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Options Institute

Massage Therapy School


  Pennsylvania State Licensed Massage School  

1926 Second Street

Bethlehem, PA 18020

Email us at [email protected]





Health Options Institute is a professional massage school dedicated to helping people to connect through the power of touch to the presence of the Living God within themselves and within all other living beings.  We strive for the highest degree of integrity, magnificence and breadth possible.  We do this through the scope of our program, our in-depth curriculum, and our very special instructors.  We want to facilitate students to develop competency by teaching them many diversified types of bodywork with a holistic perspective and by empowering them through exposure to a broad base of knowledge from several different fields.  We seek to develop our students' fullest potentials to become extremely proficient and professionally successful massage therapists.  We endeavor to have 100% of our students joyfully employed, doing the work of their dreams, bringing healing to themselves and to others as they step forth in fulfillment in their new careers expressing their talents in massage therapy.  We recognize that through the power of our students' touch that our school and our students can help to manifest an awesome world that is filled with True and Perfect Love in which all people can joyfully and harmoniously BE.  

 One of Our Massage Therapy Program Classes on Completion of Their First Course


About Our School

The school is highly recognized for its excellent holistic program, which is comprehensive, thorough, and which sets a high standard for professional massage training.  It also has exceptional teaching staff who are warm, caring, extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate.  Our teachers know how to make the educational experience an absolute joy.  The school has a relaxing, yet professional, atmosphere in a beautiful building.  The school also has received much recognition from many well satisfied employers of our students and their clients.  It was founded in 1984, being one of the first schools to be licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools to give massage training.  Upon graduation, students are well equipped to handle a variety of clinical complaints and to work in a wide variety of massage settings for a lifetime.  Our programs are offered on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.  The school can often customize a flexible schedule that combines different timeslots.


  Massage Therapy Program Overview

The school has a 645 hour training program in Massage Therapy in which students will receive a diploma on completion. Additionally, four certificates of completion are awarded for various types of massage.  These certificates of completion are in Shiatsu, Reflexology, Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy, and Sports Massage.  During this program the student will have the opportunity to gain experience by working on premise in the supervised student clinic on members of the general population.  Additionally, the student will learn 8 entirely different bodywork routines for the body which can be integrated together and customized for the individual client.  This program is for the really serious student who would like to have a lifetime professional career in massage and excellent employment opportunities as well as solid assessment skills and a smorgasbord of techniques to choose from. Students begin learning hands on routines starting on week one! It generally takes 14 months for daytime students and 19-20 months for evening/weekends students to complete the program.


Possible Occupations on Graduation

This program is designed to fit the needs of students looking to enter the occupation of massage in a wide variety of settings, including Wellness Centers, Your Own Private Practice, Medical and Chiropractic Offices, Day Spas, Resorts, Sports Medicine Clinics, Fitness Health Centers, and more.


Preparation for the Licensing Exam

Upon completion of the Massage Therapy program, students are well prepared to take the MBLEx, which is the licensing exam, due to the breadth of our program. Our Massage Therapy Program content meets New Jersey requirements to be able to bypass taking the MBLEx, yet still receive a New Jersey massage license!  


Deep Muscle Massage Class


Continuing Education Overview


At Health Options Institute we offer you plenty of options: creative options in scheduling, options to take a huge selection of continuing education courses, and plenty of money saving continuing education courses built right into the program at no additional cost!  The school is an NCBTMB approved provider.   Both as part of the Massage Therapy Program and in addition to it, the school offers the following continuing education courses in complementing bodywork modalities so that the student has a broad base.  The more knowledge the student  has, the wider range of clientele she/he will be able to accept.  Ethics, Reflexology, Shiatsu (Levels 1-3), Client Communication Skills, Cancer Massage, Mastectomy Massage, Geriatric Massage, Aromatherapy, Pre and Post Natal Massage, CPR and AED,  Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy (Levels 1-4), Orthopedic Assessment for Massage Therapists, Hot Stone Massage,  Zero Balancing (Levels 1-2), Manual Lymphatic Techniques, Practice Procedures and Policies (includes Ethics), and Seated Chair Massage are offered.  Note that some of these courses are part of the program.  Most that are not part of the curriculum may be taken concurrently while the student is in the program.  All may be taken on completion of the 645 hour program.



Deep Muscle Massage Program

This is a continuing education program for already licensed massage therapists, physical therapy assistants, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors. Please click here for more information. 

Continuing education courses of special interest to nurses include: Cancer Massage, Mastectomy MassageGeriatric MassageManual Lymphatic TechniquesReflexology, AromatherapyPre and Post Natal Massage


Facilities and Equipment

The Institute is located in a beautiful and spacious historic building that has four large classrooms, two clinic rooms in which students massage clients from the general public, dressing rooms, a small library with computer and internet access and a kitchen/student lounge.  Free Wi-Fi is available. The library is open most days including weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus a number of additional evenings which vary until 9 p.m.  To facilitate learning, the school provides all equipment needed such as massage tables for use during classes.  All supplies a student needs for his/her education can be purchased on the premises in our student bookstore, including DVDs of many of the techniques we teach. We carry a wide selection of Aromatherapy products, massage crèmes, anatomy charts, and other items.


Location and Hours of Operation

The admissions office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., and most Saturdays 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  The school is closed on Easter weekend, Memorial Day weekend, July 4, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving (Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday), Christmas Eve and day, and New Year's Eve and day. We sometimes extend our hours on evenings and Saturdays upon request. Please call ahead to confirm we are open if you intend to visit on a Saturday. There is ample on-site parking. Our location in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, is only a short drive from Quakertown, Phillipsburg, Stroudsburg, and much of New Jersey. We are very easy to get to!


Call 610-419-3535 or click here to Contact Us


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