduled in a variety of ways – mornings, days, weekends, evenings, and intensives – to suit your pace and financial/scheduling needs.
  • Our cost per classroom hour is very reasonable compared with other schools.
  • There are significant certificate program discounts for continuing/returning students and for full advance payment for certificate programs.
  • We charge 0% interest for payment plans, AND you won’t have a large student loan to pay off after you graduate.

Choose from one of our three massage training programs:

250-Hour Program

If you are exploring massage therapy as a possible career option, begin with our Massage Foundations Program. Combine Swedish with either Shiatsu & Acupressure Foundations or Deep Tissue Foundations to fulfill your hours. Program benefits include personalized program support and instructor feedback. If you prefer to begin your exploration with courses other than those listed for this program, you are welcome to do so: hours would count toward the 500-hour program, should you decide to pursue it. (read more)

500-Hour Program

If your goal is to become a professional Massage Therapist, we recommend the 500-hour program. Hours from all courses and electives offered at McKinnon count toward the 500-hour total. 500-Hour Program benefits include complimentary student membership/liability insurance through ABMP, personal instructor feedback, and additional program/career support. In California, 500 hours of education from an approved school and a passing score on the MBLEx are required for Certified Massage Therapist status (information is available at www.camtc.org). (read more)

1000-Hour Program

If you have completed the 500-Hour Massage Therapist Program and desire the highest level of preparation and distinction, you may continue your education by completing an additional 500 hours of coursework at McKinnon BTC. Through one-on-one meetings with Senior Faculty, you receive additional support to help you reach your goals. Private tutorials and clinic work are required in addition to coursework. Candidates must complete an application and successfully pass an interview process before being accepted into this program. (read more)

We also offer a wide range of Continuing Education and Community Workshops:
Tui NaCraniosacralEsalenTMThai MassageReflexologyPrenataland more

Open House

Join us for Open House on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm. Learn about Programs and courses, get a feel for our intimate campus, and let us help you create a schedule that will fulfill your goals. Meet an instructor and receive an ‘in-class’ experience. No need to sign up: just come by! (Casual Tours of the school are also held Mondays at 2:30 pm and Wednesdays at 10 am)

Open House Dates:
06/07/16 – Tuesday 6p – 8p
07/11/16 – Tuesday 6p – 8p
08/02/16 – Tuesday 6p – 8p

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Practice Sessions

Build confidence and improve your craft through weekly practice sessions with McKinnon instructors. Practice sessions are hands-on: be prepared to trade and stay the entire session. Held every Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm, practice sessions are an opportunity for existing students and alumni to hone their skills and get some valuable, out-of-class practice time. Practice sessions are only open to McKinnon grads and current students. Practice Sessions are free for current students and $10 an evening for former students.

Practice Session Dates:
05/08/16 – Sunday 6p-9p KATHLEEN
05/15/16 – Sunday 6p-9p INDIA
05/22/16 – Sunday 6p-9p CARL
05/29/16 – *NO PRACTICE SESSION*

Quick Links

Former students from McKinnon BTC, Acupressure Institute, or BTC in Palo Alto can request transcripts for $15 each and have them sent to the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) or to another address. Call today!

Coming soon! Current McKinnon students will be able to make payments (Visa or MasterCard only) of any amount through this website. All information will be encrypted prior to submission and kept completely private upon receipt.

Got questions? No matter if you are a prospective, current, or former student, McKinnon encourages you to use our “Ask A Question” form on the Contact Us page to get the assistance you need make decisions about your massage career!

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