Institute of Natural Therapies (INT) Our Mission:

The Institute was founded because of many requests from the community. The modern culture of this region is strongly influenced by Finnish and Nordic immigrants. Massage and sauna are integral facets of the region’s traditional life style and healing philosophy of family.

We are committed to provide professional therapeutic massage training programs designed not only for students to successfully compete, but to also allow them to become innovators and leaders in the therapeutic massage field. The philosophy of the school is to weave the quantum connection of heart, mind, body, and spirit into the tapestry of life. We understand that our body is a temple. We honor each individual as a spiritual being so they can align with the Holy Spirit available to them.

Our primary goal is to serve our community by teaching massage therapy as a healthy life style to be shared. During training, our students transform to a higher potential gracing them with the capacity to proliferate health and well being into the community they are in touch with.

Massage Therapy Industry Facts 2010-2012

The following data was gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) from U.S. government statistics, surveys of consumers and massage therapists. This data provides an overview of the current state of the massage therapy profession in the U.S..

  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2010, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • It is estimated that there are 280,000 to 320,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States. 90,000 are Nationally Certified.
  • While massage therapists work in a variety of work environments, sole practitioners account for the largest percentage of practicing therapists (65 percent). Thirty-nine percent work at least part of their time at a client’s home/business/corporate setting or their home, 26 percent in a spa setting and 25 percent in a healthcare setting.
  • In 2010, the average annual income for a massage therapist (including tips) who provides approximately 15 hours of massage per week was estimated to be $31,980.
    • Charging an average of $60 for one hour of massage.
    • Earning an average wage of $41 an hour (including tips) for massage related work.
    • Heavily dependent on repeat clients.
  • Twenty-nine (29) percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2009 and July 2010 received it for medical or health reasons. Currently consumers visit a massage therapist 114 million times per year.

Currently, 46 states (including Michigan) and the District of Columbia regulate massage therapists through state licensing.
New Michigan Massage therapy Law is expected to be in effect in 2012. See all states licensing requirements at

Why Choose INT?

(can your Massage Therapy School choice say this?)

  • Enjoy an exclusive venue of world class professional skills training rarely available from any schools nationwide.(See our Curriculum page.) Acquire tools and knowledge to create and customize a massage therapy formula rather than perform rehearsed “therapeutic massage” recipes.
  • Achieve excellence on your licensing exams! INT grads currently have a pass rate of 100% on National test scores topping state (63%) and national (68%). (See report.)
    RE: National Certification Board reports of INT students for first time testers 2008-2010 show we typically have a plus 90% pass rate.
  • Be prepared by experienced instructors who are Nationally Certified and carry additional certifications in every subject they teach. Our instructors have years of professional experience, are friendly, approachable, charismatic and can melt away subject complexity. (See our qualifications.)
  • Awaken skill acuity though actual touch skills as most all class time is live “hands on” We will never watch a learning video, on-line webinars or participate in or any forms prepackaged presentations while in INT classrooms.
  • Delight with your new massage therapy table and books included with tuition.
  • Experience massage therapy education and your new career as a life style and not just an occupation. Participate in self care exercise to refresh health and well being. Become part of the legacy combining thousands of years of traditional trainings with modern state of the art therapeutics.
  • Heal, change and transform is the unwritten class code at INT. We have often heard from students that, “being in class is like being with family.”
  • Assured Experience: New changes in Michigan law now require a 500 hour in class core curriculum. INT has been teaching this curriculum for 17 years! You could say we set the standard way ahead of time.

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Our primary goal is to serve community by teaching massage therapy as a healthy life style to be shared. During training our students transform to a higher potential gracing them the capacity to proliferate health and well being into the community they are in touch with.