Massage Therapy Training - The Pain Relief Center - Hawaii

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The Master Bodywork Licensing Program is an academic and hands-on experience designed to teach you the science behind massage therapy, and to share with you the skills and knowledge we, as your mentors, have garnered over a collective 80 years of experience.

While earning your State of Hawai’i Massage Therapy license (MAT) you’ll be introduced to a stringent and extensive curriculum in the theories, techniques, and intuition that you’ll need to become an extraordinary bodyworker and healer.

That level of mastery takes time, which is why the Master Bodywork Program exceeds the educational and practical requirements mandated by Hawai’i state laws and rules regulating the profession of massage therapy by 150 hours.

That extra devotion to honing your skills will be well worth it. It will give you more time to thoroughly understand the scientific and theoretical aspects of your craft, expose you to more of the advanced techniques you’ll need to develop your own style of working, and let you gain first-hand business experience by studying in a successful massage establishment.

Why the Master Bodywork program?

The State of Hawaii offers two pathways to licensure: through a DOE-licensed vocational school and through an apprenticeship program. The Master Bodywork Program offers the best of both: the rigorous academic curriculum of a classroom AND the experiences you can only get through an apprenticeship.

Affordable tuition.
Operating through through The Pain Relief Center (PRC), a licensed massage establishment (MAE #2463) means we don’t have to pay for a separate campus. During your apprenticeship you will participate in a supervised student clinic, where the rates charged to the public are used to subsidize your tuition.

Learn and earn while you work.
Our flexible evening and weekend classes let you work your day job while learning a new trade.

Small class size.
With no more than 4 students you will have the opportunity for more 1-on-1 time with each instructor.

Meaningful relationships.
Relationships are essential for building trust and a successful practice. The close relationships you’ll build with your mentor instructors, fellow students, and clients will prove invaluable on your amazing journey to becoming a true bodyworker and healer.

Follow in our footsteps.
The Master Bodywork Program will teach you everything you need to know to pass your licensing exam and become a proficient massage therapist. Building on the basics, you will have the singular opportunity to learn an incredibly effective technique exclusive to the PRC: the Integrated Modalities Bodywork (IMB) — a unique blend of Western, Eastern, Energetic, and Technological modalities that founder George Davis has developed over his 25 years as a bodyworker and healer. You’ll learn side by side with therapists who have incorporated IMB into their own style of healing, and who will guide you as you find your own. Whether it’s hands-on bodywork, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques or energy work, the skills you’ll develop are based on years of experience and a track record that includes helping over 30,000 people.

Master Bodywork Program Phases

The Program consists of two segments

The Academic segment

The initial segment is a 12-week, 170-hour academic program that, after successful completion, will qualify you to apply for an apprenticeship permit.

This segment focuses on the applied sciences: anatomy, physiology, pathology, and structural kinesiology. You will learn about the structure of the body, its systems and how they work together, the theory behind and the effects of therapeutic massage, and the fundamental massage techniques. You will also learn the benefits and contraindications of massage as well as learning proper draping techniques, sanitation and hygiene, and office procedures.

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The Apprenticeship segment

The Apprenticeship is a 550-hour program that must be completed between 6 months to one year. Once you’ve received your apprenticeship permit you can start putting into action everything you’re learning. You’ll develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the applied sciences as you start working on the other students and through case studies. You will be expected to communicate using medical and anatomical terminology as well develop competency in identifying anatomical landmarks, understanding physiological functions, and discussing theory and pathological contraindications for massage.

You will also be introduced to clinical operations — proper office procedures, record keeping and SOAP notes (an acronym representing a widely used method of documentation for healthcare workers), how to build rapport and conduct yourself with clients. In addition you’ll learn about scheduling, billing, and thinking about ways to market your talents. Plus you’ll spend time learning the Laws and Rules regulating massage therapy in our Hawai’i nei.

The real fun begins when you dive into advanced techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, MyoFascial Release, TCM modalities including Cupping and Gua Sha, various branches of Energywork, and more. Towards the end of your training you will be asked to explore and present to the group a pathway of healing that particularly resonates with you.

Now that you’ve demonstrated proficiency in the fundamentals, it’s time to start putting it all together. First you’ll start mastering your craft by working on other students, instructors, and volunteers. Once your instructors are satisfied with your competency in the skills we’ve taught you, you will be allowed to advance to the supervised student clinic.

During the supervised student clinic you will be responsible for each client’s intake and health history forms, SOAP notes and billing.

Licensure and Accreditation

Upon successfully completing the apprenticeship program you will be eligible to apply for the Massage Therapist Licensing Exam, which is offered 4 times per year (March, June, September, December). There is an application fee of $50 (made payable to The State of Hawaii). 

In addition, you may qualify to take either the MBlex or the NCBTMB national Certification exam. While Hawaii recognizes the educational hours garnered through an apprenticeship program, some states may not. Obtaining your national certification may make the process of getting a license in another state a possibility.

Massage Therapy Training Instructors

Olivia Nagashima

The Academic segment is taught by Olivia Nagashima, the current Chair of the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy. She is a successful therapist, entrepreneur and instructor who has years of experience in healing and education. She is passionate about helping the profession evolve and is active in the American Massage Therapy Association at both the local (she is currently President of the Hawaii Chapter) and national levels. Olivia will instill in you a deep sense of professionalism, show you how to develop trust and relationships with your clients, and will make learning complicated material easy and fun. Through her mentorship you will learn to flourish in a thriving and much-needed profession.

George Davis

The Apprenticeship segment is taught by PRC therapists and other professionals. George Davis is the founder of The PRC and is the past Chair and member of the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy. He is a life-long entrepreneur who knows how to create a successful business. His extensive experience and obsession with studying different modalities led him to the creation of Integrated Modalities Bodywork, a way of looking at bodywork that he has now chosen to pass on to a future generation of healers and bodyworkers. Through his mentorship you will learn how to develop your own style of work that is equally as effective as his, but is truly a reflection of you. 

Kevin Schoonmaker

 Kevin Schoonmaker discovered his calling while a medic in the U.S. Army. A “Gym Rat” by nature, he began by helping other Army personnel improve their levels of fitness, change their attitudes, and better their lives. After leaving the Army, this dedication to health and wellness segued into massage therapy and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. His unique combination of experiences made his foray into Integrated Modalities Bodywork a natural fit. Through his mentorship you will learn how to look at pain from a more eastern perspective and broaden your perspective on what it means to be a bodyworker and healer.

Jennifer Schoonmaker

Jennifer Schoonmaker is both an accomplished bodyworker and a licensed esthetician. Her calling has led her on a path of growing enlightenment that allows her to not only address the physical aspects of pain through bodywork, but also the spiritual and energetic aspects through a plethora of modalities. She is a Reiki Master, Ho’omanaloa practitioner, and certified Theta Healer. Through her mentorship you will learn how to reach into and begin the healing process of the energetic aspects of pain.

Master Bodywork Program Requirements


The State of Hawaii requires a current certification in both an infant and adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training course issued by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. This certification must accompany your exam application. The are a variety of organizations that offer this certification and any associated fees would be payable to them.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 18 years of age
  • Submit an application and include a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Complete an interview with the Principal Therapist
  • Once you’ve been accepted into the program you will sign a Participation Agreement and provide a $250 deposit that will be applied toward your tuition.
Monday / Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


A student will be allowed to miss up to 4 hours of class time with no penalty. Additional absences will necessitate make-up sessions that can be scheduled directly with the instructor. These make-up sessions are NOT part of the 720-Hour Master Bodywork Program. The additional cost is $50 per hour of private one-on-one time with the instructor.


Most books are available on Amazon and are not included in tuition.


  • Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage (6th edition) by Mark Beck
  • Trail Guide to the Body: A Hands on Guide to Locating Muscles, Bones and More by Andrew Biel
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book (4th edition) by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson


  • The Clinical Massage Therapy: Understanding, Assessing and Treating Over 70 Conditions by Fiona Rattray and Linda Ludwig
  • The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies
  • Myofascial Release Therapy: A Visual Guide to Clinical Applications by Michael J. Shea

(plus 4.172% GET)

  • Workshop: $2950
  • Apprenticeship: $1550
  • Total Tuition: $4500
  • Students will also be required to have student malpractice insurance: $105

Tuition and any additional costs may be paid by check (made payable to The Pain Relief Center), cash, money order, cashier’s check, Venmo or credit card. A $45 fee will be charged for returned checks.

Tuition is due prior to the start of the first class day. Payment plans can be made on an individual basis according to need, in which case the first payment is due prior to the start of the first class day. Tuition for Workshop and Apprenticeship segments can be paid separately. A 10% discount is available if full tuition is paid on signing the participation agreement.

Tuition must be paid in full in order to receive a certified copy of your transcript, which is required to apply for the State of Hawaii licensing exam.


• The $50 application deposit is non-refundable.

• The $250 deposit will be applied to your tuition and will be part of any refund.

• Any refunds must be approved by the Principle Therapist based on this schedule.

  • 80% refund if you withdraw 60-90 days prior to start of class
  • 50% refund if you withdraw 30-60 days prior to start of class
  • No Refunds are available if you withdraw 30 days prior to the start of class.

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