BLOOM! School Of Therapeutic Arts

I fell in love with massage therapy because of chronic pain. I still remember the name of the gentleman to whom I was complaining. He told me that I “needed” to see Ily. Ily, it seems was a massage therapist who, without a doubt, could help me be free of pain and get on with life. I had never heard of such a treatment. I hemmed and hawed and eventually called Ily. This changed my life.

After becoming a massage therapist myself in 1996, I have had the most incredible journey and I am excited to share my experience with students who are passionate about learning a craft that can help to heal themselves, their families and their patients. BLOOM! Offers a supportive, compassionate and fun approach to learning!

600 Hour Massage Therapy Training ProgramBLOOM! School of Therapeutic Arts offers 600 hours of supervised training following specific Department of Maine Education and NCBTMB requirements. This is a 15-month program with classes usually offered through 2 monthly weekend intensives. Your instructor records your attendance and evaluates your performance in applying theory with technique.

Students completing and passing BLOOM!’s 600-HR Massage Therapy Training Program in its entirety are eligible to apply for their Maine State Massage Licensure, after successfully sitting for the Licensing Examination of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork (, or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards exam (

Tuition: $6000 ( Deposit Fee:$200, then $386. due per month). In addition, $160 online testing fee and estimated $350 for books (many books can be purchased through Amazon “used”)

  • Fees for Books & On-line testing subject to change at time of sign up
  • Once enrollment form is signed, all fees are set
  • Download Application form: WORD format or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format

Our Facility

Classes are held at the Riverwalk Center 5 Water Street, Newport 04953. Clinic hours may vary between the Riverwalk Center, Husson University and other facilities.

Curriculum / Hours

*600 hour course Curriculum*
Course Number: Course Hours: Required Courses:
100         10           Ethics
Maintaining professional boundaries; scope of practice; healthy communication; HIPPA Regulations (confidentiality); creating safety in your practice.
200         100         Anatomy/Physiology
Students will learn body systems and how they relate to massage therapy; anatomical positions; medical terminology relating to massage therapy.
300         15           Stress/Strain, Physiology of
Students will gain understanding of the stress response, causes and factors, returning the body to health from state of dis-ease, effects of environmental stress; perfecting body mechanics at the massage table.
400         50           Pathology
Students will have understanding of contraindications; disease signs and symptoms; hygiene for the massage room; infectious disease processes; conducting health intake; indications for massage therapy; referring to other healthcare professionals.
500         100         Massage Theory & Practice I
Swedish massage in theory and practical application. Students will learn the history of Swedish massage; understanding of massage strokes, appropriate draping techniques; application of full body massage session; body mechanics; creating the appropriate environment for inducing relaxation; clinical practice.
550         100         Massage Theory & Practice II
Myofascial, deep tissue, cross fiber friction technique; postural evaluation; treating chronic pain and injury; clinical practice.
600         100         Massage Theory & Practice IIII
Introduction to chair massage, prenatal; geriatric; working with disabilities; sports massage; Active-isolated stretching; clinical practice.
700         40           Intro to Energy Medicine
Students will learn concepts of meridians and oriental medicine as well as light touch technique.
800         30           Functional kinesiology
Students will learn muscle and joint palpation, anatomy and movement through hands on technique; in depth knowledge of muscle tissue contraction and relaxation phases.
900         25           Hydrotherapy
Effective use of heat and ice therapies for use with chronic pain, injury, relaxation and spa treatments.
1000       30           Practice Building
Referrals in the healthcare world; maintaining office notes; basic bookkeeping; City, State and Federal regulations; building a successful practice.
1400       20           Bodywork Psychology
Understanding personality types and building the client/therapist relationship.

Intensive Daily Routine

8 am to 8:50 am – Centering/ Body mechanics
9 am to 10:50 am – 1st class segment
11:00 am to 1 pm – 2nd class segment
1 pm to 2 pm – Lunch
2 pm to 3:50 pm – 3rd class segment
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Practice lab
*Students are required to bring their own lotions, linens & massage tables.
*Academic hours are based on the usual 50-55 minute class


All students are given practical evaluations as well as written or on-line tests. A grade is given based on the ability to understand and apply the theory and techniques taught. Students must maintain a grade of “70” or above to pass.

Educational Requirements for Maine State Licensure

According to Title 32, section 14306-D of the State of Maine: a person may not claim to be a massage therapist unless licensed in accordance with this chapter. Currently, Maine’s educational requirements needed to apply for licensure are to:

  • Demonstrate completion of a course of training consisting of 500 hours or more
    approved by the state.
  • Students passing the BLOOM! School of Therapeutic Arts 600 hour Core Curriculum Program can apply for their Maine State Massage Therapy License.
  • or pass the Licensing Examination of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork ( NCBTMB)
  • or the examination by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (MBLEx).

For more information on the licensing process in Maine you can contact:

Dept. of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing and Registration
35 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0035.
PHONE: (207.624.8613)

NOTE: Local laws and state laws vary regarding massage requirements. For specific information refer to your state and local authorities

Enrollment / Graduation Requirements

All who wish to enroll in this program must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Show proof of a high school diploma or G.E.D., or college diploma.
  3. Be in good physical health, capable of effectively meeting the physical demands of performing therapeutic massage.
  4. Have a personal interview. At this time, the prospective student will receive a tour and a complete explanation of the program and can receive an enrollment agreement.
  5. Be teachable and willing to accept BLOOM! School of Therapeutic Arts policies and procedures and assistance if necessary during enrollment and throughout the course.Acquire a “70” or above average grade for passing.
  6. Provide documentation of a current CPR/ First Aid course upon graduating.
  7. Provide documentation of two professional massages before graduation.

Tuition and Fees

In regards to the 600 HR. Massage Training program, all potential student are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $25.00 due with the application to BLOOM! All students are required to sign an Enrollment Agreement. Upon signing this agreement, an enrollment fee of $100. is paid to BLOOM! to hold your place in the class. Students are required to pay tuition fees to BLOOM! School of Therapeutic Arts. A Deposit Fee of $200 is due before the first intensive. This payment goes towards the last payment of tuition if the program is completed to contract. A payment plan of tuition fees are equally divided payments due before or upon each intensive. Balance of tuition payments must be paid in full upon last intensive.

Additional Fees:

  • Students are required to have at least 2 professional massages from licensed massage therapist (estimated cost $90 to $130).
  • Students are required to have a massage table (estimated cost $300. – $600).
  • Students are required to have a Student Liability Insurance Policy. Cost is $45 and can be purchased through the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) or the American Massage Therapy Association. (AMTA.).
  • Students are required by law to have CPR / First Aid. Cost free – $60.00 before graduation.
  • Massage Lotion /Massage Holster/ Linens Estimated Cost is $40.00


Non – Discriminatory Policy

BLOOM! School of Therapeutic Arts accepts students based upon their desire to learn and achieve. BLOOM! does not discriminate with regard to age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability (unless such a disability is determined by a medical authority to qualify the potential student as unfit for the program).

Attendance / Make-up Policies

In most cases we will be meeting for two, ten hour class days, usually two weekends per month until the required hours for this program are met. Attendance and promptness are essential in such an intensive program. Policies mentioned here are in accordance with the requirements of massage instruction set forth by the National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Failure to maintain satisfactory attendance can result in the student not acquiring their needed hands-on training.

  1. Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class. Those who are not present will be marked Absent.
  2. If a student is more than 15 minutes late for a class hour this will be counted as a Tardy. Three tardies will be counted as one hour of absence. All absences must be made-up.
  3. Students who leave at class break and do not return will be marked absent.
  4. Students are required to call BLOOM! to inform the school of their absences. Students must call when not able to attend classes. A “no call – no show” is unacceptable and this strongly reflects on your level of professionalism. More than one
    “ no call, no- show” can be grounds for probation.

Make-Up Policy:
Students are required to attend 100% of the program.

  • Students can make-up a good deal of their hours in the fall with specific scheduled makeup times at the usual tuition rates.
  • If known ahead lecture classes may be taped, at the usual tuition rates. Passing an oral or written exam on this information will be required to count as class time.
  • If another time is scheduled for make- up work for a number of students, a minimum $30 make-up fee per hour will be divided between those students, in addition to their normal tuition fees.
  • Individual time has a $30 make up fee per hour per student in addition to their tuition rates

Student Conduct / Hygiene Policy

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and hygiene both in
class and when working with clients. This includes:

  1. no infectious conditions that are unsuitable to perform massage
  2. clean and appropriate attire, consisting of casual outfits modest in appearance (ex. polo shirt, pants or walking shorts, closed shoes) and suitable for performing massage.
  3. clean hair, body and short fingernails
  4. no perfumes
  5. clean linens for class training.
  6. no smoking, alcohol or drugs in the school building.
  7. not interfering with another students learning by being loud and obscene.
  8. bringing the appropriate supplies to class ( e.g.: lotions, linens, massage table, books).

Probation / Dismissal Policy

A student may be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to maintain attendance policies, failure to meet tuition payments and/or failure to meet
    Student Conduct/ Hygiene policies.
  • Any student whose practical evaluation grade falls below “70” will be placed on Probation. Help will be offered to ensure the students success. Students will only be allowed one period of probation.
  • If the student fails to bring their grade level up to a “70” or above within a three month period
    they become subject to Dismissal. Dismissal requires that a student withdraw from the program and may not reapply until the beginning of the next session of the training program.
  • BLOOM! reserves the right to dismiss a student if the student fails to complete her/his probationary requirements or fails to meet tuition payments, and/or fails to comply with the Student Conduct/Hygiene policy. The dismissed student will
    receive a tuition refund, calculated according to any fraction of the program paid for but not completed (at the time of dismissal) minus the application, deposit, and enrollment fees.

Rescheduling Intensives Policy

BLOOM! reserves the right to reschedule intensives in whole or in part due to instructor sickness, poor driving weather conditions, or lack of class attendance. Students are required to call when unable to come to class. When weather is a concern students can call. When class is rescheduled a telephone tree will take effect, notifying students of no class.

Student Grievance Policy

Students enrolled in any portion of the BLOOM! training program who have a grievance involving another student, technique evaluations, or technique trainings need to direct them personally or in writing to Debra Smith LMT to find a resolution.