Bellus Academy offers a Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapy certificate programs. Our teaching methods enable each student to become proficient in developing client consultation skills, treatment planning, and practical technical skills to effectively correct pathologic somatic conditions to improve the overall wellbeing of their massage clients.
 
Bellus Academy is proud to provide personal development tools such as Pacific Institute and Financial Literacy within each program offered to enhance our graduate’s professional success. We are one of the only schools in North America that stays progressive with industry trends, equipment and supplies to prepare our students to become well rounded massage therapists.

ABOUT Holistic Health Practitioner


Our Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) program places emphasis on wellness and injury treatment and prevention. HHP’s work together with Health Care providers to develop health plans for their clients and patients. At Bellus Academy we train our Health Care Practitioners to treat the person as a whole by incorporating massage as a natural alternative and preventative method of care.
  • The certificate program prepares the student for a career working with clients interested in sustainable health management practices. Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention are the ultimate goals for their clients.
  • Students will be introduced to Western approaches and Eastern philosophies integrated with modalities including Swedish Circulatory, Integrated Deep Tissue, Athletic Massage, Shiatsu, Nutrition, Neuromuscular Therapies, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Myofascial Release; as well as, the most advanced spa therapies including Thalassotherapy, Vichy Shower procedures, and the therapeutic use of the hydrotherapy tub.
  • Upon completion of the program, our graduates will be prepared to work in private practice, spa, athletic, and/or medical facilities.

Travel the World


We are an ITEC approved academy providing graduates the opportunity to receive an international certificate. ITEC is an international examination board that offers a variety of qualifications worldwide. Graduates who successfully pass the ITEC examination are certified to work in over 35 countries. The curriculum offered at our academies exceeds the ITEC standards and prepares students for the ITEC test. ITEC qualifications are supported by the professional beauty and spa industry and are easily transferable nationally and internationally. The certification will allow for employment on cruise ships that travel internationally as well as employment in spas throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. Preview ITEC on their web site at www.itecworld.co.uk

Bellus Best in Business


It takes more than just the best technical training to be successful in the beauty industry. 85% of your success will be based on your business, personal and marketing skills. Our academies feature nationally recognized spa and salon business training programs in order to teach future professionals how to manage a fulfilling, profitable, and growing business.
 
The Bellus Best In Business Program features nationwide spa and salon directors and innovators to give you expert advice on how to get hired and what it means to understand the business side of the industry.

Hands-on Experience


Put your talents into practice in our vibrant student clinic. Our clinic is mirrored after the upscale salons and spas that inspire our students and welcome our clients. Working under the close supervision of your instructors, you will work with clientele, some of whom may go on to become your clients after you graduate. We are always expanding our service menu to incorporate new trends and treatments.

Professional Facilities & Equipment


Our academies has invested in professional facilities and equipment so our students will have substantial experience working with same equipment they will find when they enter a premier salon. You will receive the finest tools of the trade in your student kit complete with everything you need to start your career.

Professional Instructors


Our instructors regularly attend professional seminars and continued education courses to ensure that their expertise is the most up-to-date in the business. Our management team and instructors use their extensive experience with luxury and medical spas to assist students in networking with physicians and five-star resorts.

Professional Products & Kits


Work with the industry's best product lines and learn proven systems for selecting the ideal products to meet your clients' needs. Our HHP kit contains high quality professional equipment, massage table, and current textbooks. Kit items subject to change at any time in order to keep current with industry trends and technology.
 
*Program hours vary by state.
 

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student testimonial

Why did you choose a wellness career?
From early on in my life I have always been a caregiver. Helping people has always made me happy. So when I knew that a career in massage was an option I was sold on trying to make that happen for myself. After visiting Bellus I knew that it was a place that I could gain the knowledge and experience to become what I had wanted for myself for a long time.
 
At what age did you decide this is what you wanted to do?
I was probably 20 when I realized that becoming a massage therapist was something that I could make happen. I was in the middle of getting my Bachelors degree in Psychology and knew that finishing that was a goal of mine so I put off starting massage school. Upon graduation I had a full time job immediately so it took me a little while to put that job aside and make massage a priority once again.
 
How important was picking the right school for you?
Finding the correct school was extremely important. I just so happened to be lucky enough to live in a town that had a school that offered massage. That being said I wanted to make sure that this school was right for me and that I could get the education I needed to be successful.
 
What kind of research did you do to select the school?
After touring the campus I had a great vibe, everyone there was so positive and happy and I really felt like they wanted me to be there. Afterwards I frequently spoke on the phone with the admissions director of the school and knew from her passion that this was a school that I could really flourish in.
 
What was it about your first visit to Manhattan academy that made you feel this was the right school for you? What was the final reason you chose our academy? 
The first thing I noticed was how helpful everyone was. It felt as if they wanted me to be there more than I wanted my to be there! And that was the best feeling I could have asked for. My main concern was that I was planning on keeping my job part time and attending school at the same time. This meant that my schedule would have to work out just so and to be honest that was one of the reasons that it took me so long to start school. Thankfully everyone was just amazing at helping me work out the correct schedule to make sure I was able to get all the education I needed and still keep my job. Not only was the admissions and scheduling staff great at working with me but my teachers were so unbelievably helpful at making sure I was never missing out on classroom things because I left early each day for work. It was such a blessing to have everyone on board with my decision to be a part time student and to really help me through the process.
 
Write a few paragraphs about your experience in school and what you enjoyed about your education.
My time at school really couldn't have been better. There was not a day I didn't wake up and look forward to being at school and being around my teachers and classmates. They made the biggest difference in me enjoying myself so much. The occasional massage didn't hurt either!! But the best part has to be the lasting changes they have made for me and my career. I feel with 100 percent confidence that I can make it in the industry and the entire staff at Bellus will always be there to help me out if I ever have any questions concerning my career. Being able to say that you can use your teachers as a reference to help you get a job is such an amazing feeling.
 
If you had any other college experience, how would you compare this college experience to any previous education?
Prior to starting at Bellus Academy I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Psychology. I was faced with the decision to get my masters in Psychology or finally starting massage school. I realized that I have never been one to sit in a large classroom being lectured for hours on end, it just isn't my way of learning. I am a very hands on person and after visiting Bellus I realized that it is where I belonged.
 
Would you recommend this academy to someone interested in beauty education? If so, what would you say to them if they asked you, "What school should I go to and why?"
Absolutely! My main reasoning would be the experience. The school not only does everything possible to get you ready for a job in the beauty and wellness industry it's the people who make the culture there. It's extremely up beat and happy and drama is discouraged and that makes for a pleasant environment to attend school in. Also the way that they prepare you for a job in the industry is fantastic. Being able to actually work with real clients after being a student for only two months was nerve wracking at first, but quickly became one of the things I was most thankful for having. I can't stress enough how great the educators and administrators are who work at Bellus. They made such a difference in the way my experience was.
 
Write a little about your future plans and where you want to be (future goals).
Eventually I would like to go back to college and get my masters degree and massage is going to be so helpful in doing that. I want to work part time getting my feet wet in the industry and hopefully after completing school starting my own business. Owning a spa would be a dream come true and being able to work for myself is an added bonus.

Tara Rokey, Kansas Campus Alumni | majored in Massage Therapy

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