​​Massage Therapy Program Next Start Date:  March  2017

Only 3 spots left!!

Massage Program
763 hours ~ 10 month completion ~ includes Holistic Structural Release Technique  
General Schedule:

1-2 days a week
4-8 hour class blocks between 12-9 
 Every other Saturday clinic 3:00-7 for 5 months​ 

Program Introduction
Partial Independent Learning
School Classroom and Facility
Program and Campus Highlights
Therapeutic Massage Program
Descriptions, Cost, and Course List

 Program Introduction
Every program offered at Bear Heart School of Massage was designed and created by the founder and owner, Sheryl Daniel. Sheryl has immense experience with many different healing modalities that is evident in her classes and programs. As an instructor herself for over 20 years, she understands the importance of well rounded, meticulously designed courses to bring out the infinite possibilities in every student.  Personal and professional connections in the healing and education community also provided the invaluable expertise and input that created the exciting education programs taught at Bear Heart School of Massage. Many thanks to my supportive and fabulous colleagues and especially Paul Witt, RMT. Bear Heart School of Massage does not mix the professional business of a salon or clinic to distract us from our commitment to giving our students the best learning experience possible and our complete, undivided attention. All clinics and spas have their own way of doing things and if you learn only one way, their way, you will be at a disadvantage in your employment search and private practice building after graduation.  
Bear Heart School of Massage’s outstanding instructors include professionals from the many different areas of instruction including: massage therapists, movement therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, reflexologists, aromatherapists, yoga instructors, and a host of other holistic health disciplines. The faculty are required to have, or have had, their own private practices or have worked in their field of specialty for at least 5 years, many have been practicing for over 14 years and some over 25  years. Training in instruction, teaching and learning methods, and standards of curriculum fosters cohesion between individual instructors and subsequently each program. This cohesion creates a learning community of talented, passionate instructors who desire to grow in their own knowledge and to continually improve their teaching abilities. The additional instructor was actually Sheryl’s instructor, oh so many winters ago. His passion about therapeutic massage, bodywork, movement, Sustainability, and the human form makes him an invaluable addition to the faculty. His contribution to the massage profession by training aware massage therapists excited about how they can assist their clients, in only the way he can, makes him an exceptional instructor in every possible way.     
Partial Independent Learning  
Bear Heart School of Massage has a partial independent learning and partial residence program. Many classes have theoretical components that are “independent learning” or “self-study”. The independent modules are intended to let students get first exposure to foundational information and test memorization skills of that information to maximize time in class with instructors. This aspect of our program is seamlessly woven into the schedule, is comparable to homework assignments  and makes up approximately 25% of hours earned- 15% of these are an off campus research project including hands on practice done at your pace.

 School Classroom and Facility
Our classroom space is consciously chosen to be a low stress environment, with a professional, warm and relaxing feel to inspire, uplift, and enhance learning, healing, change, and growth.   We have small classes-6 students max and our classroom is perfect for what we are doing. It is an easy to find location with ample, well lit parking. The school is within walking distance to many restaurants in old town Fort Collins for food and snacks for school and has a small kitchenette for students to use.                                                                                     

 Program & Campus Highlights 
~ Lower cost for program 
~Lower overall costs for attending school-since some of the course theory  will be independent learning, students will reduce the costs for gas, child care and income lost for time off from work 
~Classroom space has all the necessary equipment: massage tables, oils and lotions, blankets, pillows and bolsters, basic class materials and supplies, a full skeleton, anatomy posters, CD's player,reference materials, and Audio/Visual display. 
~An extensive in class library that includes current massage and healing books and periodicals  
~Energy efficient, healthy, & environmentally friendly products are used. 
~We Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle! 

What is included in the costs?  
Sampler of lotions and oils, a holster for lotion bottles and jars, lotions and oils for clinic and class,  a school t-shirt, a school binder, workbooks for subjects with no textbooks, and handouts are included in the supplies cost for each class.

What do students need to supply?      
Students need to supply their own note taking supplies, textbooks (approx $400 for the year, new cost, used is OK)  student liability insurance (approx $45 for the year), 3 sets of sheets and pillow cases (approx $60), a black t-shirt we will put our logo on for clinic and homework use lotions and oils (price varies tremendously, approx $50 for the year, these are available for purchase at the school at cost). Student will also need a massage table to complete homework assignments after the first month of class, there are a few to borrow on a first come first served "you break it you buy it" basis. You can purchase new tables $180 (shipped) and up.

Exclusively Taught in Bear Heart Programs 
 Holistic Structural Release

“Holistic Structural Release blends a series of light and deep bodywork techniques, and holistic release techniques to address a variety of soft tissue restrictions. HSR uses a precise sequence for maximum benefit and longer lasting hold. HSR facilitates and supports awareness, transformation, growth, and expansion in a substantial way.  It is a holistic bodywork system that includes releasing stress from the body, organ referral, movement education to create and support an opening for change, healthy lifestyle consulting, supportive body-mind release, holistic bodywork, and energetic interventions to create balance and tap the infinite possibilities of health for the individual.” 
 The Therapeutic Massage program is for mature students who have a strong desire to work with clients who deal with the challenging issues of chronic pain, tension and injury as well as the relaxing, health enhancing benefits of massage.  An emotional maturity is required of therapeutic students that will allow therapists to relate to a broader client base rather than only, the ever so yummy, relaxation and stress reduction aspects of massage therapy. When clients see the massage therapist as a valuable part of their wellness program they stay even when money is tight, like in today's economy. It is deeply satisfying work and very rewarding to have a lifelong impact on the joy of daily living for your clients.  Bear Heart School of Massage teaches Sheryl’s unique way of blending relaxation and holistic, therapeutic techniques that really make a difference on an ongoing basis for regular clients.  Reaching beyond the basics, the Therapeutic program includes the Structural Release series for long lasting change for clients and greater marketability for the therapist. For the career minded student the Therapeutic Massage program is the best choice. The exposure to a wide variety of techniques in more than just an introductory format makes this program very competitive while keeping the emphasis on therapeutic bodywork courses and therapeutic practice development. Subjects covered will include basic relaxation massage, advanced techniques in clinical massage, introduction to the holistic healing paradigm,  holistic nutrition, aromatherapy, remedies for self care, the mind-body connection, advanced soft tissue release protocols and techniques, a business class to ensure success, and therapeutic relationship and ethics. This program is an effective combination of hands-on techniques, science, advanced therapeutic methodology, and business success. The Therapeutic Massage Program will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to: achieve excellence in the field of massage therapy, seek Colorado state registration, secure advanced level employment as a therapeutic massage therapist, and be able to create a successful private practice in massage therapy. Complete this program in 10 months including breaks. 

Holistic Massage Program: 763 Hours
Total Program Cost: $6,947.
    Registration Fee                                   $150.

    Clinical Fee                                              $625.
    Supply Fees                                             $800.
    Tuition                                                        $5,372

Interest Free Payment Plan
Payment schedule: Minimum $500 down
Approximately $500. per month for 12 months

 Massage Program Subject Content List  
Massage I: Whole Body Massage 
Prenatal, Delivery & Infant Massage
Chair Massage
Massage II: Clinical Massage
Holistic Structural Release Series   
Trigger Point Therapy                                                           
Myofascial Technique                                          
Dynamic Neuromuscular                                               
Positional Release                                    
Cranial Decompression
Muscle Energy Technique & PNF
Massage III: Holistic Bodywork 
Traditional Chinese Medicine Bodywork: Acupressure & Shiatsu
Ayurvedic Bodywork: Abhyanga & Marma
Hot Stone Massage
Lymphatic Massage
Postural Analysis & Therapeutic Movement
Psychophysiology of the Mind-Body Connection 
Holistic Healing: Nutrition, Herbs, & Aromatherapy
Business Mastery: Creating a Thriving Career 
Form & Function of the Human Body: Anatomy, Physiology, & Pathology            
Bodies in Motion: Kinesiology                                                  
Massage Practical Hours 
    Prerequisites to Admission
    Before You Apply
    How to Apply    

Prerequisites to Admission 
All Students are required to…
1. Be 18 by the first day of classes *
2. Submit documentation for HS graduation or GED or get permission from Director
3. Be able to read, write and comprehend the English language
4. Be physically able to perform massage and be on your feet for 1 1/2 hours at a time
5. Present driver’s license or state photo ID or military ID or passport
6. Have received at least one professional massage within the last year. If you have not, schedule a massage with Sheryl at a special price or a therapist of your choice.

 * If the student is under 18 and currently in high school, they will need to need to submit:
a. Submit 2 letters of recommendation from current high school counselor, teacher, or principal
b. Submit a letter from the school registrar stating expected date of graduation
c. Have a parent or legal guardian sign the application section pertaining to the minor applicant and attend all interviews and enrollment activities with the minor student

 Before You Apply
Before you schedule your preliminary admissions interview or submit your application:
Ensure you meet the minimum requirements and start gathering the required documentation.
Start thinking about how you will pay for school- we offer no federal financial aid. Begin to determine your maximum down payment amount and how much you can pay per month.
Think about who you will ask to be a reference for you. You will need 2 total.
How to Apply
There are 2 levels of acceptance for admission to Bear Heart School of Massage programs.
Level 1-Preliminary: based on application only
Level 2-Secondary: based on interview

Once you are certain you are ready to begin your application process:
1.      Thoughtfully fill out your application
2.      Submit your application 
3.      Upon level 1 preliminary acceptance schedule an application interview with Sheryl, finalize payment, and register for classes
4.      Upon level 2 secondary acceptance and prior to the start of classes attend orientation to prepare for the school term. You will then be well prepared to succeed in school, learn, grow and get lots of massages… seriously; your homework is to get lots of massages.
Finally, you graduate –YIPPEE! - start working, earning and helping your community as a massage therapist professional.             

Schedules & Calendar 
Program Schedule Details & Benefits

  • Breaks between sections
  • Make-up days built into the schedule 
  • Flexibility within structure to assure the best learning experience with a reasonable time commitment
  • Programs are divided into Sections for shorter, more focused studying periods throughout the program 

Bear Heart School of Massage Recognized Holidays 
There are no classes scheduled during a recognized holiday. Practical hours may be open if there is a need, coverage is available, and will be optional attendance for students to do their practical sessions. The holiday hours will be clearly posted. Students will be allowed to make-up work for religious holidays not on our list.

Valentines Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween, Thanksgiving (Wed-Sun), Christmas Eve, Christmas ( usually a long winter break from before Solstice/Christmas until after the New Year),New Years Eve, New Years Day

Schedules and Hourly Requirements: General Weekly Schedule
The therapeutic massage program class schedule is 10 hours a week for class and 3-4 hours for clinic hours. Bear Heart School of Massage does not have set start times that are the same every year. Since we are an intimate class of 6, we wait until there are enough individuals ready to start and then we set the final schedule. The final schedule will be customized to fit the class’s needs after final enrollment is completed and within the given parameters. A detailed and specific class schedule will be added to every enrollment agreement after detailed and specific student availability is received from every student enrolled in the class. The final schedule will meet the availability requirements each student included in their enrollment agreement. Once the schedule is set, it is fixed and unchangeable. We pride ourselves for having small classes for the best possible student-instructor relationship and learning experience and the lowest tuition for a program of this superior quality. This scheduling process is one way we are able to offer these great programs, with amazing instructors at such a reasonable cost to the student.

 Open Schedule: Class by class may be the only way some students can attend school. Any combination of classes is acceptable as long as prerequisites are met. There is no guarantee of when classes will be offered In the future and there is no guaranteed completion date. The director will make sure you are on the right track.

 Additional Program Schedules: Other programs are scheduled as required and do not follow a set routine like the core massage programs. Schedules will be posted on line as each program, individual continuing education classes, and community classes are scheduled throughout the year. Be sure to be on notification lists if you are interested in the other programs or courses.

Payment Options & Financial Details
    Value in Education
    Financial Aid Tools & Options
    Payment Plans
    Discounted Massage Equipment & Supply Package
    Education Loans
    Bear Heart School  is committed to responsible lending

Payment Options & Financial Details 
Value in Education

Along with having excellent tools to assist students with the money matters of school, we start the financial assistance by having superior value in massage education. You get more for your money at Bear Heart School of Massage; superior instruction, contemporary healing programs, and quality equipment and supplies. Sheryl and the staff of Bear Heart School of Massage are committed to uplifting and supporting every student as they pursue their personal vision while offering the best value for your education.  It’s understandable that cost can sometimes be the most frustrating thing about starting school. Bear Heart School of Massage is here to help you find the most effective use of your resources, financial and otherwise. We offer financial assistance options and financial resource education while maintaining an objective, supportive, and optimistic attitude.  Often, it can be difficult to visualize graduation and freedom when personal or financial stress blocks the view.

 Financial Aid Tools & Options
We are continually looking for and evaluating financial tools and options for our students. Many options may be combined to meet every individual students needs. Upon acceptance, students who need financial aid should schedule a financial needs analysis meeting with Sheryl. Together we will evaluate your current situation and choose the most cost effective programs available. Our goal at Bear Heart School of Massage is that your attention be on learning and growing, not distracted by finances. Because the economy has forced many private education lenders to put a freeze on adding new schools, Bear Heart School of Massage is unable to offer any outside financing and we have no relationships with outside financing institutions. We will, however, work with you in determining just how much you need to borrow, help you get the paper work in order, and see which payment plan might fit your needs best so you borrow as little as possible and pay as little interest as possible. Combining our payment plans with loans and gifts will give you the best price possible in addition to the freedom of mind to enjoy your learning experience to it’s fullest without the bother of worrying about finances.

Payment Plans
All students are eligible to apply.
Bear Heart School of Massage requires a minimum $500 down payment on supplies and registration fees.  Obviously the more you put down, the less you pay per month. The remaining balance is then divided out for the length of your program into equal payments. Cash or Check incurs no additional fees while credit card payments done online through email have an additional charge of 3% per transaction.    
Education Loans
Bear Heart School of Massage is committed to responsible lending.
Our belief is that you should not borrow unless you have no choice. Don't be talked into loans for school and expenses if you can do it without them. It is very difficult to repay education loans and build a practice. You still have to pay back loans and if you borrow $15,000 you may pay back $20,000. Essentially your education cost is significantly increased. Just because you qualify for a loan doesn't mean it is a good idea. Graduate debt free or with manageable debt. Let us help you figure out what loans make sense for this profession.

 Personal Education Loans 
Go to your own bank and investigate private education loans.
Be sure to ask about deferred payment while you are in school.  
Other Loan Options
New opportunities are always presenting themselves ask for news. ​​


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