New Hampshire Massage Therapy Schools & Certification

New Hampshire is one of the most amazing states in the United States and boasts of a variety of people, culture and weather. Here you will find very cold, blustery weather in the winter and quite relaxing, warm and enjoyable weather in the summer time.

Many people travel to the northern states to experience the rich culture and state history. To compliment their travels, why not stop and receive a relaxing massage? That is where you come in as the aspiring massage therapist.

By meeting all of the requirements in the state of New Hampshire you can become one of the several licensed individuals who are finding this a desirable state to work. Enjoy the journey and jump right in to start your own massage therapy business in the tiny state of New Hampshire.

Scroll straight to the bottom to see a list of the top massage therapy schools in New Hampshire.

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

New Hampshire is a budding state to practice massage therapy. Here there are nearly 2,000 licensed practitioners who are pursuing their career and are a part of the competition.

To become a licensed massage therapist you will need to meet certain criteria and requirements, which have been outlined in this article. Continue reading to find out more.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

The state of New Hampshire requires you to obtain at least 750 hours of in class instruction in an approved massage therapy school. Once you have obtained your education you can then apply for licensure and take one of the approved national exams. During your education you will learn the following topics:

  • Body systems including Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Massage and Bodywork Assessment
  • Theory
  • Applying these to the hands on practice
  • Business and Ethics

Licensure Qualifying Programs

The following is a list of some of the approved massage schools and programs in the New Hampshire area that you may choose to enroll in for your education requirement. Please feel free to use the following information to contact the schools for any questions or concerns.

White Mountains Community College
2020 Riverside Drive
Berlin, NH 03560
Phone: 603-752-1113
Email: wmcc@ccsnh.edu

River Valley Community College
1 College Drive
Claremont, NH 03743
Phone: 603-542-7744
Email: rivervalley@ccsnh.edu

Vital Kneads Institute
14 Country Club Road
Gilford, NH 03269
Phone: 603-527-8053
Email: vitalkneads@metrocast.net

New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts
153 Lowell Road
Hudson, NH 03051
Phone: 603-882-3022

River Valley Community College
310 Marlboro Street
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 603-357-2142
Email: kaldrich@ccsnh.edu

North Eastern Institute of Whole Health
22 Bridge Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: 603-623-5018

Seacoast Career School
670 N Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: 603-624-7222

Nashua Community College
505 Amhurst Street
Nashua, NH 03063
Phone: 603-882-6923

Licensing/Certification Requirements

To become initially licensed as a massage therapist in the state of New Hampshire you must meet and submit the following requirements:

To accompany your application you must also submit the following:

    • You recent photograph – this must be as a 2×2 passport size photo.
    • An official diploma with your name and address on it from the massage school of which you attended.
    • Official transcripts from the massage school of which you graduated from.
    • Documentation of the national massage examination that you took.
    • Documentation of your current CPR certification, First Aid and AED certification.
  • Graduate from a massage therapy school. You must have at least 750 hours of massage therapy courses.
  • You must have a current certification issued by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or from another nationally recognized massage therapy board.
  • Maintain Adult CPR and First Aid certification from the American Heart Association, or from a similar organization.
  • You must be in good standing, good health and mental clarity. You must be free from any criminal offense and be able to prove this.

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is the main organization that oversees the massage licensing industry for New Hampshire.

If you would like to speak with a representative about any comments or concerns you may have, please feel free to utilize the following contact information:

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Licensing & Certification Services
Office of Operations Support
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-9254
Toll-Free: 800-852-3345 ext. 9254
Fax: 603-271-5590

Requirements to Start a Massage Business in New Hampshire (Massage Establishment License)

The resources that are available to you as a new massage business owner are boundless. Be sure to visit the state’s official business webpage to find out more information about beginning your dream of owning your own massage business. The following is a short list of some of the factors you will need to consider before opening your personal practice:

  • Choose what structure you would like to operate as – sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.
  • Name and register your business with the state.
  • Obtain your massage therapy license.
  • Obtain a tax ID number.
  • Choose a location for your practice.

Massage License Renewal Process

For renewal of your massage therapy license, you will be required to submit a massage therapy renewal application and pay the associated $100 renewal fee. Additionally, you must submit documentation proving that you completed at least 12 hours of continuing education courses.

Massage License Reciprocity

If you hold a massage therapy license in another state or jurisdiction, then you may apply for massage license reciprocity with the state of New Hampshire. To do so, you must complete and submit an application of reciprocity to the Department of Health and Human Services.

You can find this application by following the link provided here. Please send your completed application to the following address:

State of New Hampshire
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Operations Support
Licensing and Regulation Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3857

To accompany your application you must also submit the following:

  • Your recent photograph – this must be as a 2×2 passport size photo.
  • An official diploma with your name and address on it from the massage school of which you attended.
  • Official transcripts from the massage school of which you graduated from.
  • Documentation of the national massage examination that you took.
  • Documentation of your current CPR certification, First Aid and AED certification.
  • License application fee of $125.

Note: Specific personnel information, office addresses, fees, payments etc. may change over time. Although we do our best to keep this site up to date, please ensure you contact the state board to obtain the most recent information at the time of your application.

Here is a list of the top massage therapy schools near you. We have an arrangement with all of them that allow you to request information for FREE. Please do so and take that first step toward a better future.

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Programs:

  • Massage Therapy - Associate's
Locations:  Richmond

Prepare for a Career That You Will Love … in Massage Therapy!

Do you want a career that offers the satisfaction of helping people and a work environment that is positive and exciting?  With the education you will receive at the Virginia School of Massage, that career can be yours. 

Programs:

  • Professional Massage Therapy Program
Locations:  Charlottesville

Miller-Motte Technical College (MMTC) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you've completed your program, you're truly ready to begin your career.

Programs:

  • Massage Therapy - Diploma
Locations:  Lynchburg

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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Programs:

  • Massage Therapy
Locations:  Norfolk

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
Locations:  Virginia Beach
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Programs:

  • Respiratory Therapy
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Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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