It is truly our mission to provide the highest realm of excellence in therapeutic massage education.
Our goal is to create confident, knowledgeable, and intuitive practitioners in the art, science, and practice of massage therapy—individuals who can recognize and embrace traditional and innovative forms of massage and bodywork and combine them with intentional self-care—emerging as truly conscious professionals in the massage and bodywork communities.
At ITMB, we encourage and cherish the interaction between students and our instructors; therefore, we only offer small classes with limited enrollment.
We strive to inspire, educate, and mentor our students to become well-rounded, graduate therapists who have a deep understanding of the body and the fundamental intelligence, power, and strength that exists within all beings. We teach our students to work with the wisdom of the client’s body while utilizing their own unique expression of massage and bodywork to re-establish balance and peace within. At ITMB, we offer something very special—an education steeped in individuality, holistic practices, and the expression of wellness.
The Institute for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Inc. was established in 2003 by its founder, Deborah Finely, LMT, NBCTMB. In 2013, Michael Padgett and Siddiqa Salter, a husband and wife healing arts team, took over the school with the mission to lead ITMB into its next decade of growth, development, and expansion. Together, this team’s combined years of experience and their ongoing commitment to the profession of Massage Therapy and Bodywork, along with their shared passion for helping students to be the best massage therapists possible, is inspiring and leading ITMB to be one of the premier artisanal massage schools in the United States.
Accreditation is a voluntary process that allows a private school to receive federal funding. Many excellent massage schools choose not to pursue accreditation. ITMB is one of those. We are still subject to strict review and approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy and Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education, and are school members of the American Massage Therapy Association. Our curriculum meets all state requirements and goes above and beyond the state standard by including a thorough spectrum of healing arts education.
We consciously choose not to be accredited, which means we do not accept federal funding. We aim to graduate students who have little to no debt so they begin their massage career with feelings of freedom, pride, and confidence. Graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in debt is not what we intend for our students at the beginning of their new careers. Promising jobs that pay $70,000 a year is not an honest representation of the field of massage therapy for a new graduate. So we don’t do that either!
We aim to educate—not give people a hard sell that is unrealistic, dishonest, and sugar-coated. The career path of massage therapy is growing and it is better than ever. But beware of the schools that promise you the world, throw money your way (in the form of student loans), and try to make you sign on the dotted line upon your first visit. Shop around! Visit several schools. Talk with the people who will be teaching you. Feel out the vibe of the classroom. Do you like the energy? Is it an environment in which you want to spend 600 hours or more? Don’t be afraid to take your time in choosing a school that is the best fit for you.
We are happy to speak with you about tuition options and we will answer your questions openly. If you feel we are not the best fit for you, we will happily recommend other options that may meet your goals.