Phoenix Massage Therapy School
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Southwest campus:
6600 Harwin Suite 101
Houston, TX 77036

Northwest Campus:
2611 FM 1960 West Suite H-100
Houston, TX 77068

Phone Number:
School Infos: 713-974-5976
Book a massage: 713-974-3563

Open House Orientation:
SW Campus Wednesday & Thursday @ 7:00pm by appointment.
NW Campus Thursday @ 6:30pm by appointment.
Please call 713.974.5976 or email us info@themassageschool.com

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What is the Phoenix School in Houston, Texas?

The Phoenix Massage Therapy School in Houston, Texas is a state approved school offering quality education in the healing arts. Established in 1986, the eighth school registered in the state, we are now one of the longest running schools in Texas. We have two campuses open in the Houston area. In our eleven years, we have graduated over 500 professionals to the rewarding field of Therapeutic Massage.

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What does "Holistic" mean?

In studying massage and bodywork from a "holistic" aspect, we take the whole person into consideration not only their aches and pains. Considering the whole greater than the sum, allows the Phoenix therapist to personalize the massage. Holistic Massage developed at the Phoenix School is an integral part of this holistic protocol. Holistic Massage develops a massage plan precisely tailored to the client's constitution. Outstanding results are experienced by the client. Holistic Massage is published in major journals in massage and bodywork including The Encyclopedia of Bodywork. Holistic Massage was created at the Phoenix School of Holistic Health and is introduced in the Basic Program.

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What do we teach?

The Phoenix School offers the basic 300 hour course for certification in massage therapy as well as an outstanding graduate program. In the beginning program, you will receive instruction in both traditional and classical Swedish massage technique as taught by per Henry Ling.

Special emphasis in the basic course is placed on Massage Body Mechanicssm. Massage Body Mechanicssm is the necessary ingredient for giving massage in a stress free, manner. There is simply nothing better anywhere! Massage Body Mechanicssm was developed at the Phoenix School of Holistic Health and will compose the chapter, "The Science of Table & Body Mechanics," in the upcoming edition of Massage Therapy: Principles & Practices (by W.B. Saunders Publishing Co.).

Integral to the core curriculum, you will receive thorough training in Anatomy and Physiology, Hydrotherapy, Health and Hygiene and Business Practices and Professional Ethics. This basic course work is 250 hours. Upon completion, the student enters the Intern Clinic for 50 clinic hours where s/he provides massage to the public.

Our graduate program brings together the leaders in body therapy from around the world. Our motto for the graduate program is "Only the Best Will Teach." This is a world class training program given to the students who seek the high level skills as well as additional hours for other states where required. Throughout the two programs, Phoenix provides high quality holistic health instruction and a truly supportive faculty and staff.

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About Us

The Phoenix School of Holistic Health is a state approved school offering quality education in the healing arts. Established in 1986, the eighth school registered in the state, we are now one of the longest running schools in Texas. We have two campuses open in the Houston area. In our eleven years, we have graduated over 500 professionals to the rewarding field of Therapeutic Massage.

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Mission and Vision

Mission

To educate qualified students to become highly skilled professionals in Massage therapy and its allied subjects. Emphasis is placed on Swedish Remedial Gymnastics Holistic Massagesm, and Massage Body Mechanicssm.

Vision

We at Phoenix School of Holistic Health envision the day when all natural health care methods are readily available for those who choose holistic ways of maintaining their health.

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Letter From Director

Welcome to Holistic Health and Massage. It has been said that a road has a beginning and an end but a path is a journey that provides unending discovery. This is true of the path of holistic health.

The forms of healing I've experienced along the way over the past years have transformed the way I view the world. They have transformed my body and my mind in countless positive ways, indeed in ways I could not have imagined. The outcome is that I am more alive now and I am more aware.

Many wondrous experiences are in store for you, I am sure. What the holistic health path requires the most is an open mind and heart. Other qualities that are brought out are commitment, strength, love and a sense of adventure. When you come to PSHH with an empty cup we will be glad to fill it.

As you become more aware of the personal effects of massage therapy, you will want to learn more. All the while your ability to help others expands and deepens.

Phoenix School of Holistic Health offers you a strong foundation in massage taught from a holistic perspective that views the client multidimensional - body, mind & spirit.

The holistic way at PSHH places emphasis on de-stressing and empowering you, the therapist-to-be. The curriculum lays a strong foundation in Swedish technique both classic and modern and includes Holistic Massagesm. The teaching methods focus on learning-by-doing but mostly on learning-by-having-fun-doing! What you experience by these methods stays with you more than lecture alone.

Anatomically speaking PSHH utilizes innovative techniques such as Muscle of the Week Class to bring the course alive.

PSHH has advanced the field of massage therapy in the creation of Massage Body Mechanicssm and Holistic Massagesm both published in national journals and introduced in our Basic Program. Holistic Massagesm is a formal method to determine massage parameter and deliver the most suitable modalities for the constitution of the client. Massage Body Mechanicssm is unsurpassed in keeping stresses out of the shoulders and back. These two certainly keep alive the field of massage for you.

Our Graduate Program has brought to Texas the masters of the Body Therapy Movement from around the world. We have learned more than we ever expected. We have indeed been enlightened and inspired by the leaders. We owe our mentors a debt of gratitude. This can only be repaid in passing the information to the next generation of therapists.

Opportunities in massage therapy have never looked better. Employment can include private practice or associated practice with holistically oriented doctors. Massage therapy is listed first under "Best Career to Enjoy Life While You WorK" (Modern Maturity Magazine, Oct 94). Compensation for massage therapy is well above average.

Massage therapists spend more time with their clients than any other health care modality. The personal rewards of communicating through touch are many fold. Massage Therapy is a path of many dimensions that I recommend highly.

William Barry
DIRECTOR

William Barry, B.S., L.Ac., R. M. T., M. T. I., studied Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Barry is licensed as an Acupuncture Physician, and is a registered Massage Therapy Instructor since 1986. He completed a two year long training in myofascial therapy. He is certified in Tui Na Functional and Structural Massage from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. He also has completed training in numerous healing modalities from Reflexology to Sports Massage. He is co-founder of the Phoenix School of Holistic Health. He has created Holistic Massage as well as Massage Body Mechanics which are published in many journals & texts including, The Encyclopedia of Bodywork.

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Faculty

PSHH has assembled an outstanding group of holistic practitioners to serve as faculty. As holistic practitioners PSHH teachers bring a practical understanding and depth to the field of massage therapy. They come from practices in Nutrition, Holistic Massagesm, Chiropractic and Acupuncture among others.

Each and every instructor is a facilitator to the student in his plan to enter the holistic health field. Teachers work in a cooperative partnership with the student to maximize his learning experience. Every instructor is sincerely caring and supportive of the student in his search for excellence.

Bill Flocco - President of the American Academy of Reflexology. Mr. Flocco has completed a study on Reflexology for PMS and documented 46% reduction in symptoms. Results were published in the "American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology". Mr. Flocco has conducted two world tours and has appeared on "CBS This Morning." In addition to numerous workshops, Mr. Flocco offered the longest training in Ear, Hand, and Foot Reflexology in North America through AHHS.

William Leigh - Considered the "Dean of Bodyworkers." Mr. Leigh is the protégé of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Tanouye Roshi, the only such person with these credentials. Altogether we have received two years training from one of the founders of Body Therapy in America.

Steve Marshal- Mr. Marshall is a former Director of Bodywork Training at Kripalu Center. Mr. Marshall presented a training on Polarity Therapy.

Stuart Mauro - O.M.D., C.A. is a faculty member of the Santa Fe College of National Medicine and is Director of the Sandhill Crane Institute. Mr. Mauro has presented numerous trainings over the years to include "Pre-Menstrual Syndrome Workshop," Basics of Cranial-Sacral Ortho-biological Technique," among others.

David Nickel - Licensed Oriental Medical Doctor in California. Dr. Nickel regularly works with Olympic Teams in the sports of track and field, swimming, and powerlifting. When Ed Conn broke 5 world records in powerlifting in 1985, he stated " I want to especially thank Dr. Nickel and his Acupressure Treatments - that helped me break these world records today." Dr. Nickel offered a series of Four in Acupressure utilizing his popular text, Acupressure for Athletes.

McKenzie Stewart - A senior instructor in The Healing Tao Center in Rochester, N.J. Mr. Stewart has taught Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Microcosmic Orbit, Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds.

Stewart Taws - President of the Bristish Sports Medicine Foundation. Stewart Taws is a sports rehabilitation therapist from England, a graduate from the prestigious London School of Sports Massage and the founder of the British Institute of Sports Therapy (UK). Taws has traveled extensively throughout Europe with the British Athletic Track and Field Team, working with World and Olympic Gold Medalists. Mr. Taws has presented level one and two Soft Tissue Release (STR).

Carol Watkins - Licensed Acupuncturist, Nurse, Massage Therapist, and lifelong protëgë of Dr. Mishra, M.D. world renown master in the classical discipline including Ayurvedic Medicine. Ms. Watkins president on the interrelation of the "Element" points of the body. The pleasure principle of harmonious hormonal and neurological well-being.

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Programs

The Phoenix School offers the basic 300 hour course for certification in massage therapy as well as an outstanding graduate program. In the beginning program, you will receive instruction in both traditional and classical Swedish massage technique as taught by per Henry Ling.

Special emphasis in the basic course is placed on Massage Body Mechanicssm. Massage Body Mechanicssm is the necessary ingredient for giving massage in a stress free, manner. There is simply nothing better anywhere! Massage Body Mechanicssm was developed at the Phoenix School of Holistic Health and will compose the chapter, "The Science of Table & Body Mechanics," in the upcoming edition of Massage Therapy: Principles & Practices (by W.B. Saunders Publishing Co.).

Integral to the core curriculum, you will receive thorough training in Anatomy and Physiology, Hydrotherapy, Health and Hygiene and Business Practices and Professional Ethics. This basic course work is 250 hours. Upon completion, the student enters the Intern Clinic for 50 clinic hours where s/he provides massage to the public.

Our graduate program brings together the leaders in body therapy from around the world. Our motto for the graduate program is "Only the Best Will Teach." This is a world class training program given to the students who seek the high level skills as well as additional hours for other states where required. Throughout the two programs, Phoenix provides high quality holistic health instruction and a truly supportive faculty and staff.

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Certification Program

The Phoenix School Certification Program of 300 hours is a state approved program leading to Registration as a Massage Therapist in Texas. The Phoenix Program is a careful integration of two principal areas: Swedish Massage and Allied Sciences.

Swedish Massage ( 125 hrs)

Swedish Massage comprises 125 hours of the 300 hour program. The student will receive both theoretical and practical information in Swedish Techniques both classic and modern. We emphasize the original Swedish, "Swedish Remedial Gymnastics", as taught by its founder per Henry Ling. This work has been incorporated into modern Sports Massage technique today known as "Body Mobilization."

Swedish Remedial Gymnastics integrates basic Swedish strokes with simultaneous range of motion of the articulations (joints). The techniques have received popular favor today just as "Swedish Remedial Gymnastics" experienced in Ling's era. (see "Roots")

The student is taught to master the basic Swedish movements through palpatory skills, self massage, massage on peers in class (with feedback following each massage) and through creative techniques in the development of his personal repertoire of strokes. The student is also taught, in depth, the theoretical basis and contraindications / indications to massage.

After learning the basic techniques, the student is taught assessment skills and begins to specifically tailor the massage to the condition of the client. Holistic Massage establishes a massage plan based on the constitution of the client. The massage will be created specifically for the client for that moment in his life. Holistic Massagesm has been actively developed at The Phoenix School for over 3000 client hours. Holistic Massage is published in The Encyclopedia of Bodywork. and Massage & Bodywork Quality.

Massage Body Mechanics is one of these. MBM effectively transfers the working load out of the therapist's arms, shoulders and back to the lower body. MBM greatly increase the ability of the therapist to give high quality massage throughout the workday. MBM, developed at Phoenix, is published in The Encyclopedia of Bodywork and leading journals of massage.

The State Board Examination Classes are an intensive preparation for State Registration Examination. Classes are taken from The State Examiner's Guidelines with a written test to follow. Following this a class is given in proven methods for the practical portion of the exam. Thereupon the student is given the opportunity to be video taped in an actual timed session replicating the practical examination.

Allied Sciences necessary for the success of the massage therapist include the following:

Anatomy & Physiology (75 hrs.)

The student is instructed in broad, practical aspects of Anatomy and Physiology. Material is presented at a stimulating yet not overwhelming pace. Testing centers on overall concepts and practical applications. The subject matter ranges from cells and tissue on through all of the major systems of the body with special emphasis on the muscular and skeletal systems.
Of Special Interest is the "Muscle of the Week Class" where the student studies the origin, insertion and action of 21 major muscle groups. He also identifies over 50 muscles from charts.

Hydrotherapy (20 hrs)

Hydrotherapy is introduced in the classroom with emphasis on the principles of hydrotherapy and the effects of water temperature. The various modalities are then taught including foot bath, sauna, whirlpool, Swedish shampoo, salt-glows, and others. Then a practical day is scheduled for the application of these techniques.


Business Practices and Ethics (15 hrs)

The student is taught business practices as they apply to Massage Therapy. The student is taught the basics of organizational structure, motivation, goal setting, success imaging and marketing. Without prior experience in bookkeeping, the student is encouraged to find a competent bookkeeper and CPA from the start. In Ethics the student is taught the value of honesty and professionalism in his practice. The student learns practical means of scrutiny in dealing with clients.

Health & Hygiene (15 hr)

This is a practical course in clinic and personal sanitation. The student distinguish types of pathogens and how they are spread. Students learn care of self, care of equipment, tables, massage modalities, and clinic sanitation.
Clinic Internship (50 hrs)

Following an overview of the principles behind running and maintaining a successful clinic the student provides massage to the public. The students run the clinic themselves and are given credit for related clinic duties.
Each client is interviewed prior to the massage, and completes an assessment sheet reviewing the massage. From the assessment sheet the student completes "Massage Dynamic" based on Holistic Massagesm principles. From this he discerns the requirements of the client, and formulates a Massage plan. A client evaluation follows each massage so the student may perfect his craft.

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Admission Policy

Demonstrate a willingness to be of service to the community through the modality of massage therapy. Demonstrate an ability to work well in a group setting.

Submitting a copy of high school diploma or G.E.D., or college transcript, or by successfully passing a standardized ability to benefit test.

The final decision for admissibility to The Phoenix School is based on student interview based on criteria given above.

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How to Enroll

1. Come visit with us and tour the facility by calling (713) 974-5976 for an appointment or "Open House" schedule.

2. Complete the application form so we can know more about you.

3. Ask questions, get to know us and feel comfortable with you decision.

4. Together we'll complete the contract and acknowledgment.

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Methods of Payment

Tuition includes all basic textbooks and handout packets. Tuition can be paid by discount one time payment or by monthly payments. Texas Rehabilitation Commission funding is also available. A limited amount of workstudy employment is available for qualified individuals. Please consult enclosed Information Sheet for current payment schedules.

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Requirements for Graduation

1. Completion of all coursework in a satisfactory manner.
2. Return of library books on loan. (All text books are kept by the student)
3. Payment of Tuition in full.

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Diploma

Upon completion of the 300 hour program at The Phoenix School of Holistic Health the graduate receives both a diploma and transcript and application for registration.

State Registration

To obtain Texas Registration the graduate mails diploma, transcript and application to the State of Texas and receives back in a matter of weeks a Temporary Registration. With this the graduate will be able to practice massage therapy in the State of Texas for six months. Within this period the graduate must pass an examination, conducted by the Texas Department of Health to receive a permanent registration to practice. These examinations are held in January, May and September.

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Job Replacement

PSHH supports graduates who seek placement in either full or part-time settings. The student is encouraged to view job listings on a regular basis. When administration discover a job match, the student will be contacted. The Phoenix School however, cannot guarantee job placement.

Graduate Programs

When we began our graduate program in 1986, our goal was to bring in the leaders in the body therapy field. We wished to create a well rounded program that encompassed structural, functional, and energetic modalities. We were fortunate in obtaining the very persons that we wanted. What we learned from our instructors was even more than we could have expected. From their knowledge and commitment to their work, they taught us a great deal. From their love and desire to share they inspired and enlightened us. We hold a great debt of gratitude to our mentors. It will be difficult to ever re-pay them. Perhaps, by passing the information to the next generation we will do so.

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