Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have financing options available?
Our School has one of the most competitive and affordable tuition of all massage schools in Colorado. We have low deposit requirements and only accept tuition via a payment plan.
Do you offer job placement?
Denver Integrative Massage School, Inc offers employment assistance to graduates, consisting of job lead referrals and job skills development. Hillary O. Hilliard, the owner of the school, has owned and operated her own massage therapy business, Textured Motion, Inc, for many years, and she has the business acumen and skill set to help each graduate understand and learn basic business skills that will especially help those seeking to have their own private practice. The graduate will learn the options for Medical Insurance Billing, Web Marketing and Advertising, as well as a business strategy to attaining and retaining clientele. In addition to the self-employment options, DIMS will give you assistance in your job search at local spas, clinics, and wellness centers, if you prefer to go that route. We offer many opportunities for our graduates to market themselves at sport’s, yoga, and community events! We make no guarantee, expressed or implied, of future employment. Current law prohibits any school from guaranteeing job placement as an inducement to enroll students.
Can I transfer credits from a previous school?
Credits from another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Denver Integrative Massage School, Inc does not guarantee transferability of our credits to another institution unless there is a written agreement with another institution.
How does this school differ from the other schools in the Denver area?
DIMS has the most competitive tuition rates in the state. We offer ala carte style, flexible scheduling. There is a dual-modality focus incorporating Eastern and Western techniques. Thai Yoga Massage is fast becoming one of the most desired modalities of massage in North America, especially given the popularity of Yoga, and DIMS offers over 150 hours of training in Thai Yoga Massage! Our class size is small and offers more one-on-one instruction. We have a “boutique-style” massage school; we have a fun and funky urban location and our school is inviting, warm, and easily accessible. We have a combination of e-Learning and In-class learning for the busy, working student. Students have the flexibility to take more classes via e-Learning that is more accessible for the working adult. In addition, DIMS also offers a Massage Immersion course for students to go through the program in a more accelerated fashion, which is helpful for students that live outside of the Denver-metro area.
What happens if I can’t make it to every class?
Life gets hectic. We understand that. It is highly recommended to attend each class. If there are absences, we do provide make-ups at an additional fee. Graduating our program does require 600 hours of work.
Do you offer assistance with finishing practicum hours?
Our Denver Massage School has a different approach than other massage schools to the Practicum/Clinic hours. We have a community clinic setting that allows students to work alongside peers and receive guidance from licensed therapists/instructors. Instead of working on other students and clients who don’t know the correct feedback to give, the student also has the option to complete 100% of their practicum hours outside of the clinic with an LMT. When working with an LMT mentor, the student will work primarily with instructors and past graduates in a one-on-one mentorship/internship program, whereby the student will give to the mentor and receive instant feedback on technique, rhythm, therapies, and flow. The mentor will provide both verbal and written feedback via an evaluation form. These practicum hours will need to be completed and all necessary documentation submitted before the certificate can be awarded. The student will also learn through this mentorship program how to work with different case studies with different issues and injuries and will be guided on how to begin practicing and logging these practicum and case study hours. There will be specific session forms the student will need to use for documentation–as well as intake and follow-up forms for the student’s sessions.
What is the average salary for a massage therapist in Colorado?
What is your refund policy?
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What is the amount of time I can expect to study outside of class per week (for the in-class option)?
Because it is an accelerated program you should expect to set aside about 8 hrs each week for distance learning or reading/homework and studying.
What kind of massage techniques will I learn?
You will learn a variety of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage and Thai Massage for the Table. For more detailed info visit our Massage Courses page.
What are your available schedules?
Our full 600-hour program can be started with the Thai program or with the Western portion. We have a new program starting EVERY quarter! The Thai module starts in the Spring and in the Fall, and the Western module starts in the Winter and in the Summer. The student may choose between the hands-on courses every other weekend or the hands-on 5-week Immersion Monday-Friday; or a combination of the two.
In addition, the student can begin the e-Learning option at ANY time. For more detailed info visit our Class Schedule page.
How long is the program?
It generally takes most students 8-10 months. For the immersion schedule the in-class portion takes 5 weeks, and the weekend program in-class portion takes 6 months. After you have completed your hours required in class, you have 150 additional hours to complete, which are self-paced. See our schedule for more details.
Are you Accredited?
We are certified by the Division of Private and Occupational Schools. This is the only certification necessary for a school to be an occupational school in the State of Colorado. We don’t participate in federal accreditation for student loans and grants in order to keep our costs down and maintain a private school status. Accreditation merely gives a school the means to accept loans and grants but does not determine the status of a school or affect the future employment of a student who has attended the school.
Do I need strong hands?
No, you do not need strong hands. With Thai Yoga Massage as our main modality, we teach you not only the proper body mechanics when you are using your hands, but many different techniques to use other parts of your body to avoid hand injury and overuse. See also our Thai Massage Courses.
Do I have to get naked?
During our eastern modules, you are fully clothed while receiving massage. We do ask for you to undress to your comfort level during the western modules. It is important for us to teach proper draping so what you wear under the sheets is not so important. Respect for a client’s privacy is paramount in the massage industry. We uphold high ethical standards.
Where can I work as a massage therapist?
The options are limitless with Massage Therapy. You can work in spas, Yoga studios, private practice, chiropractic offices and beyond. We offer assistance throughout the program with business and goal-building courses as well as job search assistance.
Can you help me find a job?
Yes, we do offer ongoing assistance throughout the program and after graduation with job leads, contacts, and rental spaces.
What can I do after I graduate and get my license?
After you finish your program and take your state board licensing tests, you can apply for your license. With your license there are many different avenues you can take, including working in a day spa, working with a chiropractor or physical therapist, working as a mobile massage therapist, a solo massage therapist, open your own studio, and so many other options! We are glad to also help you find your career path even after you’ve graduated.