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Massage Therapy School in Rapid City

Program Overview

We believe in choosing a career that’s not just about a paycheck, but about personal fulfillment and making a positive impact on others. As a massage therapist, you’ll provide your clients with the best hour of their week, helping them reduce stress and relieve pain. You’ll be cherished and valued by those you serve, finding meaning in a high-demand profession. Discover a fulfilling massage education at TSPA Rapid City, where you can do what you love and be loved for it.
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Massage Therapy is a rewarding and high-demand career choice, and at our accredited massage school located in Rapid City, South Dakota, we offer professional training to prepare you for success in this thriving industry.

  • Learn Cutting-Edge Massage Techniques: Our program is designed to keep you at the forefront of the massage therapy field. You’ll acquire not only the fundamentals but also the latest techniques and approaches that are in demand by clients seeking relaxation and relief.
  • Real-World Experience: We understand the importance of hands-on experience. That’s why our students have the opportunity to practice their skills in a premium spa learning environment, ensuring they are well-prepared to excel in real-world situations.
  • Job Placement Assistance: Your future success is our priority. Even after graduation, we provide job placement opportunities in some of the top salons and spas in the South Dakota region. Our strong industry connections make your transition into the workforce smooth and rewarding.
  • Friendly, Supportive Learning Environment: At TSPA, you’re not just another student. Our dedicated team, and educators are committed to providing you with the skills and support you need to succeed. We believe in your potential and are here to help you every step of the way.



Phase 1: Building the Foundation

In this initial phase, you will learn the fundamentals of massage techniques, ensuring you master the art of providing therapeutic touch. From understanding different massage styles to honing your skills for every scenario, this phase sets the groundwork for your career as a skilled massage therapist.


Phase 2: Hands-On Practice

Gain invaluable hands-on experience in a real-world massage therapy setting. Engage in practical workshops where you’ll focus on different massage modalities, techniques, communication and language skills for creating a relaxing and healing experience.


Phase 3: Business and Client Relations

Massage therapy is not just about the hands; it’s also about building successful guest relationships and managing your business. This phase is dedicated to sharpening your guest relations and business acumen, preparing you for a thriving career. We emphasize the importance of marketing and communication skills, essential for a successful massage therapy practice. You’ll gain insights into effective business strategies, including leveraging digital channels like social media to maximize your client base and earning potential.


Phase 4: National Massage License Preparation

In the final phase, we’ll ensure your course work fulfills satisfactory academic progress requirements. This phase focuses on refining your massage techniques and making sure that you meet the South Dakota massage license requirements, setting you on the path to a rewarding career in massage therapy.



Our massage program curriculum equips you with a diverse set of massage skills to meet the varied needs of clients. Including both Western and Eastern modalities, ensuring that you graduate as a well-rounded and highly competent massage therapist.


Western Modalities

  • Swedish Massage: Master the foundational techniques of relaxation and stress relief, including effleurage, petrissage, and tapotement.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: Learn how to alleviate muscle tension and pain through deep pressure and targeted strokes.
  • Lymphatic Massage: Explore the gentle and rhythmic movements that promote lymphatic drainage, aiding in detoxification and immune system support.
  • Sports Massage: Develop skills in addressing athletic injuries, enhancing performance, and speeding up recovery for athletes of all levels.
  • Aromatherapy & Spa Life: Understand the therapeutic benefits of essential oils and create a spa-like experience for clients through aromatherapy techniques.
  • Hot Stone Massage: Gain proficiency in using heated stones to melt away tension and promote relaxation.


Eastern Modalities

  • Shiatsu: Explore the Japanese art of finger pressure massage, balancing energy and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: Learn about the principles of TCM and its applications in massage therapy, including meridian massage and acupressure.
  • Hand & Foot Reflexology: Discover reflex points on the hands and feet that correspond to various body organs and systems, allowing you to promote holistic healing.
  • Acupressure: Master the technique of applying pressure to specific acupuncture points to relieve pain and restore balance.
  • Energy Work: Understand the concept of energy flow in the body and how to manipulate it for healing and relaxation.
  • Rocking & Shaking: Explore gentle rocking and shaking movements to induce deep relaxation and release tension.
  • Thai Massage: Dive into the ancient Thai healing tradition, incorporating stretches, compressions, and joint mobilizations to promote flexibility and wellness.



Our massage therapy graduates enter the field with confidence, knowing they have what it takes to build the holistic career they want. Our graduates have stepped into various full or part-time roles at a variety of exciting professional settings, including:

Health and Wellness

  • Healthcare Facilities: Offer therapeutic massage in hospitals, hospice and medical centers, contributing to patients’ well-being and recovery.
  • Chiropractic Offices: Collaborate with chiropractors to enhance patients’ overall health through massage therapy.
  • Physical Fitness Spas: Help individuals reach their fitness goals by providing post-workout relaxation and muscle recovery.
  • Cosmetology Salons: Join forces with beauty experts to provide clients with a holistic wellness experience.


Sports and Fitness

  • Athletic Teams: Become a sports massage therapist, assisting athletes in optimizing their performance and recovery.
  • Sporting Events: Offer on-site massage services during sports events like marathons, helping athletes stay at their best.
  • Fitness Centers & Health Clubs: Be a part of fitness and wellness facilities, aiding clients in achieving their fitness goals.


Holistic Health and Rehabilitation

  • Wellness Centers: Work in holistic wellness centers, supporting clients on their journey to optimal health.
  • Natural Food & Health Stores: Combine massage therapy with natural health solutions, providing a holistic approach to well-being.
  • Rehabilitation Centers: Assist individuals in rehab programs, helping them regain mobility and wellness.
  • Massage Clinics: Join dedicated massage therapy clinics, where your expertise is valued.


Corporate and Medical

  • Corporate: Offer stress relief and relaxation to employees at corporate offices, promoting workplace well-being.
  • Medical Offices: Collaborate with healthcare professionals in medical offices to enhance patients’ quality of life.
  • Hospitals: Play a vital role in patient care in medical settings, complementing medical treatments with massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic & Physical Therapy: Work alongside chiropractors and physical therapists to support patients’ recovery journeys.


Luxury Lifestyle

  • Spas: Provide luxurious spa experiences, ensuring clients unwind and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere.
  • Resorts: Enhance the resort experience by delivering world-class massage services.
  • Upscale & Boutique Hotels: Contribute to the charm of boutique and upscale hotels by delivering exceptional massage services.
  • Cruise Lines: Travel the world as a cruise ship massage therapist, offering relaxation to passengers.


Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Own Your Own Business: As a sole practitioner, establish your massage therapy practice, offering personalized services and building a loyal clientele.
  • Massage Therapy Clinic: Consider opening and operating your own massage therapy clinic. Your training includes business classes to equip you with practical skills, allowing you to turn your passion into a successful and sustainable career.
  • On-Site Chair Massage: Provide chair massage at offices, airports, retail locations, and various public and private events, making relaxation accessible.



Are student financial aid or funding options available? 

Our goal is to make the admissions process as painless as possible for you and your wallet. TSPA Rapid City offers very competitive program costs and is transparent with pricing. It is most important to provide accurate costs in the context of an admissions meeting. Schedule a meeting with our admissions team to learn more about our scholarships, financial aid options (available for students who qualify), and payment plans.


How is training and education conducted at TSPA?

The structure combines classroom instruction and practical hands-on training within our student salon training area. In addition to core massage techniques, our courses often include complementary training in areas such as social media, business management, and client relations. These additional skills are designed to enhance your earning potential and longevity in the field.


What are the steps to enroll in the massage therapy program?

Enrolling in our program is a straightforward process, and our admissions team is dedicated to making it a seamless experience for you. You’ll work with our admissions team to determine your class start date, complete any necessary paperwork, and discuss the financial aspects of your education. Our admissions representative will provide you with a checklist to ensure a smooth enrollment process.

Full time Program

600 hours
19 weeks

Upcoming Start Date

Upcoming Start Date


An education at TSPA leads you to many fun and exciting career possibilities. Our graduates are employed by leading beauty and wellness establishments and open successful businesses of their own. Some share their talents in the entertainment world and at vacation destinations like cruise ships and resorts.

Each program available and your choice of Full-Time or Part-Time, when applicable, affects the total cost. Additionally, a variety of ways to afford an investment in your education are available to those who qualify that can affect your final cost. We offer very competitive program costs and are transparent with our pricing but believe it is most responsible to provide numbers in the context of an admissions meeting with all of the available options included. Please contact our admissions office to discuss with our team.

While specific content will vary from program to program, most courses include a combination of classroom training paired with hands-on practice in the student salon training area. Most courses will include complimentary training covering a variety of topics like social media, business, and guest/client relations designed to increase your earning potential and longevity in the industry.

Our admissions team is here to make your experience a great one and will support you throughout the entire enrollment process. There is your class start date to determine, some paperwork to take care of along with arranging for how the investment in your education will be handled. The school’s admissions representative will provide you with a simple checklist to make the process as easy as possible.

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