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Handcrafted Healing & Wellness

Are you looking for a career change? Or have you always been interested in helping people reach their health and wellness goals? The Massage Therapy program at American Institute of Beauty (AIB) can prepare you to become a licensed Massage Therapist and Bodyworker; giving you the potential to provide your clients with customizable therapeutic relaxation, stress-reduction, and help ease specific health complications such as muscle spasms, neck, back, and sciatic pain. The world of Massage Therapy is vast; with versatile career opportunities, flexible schedules, and an in-demand skillset. The job market outlook for Massage Therapists is expected to grow faster (20%) than the national average (5%) over the next 10 years!

The Massage Therapy Program is only offered at our Largo Campus.

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What Can I Learn in AIB’s
Massage Therapy Program?

At AIB, we believe the best way to learn and retain knowledge is through action. You will have the opportunity to study different techniques in Massage Therapy that aid in relaxation and stress-reduction, and apply these skills in a real-world spa setting on actual guests. By the end of the program, you can gain an understanding of the human body, common diseases and ailments, and how to provide your guests with a comprehensive treatment plan.

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The Education

Our goal is to help you prepare to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx). Passing this exam means you are a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida. To do this, we break up your educational experience into phases that each build on each other. You can see more details about the topics you will learn in the sidebar above. Throughout the phases, you can learn the foundational principles, theory, and history behind massage therapy with a clinical focus on manual massage techniques to include the use of Swedish and chair massage.

As you continue in our Massage Therapy program, you’ll dive deeper into the world of health and wellness, with the opportunity to touch on holistic therapy approaches. You will learn a variety of allied massage therapy modalities including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, and neuromuscular therapy techniques. You will also learn the theory behind and application of hydrotherapy, where you will focus on how to incorporate water in its three forms (liquid, steam, and ice) as part of the healing and therapeutic process. Our Massage Therapy program also covers everything you would need to know to take the State Board exam to become licensed along with job placement preparation, business and marketing skills, and professional ethics.

Tech-Forward Beauty Education

At AIB, we know that in today’s day and age, part of becoming successful in the beauty industry is understanding and using technology. That’s why we use the Milady CIMA digital learning platform. This platform enhances the in-person classroom experience, offering additional tools and educational content on top of the training you receive from our knowledgeable, licensed educators. Each of our programs includes 24/7 access to the comprehensive, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use, digital platform.

Our Milady CIMA program offers a visual and collaborative experience that promotes the use of technology, efficiency, and the delivery of educational content that supports various learning styles.

What Does a Future in
Massage Therapy Look Like?

Wondering what careers are waiting for licensed massage therapists? The world of health and wellness is broad! There are so many opportunities available! Here are a few potential careers you could pursue after licensure:

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Have you decided American Institute of Beauty may be the right school for you? Contact our admissions team by giving us a call or filling out the form. From there, we’ll reach out to you to schedule your personal tour, so you can get an inside look of our school and start the enrollment process. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get started on your future as a licensed Massage Therapist!

Massage Therapy School FAQs

When you’re looking to enroll in a massage therapy program, there are a few questions you’ll want answered right away. We’re here to address the most commonly asked questions about starting massage school so you can get the info you need to make a decision that changes your life. You want to do this, and we want to help!

1 How Long is the Massage Therapy Program?

The Massage Therapy program is 600 clock hours. During that time you’ll start building a foundation of massage therapy and bodywork skills, techniques, and services!

2 How Long Will It Take to Complete the Program?

You can complete our massage therapy program in as little as five months*! 

*Based on a full-time schedule.

3 What Schedules Are the Programs Offered In?

You can take our massage therapy program in either a full-time day, part-time day or part-time evening schedule.

4 what locations provide the massage therapy course?

The Massage Therapy program is currently only offered at our Largo campus.

5 how do you transfer to AIB?

For questions on transferring to American Institute of Beauty, please contact our Admissions team!

Largo Campus: 727-532-2125

6 when do classes start?

Class start dates vary by program and campus.

What Are My Options for Funding My Education?

1 Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Both campus locations in Largo and St. Petersburg offer financial aid.  Your future is worth funding. Don’t be afraid to learn more about what options are available for investing in a career you love.

2 Veterans’ Training

We are approved to offer veterans’ training by the Veterans Administration. A variety of veterans’ training benefits can be used at AIB, including your POST-9/11 GI Bill®. You love to help others, let us help you make it your career here in Florida!

Dependents and spouses of veterans may also be eligible. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

3 Florida Prepaid

Florida Prepaid is a great way to fund your education, and it’s not limited to traditional colleges. If your loved ones have put money away for you to invest in yourself, you can use it to help fund your beauty education at AIB!

4 Scholarships

External Scholarships

AIB provides access to many different external scholarships to students who have enrolled in our full specialist program. Each external scholarship has its own requirements and availability throughout the year. The criteria for each external scholarship is unique. For more information visit: Beauty Changes Lives | Scholarships

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Ready to get started on a career you love? Contact us to learn more about enrolling in one of our year-round programs! Your future can’t wait.

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The Extras at AIB

We like to go above and beyond in providing for our students. That’s why we offer a few extras at AIB!

1 Career Days

AIB hosts industry-leading employers in our communities from all aspects of the beauty industry to come in and connect with our students on career days. You can meet potential employers, do mock interviews, and you might even land a job before you graduate!

2 Career Assistance

We offer lifetime career placement assistance. You can come back any time after you graduate and we’ll help you find opportunities. We can also help you mock interview and fine-tune your resume.

3 Guest Speakers and Industry Leaders

We bring in guest speakers to talk about expectations, desired skills, and share their experience in the beauty industry. We also bring in industry leaders to demonstrate what is trending and hot in the beauty industry. You can have the chance to meet and interact with beauty industry professionals!

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

St. Petersburg Campus
2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*