Massage Therapy

The Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage offers two massage programs to meet the educational needs of any student's career goals. Each course covers fundamental massage techniques that will prepare students to pass the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam and lead them to a successful career as a massage therapist. 

Fundamental Massage

This fundamental course consists of the 500 hours required by TDLR to become a licensed massage therapist. Students will be taught structures and functions of the human body and how they relate to techniques of Swedish massage. The course also covers self-care, proper body mechanics, safety, hygiene and personal injury prevention. To prepare students for a successful career after obtaining their license, they learn the skills needed for planning, beginning and operating a business in massage therapy. 

The course includes a 50-hour internship program where students will gain hands-on experience performing typical functions of a massage therapist. Intern duties include activities such as making client appointments and, performing client intake and assessment. 


ICE&M also offers a Fundamental Massage Scholarship course with an additional 70-hour internship where students perform massage treatments on clients. 

Students will cover theory and practical subjects including: 

  • Swedish massage therapy techniques. 

  • Anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and basic pharmacology. 

  • Hydrotherapy. 

  • Health and hygiene. 

  • Business practices and professional ethics.

Hours, Tuition
  • 500 Hours
  • $4,995 – includes tuition, books, supplies and registration fee​

  • Full-time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., M-F. Approximately five months to complete. 

Hours, Tuition
  • 570 Hours
  • $3,495 – includes tuition, books, supplies and registration fee​

  • Full-time: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., M-F. Approximately six months to complete. 

​Hours, Tuition & Attendance
  • 600 Hours
  • $5,470 – includes tuition, books, supplies and registration fee​

  • Full-time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F. Approximately months to complete. 

Premier Massage

The Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage aims to provide students with the best education crucial for a successful career in the massage industry and that is achieved through the Premier CIDESCO Massage course exclusive to ICE&M. The course includes the 500 hours from the Fundamental Massage course, plus 140 hours of advanced massage classes covering skills that many spas require for their employees. 

Students that opt for the Premier CIDESCO Massage course will complete the base 500 hours with the Fundamental Massage course and complete the additional 140 hours in separate classes, Monday through Friday, for 14 weeks. Licensed massage therapists can take the advanced classes through the Advanced Massage Class program. The advances classes are designed to prepare students for the CIDESCO Body Therapy Certificate and include subjects: 

  • Body analysis – determining contra-indications. 

  • Heat therapy – sauna, steam, infra-red and paraffin wax. 

  • Mechanical massage – gyratory, percussion and audio-sonic vibrators. 

  • Galvanic body treatments – electrical currents, iontophoresis. 

  • Electrical muscle stimulation – faradic type, EMS, NMS, microcurrent and interferential electrical currents. 

  • Manual lymph drainage and vacuum suction. 

  • Body treatments – exfoliation, body wraps and masks. 

  • Hot stone massage. 

  • Pregnancy massage. 

  • Deep tissue massage. 

  • CIDESCO mock exam.  

  • Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination prep.

The Administrative Rules of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 117 can be found on the TDLR website.

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Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage

7011 Harwin Drive, Suite 100 

Houston, Texas 77036

(713) 783-9988 |

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