Five Branches University offers a wide variety of classes in therapeutic massage and bodywork, bringing together wisdom from modalities based in Eastern and Western Traditions. Some courses may be taken individually, for massage therapists and other healing practitioners wanting to add to their skills, or who require more class hours to re-certify with the CAMTC.

500 Hour Massage and Asian Bodywork Therapist Program

The 500-hour Massage and Asian Bodywork Program, offered at both our San Jose and Santa Cruz campuses, qualifies you to apply with the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to become a state-Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). Five Branches is a CAMTC-approved school and this program will provide the preparation necessary to confidently take the MBLEx exam, required with certification by CAMTC.

The program is offered part-time, with classes offered in the mornings and on weekends, so that participants can also work, if they choose. The entire 500-hour program can be completed in two trimesters, or about 8 months.

Courses include:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Asian Bodywork
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business and Career Paths


Class Schedule Summer 2017

In Santa Cruz:

Swedish (105 hours), Mon, Wed, Fri, 9am-12pmMay 8th – July 28

Professional Ethics and Business Management (45 hours), Tues 9-12pm, May 9-August 15

Surface Anatomy (45 hours), Thurs 9-12pmMay 11-August 17

Shiatsu 1 and 2 (15 hours each weekend), Sat & Sun, June 17 & 18July 8 & 99am-5:30pm

Medical Qi Gong 1 (30 hours), Sat & Sun, June 3 & 49am – 5:30pm and Sundays July 16, 30 & August 6 12pm-5pm

Intrinsic Touch/Cranial Sacral (30 hours), August 7 – 18, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9am-12pm and Thurs 1-4pm



In San Jose:

Professional Ethics and Business Management (45 hours), Thurs 9-12pmMay 11-August 17

Surface Anatomy (45 hours), Weds 9-12pmMay 10th-August 16

Acupressure and Tui Na, weekend days 9am-5:30pm;

Saturdays May 13 & 20, Sat & Sun May 27-28, June 10-11, June 24-25, July 8-9, July 22-23, August 5-6, Sat August 19


*Above dates are subject to change.


Prerequisites: High School diploma, GED or equivalent

Catalog with descriptions of classes will be available soon!

Contact Us:

Five Branches Massage Program

Program Director: Aura Wilson
Santa Cruz: (831) 476-9424


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