About Our School


The Institute of Massage Therapies (IMT) was founded in the fall of 2001 as both a massage clinic and school. Our intent is to provide the community with the highest quality care in the art and science of massage therapy. We seek always to be focused on the highest good of our clients and the highest achievement for our students.

Our goal is to provide our students with superior quality instruction and experiences in our massage therapy certification programs. The course work is founded in up-to-date techniques and current research. Our instructors are highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals who are passionate about teaching. Our program has been certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The educational program of IMT is specifically designed to facilitate the development and professional growth of every massage therapy student. Textbook knowledge, physical senses, and intuition are integrated and blended together to bring into action caring techniques to assist each client in self-healing of body, mind, and spirit. Class size is limited to 14 students. More than 50% of the training program incorporates hands-on learning and skills development. Instruction in advanced Medical Massage techniques comprises the last 30% of massage classes.

We are regulated and certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Our graduation rate is 100% for those who complete the program and the pass rate for first time test takers for the National Certification Board Exam is 98-100%.

Director, Pamela Loutzenhiser, is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with over 1500 hours of advanced education. She has a Master's Certification in Medical Massage, is certified in Reflexology, certified in manual lymphatic drainage, and is one of the instructors at IMT. She is a lifetime member of the National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, and a professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She has been teaching in massage certification training programs in the Richmond area since 1996

Financial Information

Most students choose to complete their tuition payments by graduation. This allows for monthly payments without any interest charges. We also have a financing plan available that can extend your payments to 22 months with a co-signer.

Program Objectives

1. To provide each student with high quality professional education for their mind, hands, and heart.

2. To prepare students to perform massage procedures competently and safely within the scope of massage therapy with an advanced level of awareness of the physiological, psychological and ethical aspects relating to this profession.

3. To prepare students to utilize the principles of massage therapy to bring relief from pain, relaxation of muscles, encourage healing, and maintain optimum health for the human body.

4. To prepare students to have the knowledge and skills for managing a private practice, to work with other healthcare professionals, and to work in a resort or spa facility.

5. To prepare students to further develop their knowledge and skills as a means for professional and personal growth.

6. To prepare students for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam.

Why the Institute of Massage Therapies?

  • When the quality of your education matters…
  • When you desire training and skills that set you apart from the average massage therapist…
  • When you want to learn from passionate teachers who actually practice what they teach every day....
  • When you need teachers who really love to teach and are committed to our students’ success…
  • When you want assurance that your education will prepare you to pass the National Certification Exam - the first time...
  • When you are looking for a profession, but not a college degree with student loans to repay…
  • When you want to be proud of where you attended school…
  • ...THEN seriously take a close look at the Institute of Massage Therapies.


News Release

The Institute of Massage Therapies was a presenter for VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for a Pain Management Symposium held Oct. 15, 2011. Director Pam Loutzenhiser and Instructor Gary Graham presented an educational talk on the role of Therapeutic and Medical Massage in pain management. Approximately 200 primary care physicians, pain specialists, physiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals from Virginia and the East Coast attended the symposium.


Institute of Massage Therapies
Receives 2011
Best of Richmond Award

NEW YORK, NY, December 5, 2011 -- Institute of Massage Therapies has been selected for the 2011 Best of Richmond Award in the Massage Therapy Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Award Presented to: Institute of Massage Therapies, Inc
New 2012 Star Rating: 5

Institute of Massage Therapies, Inc
Scores Another Victory with the 2012 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award!
We would like to extend our congratulations to you and your staff for reaching another milestone in overall customer satisfaction. As you recall, in 2011 your business received the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, and through hard work and commitment, the Institute of Massage Therapies, Inc team has achieved a consecutive win with 5 stars for 2012!

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