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Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute
Massage & Bodywork School in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Massage and Bodywork School - Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute
Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute


Therapeutic Massage to Suit your Needs


The Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute is a holistic center where vocational training, transformation and healing occur. We educate individuals in the art and science of bodywork and self-healing. Our methods are holistic, compassionate and practical to daily life. Our student body is inclusive to people of all race, gender and beliefs. Our graduates are successful professionals and empowered individuals serving their families, clients and communities.

The Institute was founded in 1984 and ownership was transferred to Katie Mickey in January 1990. We are state approved by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and the California Board of Registered Nurses.


Please visit our website at for current class schedule


Our office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm PST, and on weekends by appointment. We ask that you schedule an appointment before visiting so that we may better assist you. For more information please visit our website at

Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute - Santa Barbara Massage School
Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute
516 N. Quarantina St
Santa Barbara, CA


• Relaxation & stress relief
• Calms the nervous system
• Lowers blood pressure
• Reduces heart rate
• Slows respiration, promotes more effective breathing
• Loosens tight muscles
• Stretches connective muscle
• Reduces chronic pain
• Improves muscle & skin tone
• Increases blood & lymph circulation
• Speeds removal of metabolic wastes
• Stimulates endorphin release
• Relieves cramps & spasms
• Increases flexibility & range of motion
• Speeds recovery from injury & illness
• Reduces swelling & scarring
• Increases metabolism
• Decreases muscular deterioration

Services & Costs:

Student Swedish massage (ongoing) - $35 Receive a full-body, oil based massage that focuses on stress relief, and relaxing the muscles through soothing, flowing strokes
Graduate Clinic (ongoing) -
$45 Receive a full body massage of Swedish, Deep Tissue or other advanced modality with our Graduate Students. All therapists in the graduate clinic are certified massage therapists.

Advanced Modalities - $35 Available when offered

Massage Schedule & Details

Welcome to our

Student Swedish Clinics:
Tuesday & Thursday at 2:00 & 3:30
Tuesday & Friday at 6:00 & 7:30

Graduate Student Clinics:
Mornings: Friday & Saturday 11:15
Afternoons: Monday, Friday & Saturday 12:30, 1:45, 3:00 & 4:15

Advanced Modalities
- available when offered.
All student sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise indicatedonday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30 or 3:00
Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00 or 7:30


This is the classic oil-based massage designed to relieve stress, unwind tension and enliven states of peace and well-being. The session systemically works each area of the body with a succession of flowing, wringing, kneading, vibrating and static pressure techniques, moving from gentle to deep contact. Swedish massage is highly effective in addressing today’s most common ailments: depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, weakened immune system, backaches, neck and shoulder pain, hypertension, tendonitis and assorted stress related ailments.

Deep Tissue focuses on releasing long held tension (“knots”). An effective session will penetrate deep into the musculature and release stubborn tightness and relieve soreness.

Cross-fiber friction, trigger point pressure & stretches break up adhesions and enhance muscle performance. Addresses injuries common to competitive athletes. Ideal for pre- and post-event.

This modality assists the lymph system in processing and removing toxins. Very soothing and gentle, it helps stimulate the flow of lymph from body tissue. It is a powerful technique for supporting a speedy recovery from illness.

Polarity therapy focuses on the electromagnetic field of the body. Discomfort is eased as the practitioner balances energy pulses. Subtle work that has powerful effects. (We also offer Reiki & other Energy work.)

Tight connective tissue can pull the body into misalignment con-tributing to neck & back pain, etc. This work releases constriction by lengthening connective tissue and is extremely successful in helping to relieve chronic pain patterns.

Massage can assist the body in staying flexible and pain free during the changes of pregnancy, reducing the stress on mother & infant. After birth the tissues can be supported in restoring balance and resiliency.

Developed in ancient Japan, Shiatsu utilizes pressure on the acupuncture points to balance the body’s energy and promote good health. The client can be clothed, because this style uses no oil.

Uses subtle movements on the head, sacrum, and along the spinal column to bring balance to the cerebrospinal fluid and the body-mind. This deeply profound work supports the integration of the nervous system and endocrine system.

Uses compression, kneading & acupressure to ease muscle tension. Sessions can be an invigorating pick-me up or restorative & relaxing. Client remains fully clothed. Perfect for office sessions.

A fully clothed session applying static pressure to feet and hands to encourage the flow of blood, lymph and energy in the corresponding “reflexive” areas of the body.

Any of these styles may be combined during a session to suit your needs.


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