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Starting in March!

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Mission Statement

We are committed to being of service to our students, creating a space to grow personally & professionally. We provide quality education for the wellness & beauty industries in a luxury spa environment. We believe in open hearts & healing hands, that nurture the bodies, minds & spirits of our community.

State Regulation/Licensure

Massage Therapists practice under many different legal provisions in every state. Licensing requirements & laws vary. We encourage students to contact the city & state they intend to work in & learn the specific laws that will apply to them. Our Massage Therapy Program provides a 700 hour program that exceeds the regulation & licensing requirements in most states throughout the country. If you want to practice in one of the few states that require more than 700 hours, we suggest you enroll in our Medical Massage Program. The Medical Massage Program consists of 1000 hours of education & practice.

Inspirit classes rise above traditional programs to incorporate much more than just basic training. We believe these components promote professional & personal success. Our science classes are taught by instructors that can help students learn how each area relates to their specific profession. Our business classes are taught by instructors that have at least 20 years of experience in the field! We teach business & ethics classes from the highest standards. We also look at the energetic components of success. We explore how we can attract prosperity & abundance in all areas of our lives! Please see our class descriptions, to get an idea of how we go above & beyond the industry standards, in so many ways!

In addition to the required hours of education, Iowa requires applicants for state licensure to sit for exams, to determine competency. We assist our students in the application process for their board exams. Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). MBLEx is a valid, reliable licensing exam to determine entry-level competence & is the licensing exam standard for the majority of states. We work very closely with our students, to help them pass Boards. Statistically, if a graduate from a program sits for boards and does not pass, they often chose not to retake boards. We make sure this does not happen, everyone that graduates from our Massage Program passes boards. We have our students sit for Boards while they are still students, while they have access to a full support system. If a student fails Boards, we continue to coach them until they do pass. Inspirit is the ONLY SCHOOL IN THE AREA where 100% OF OUR Massage Program GRADUATES PASS BOARDS! Our Lead Instructors have many years of extensive teaching experience & a commitment to make us one of the best schools in the nation. Their experience in their field, combined with their love of teaching are exceptional! At Inspirit, we create a student rewards account based on meeting weekly goals (not related to services provided, but attendance & academic achievements). This account can be used to help cover the costs involved to sit for Boards & apply for licensing! We do this as a gift to our students! Just another way we show we care!

The programs at Inspirit Institute are licensed or regulated by:

Iowa State Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319 
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
430 East Grand Ave. – Floor 3
Des Moines, IA 50309-1920

Inspirit is a proud member of The American Bodywork & Massage Professionals!

Accreditation – Benefits & Drawbacks

Probably the main benefit of accreditation is the ability to offer Title IV funding to students. Readily available funds make the decision to attend a training program easier for many potential students & tend to increase enrollment numbers for schools. We are happy to remain a small school, in fact it is part of who we are. Many schools report that the availability of federal financial aid changes their student demographic & even their campus culture. We are happy with our primarily “non-traditional” students. School program length is also somewhat dictated by Title IV funding, as financial aid eligibility is based on students’ course load.

Some schools seek accreditation because they feel it lends prestige & legitimacy to their program, often promoting accreditation in marketing campaigns. Accreditation, however, is not an absolute mark of a program’s quality, as there are many examples of exceptional programs that are not accredited, along with examples of accredited institutions that are substandard. Accreditation does ensure that certain benchmarks (including program completion & career placement) are met & that a school conducts business according to accepted principles. This structure ensures that curricula & procedures are consistent with other schools accredited by the same agency, but it also removes some of the school’s flexibility. In Iowa, we already are held accountable to governmental bodies that ensure these standards.

The accreditation process provides a structure for a school to compare itself to an approved standard & to identify areas of strength & weakness, often leading to improved operational & educational procedures. On the flip side, is the increased workload for the school’s administrative staff, with the entire application process & record keeping consuming considerable time. This would surely increase the costs of operation, which would translate to higher tuition costs.

At this time, Inspirit has chosen to not be accredited, simply to be able to offer Title IV funding. We are aware that doing so, would ultimately increase the overall costs of our tuition. There are many options available to finance tuition, please see the financial matters section of this catalog for more information!


Just step inside & you will know if you belong here! In comparison to the “big box schools”, we may seem small, but we believe staying small is our niche. We live by the theory “small school – big possibilities!” We are committed to always keeping small class sizes, so that we can give each & every student the individual attention they deserve. The entire space has been designed following Feng Shui principles, to allow for a sense of warmth & safety for our students, staff & clients. All of our equipment is top of the line, the same or better, than in any full service luxury spa! We have a cozy reception/relaxation & retail area to welcome you. A private testing area for students. An Administrative Office off the reception area. 2 classrooms with lovely hand-washing stations & audio-visual equipment in both. You never have to drag a heavy massage table to school, because we provide high-end tables in all our treatment rooms & classrooms. We have a quiet space for our student lounge & library, laundry facilities for students, 2 showers, & 3 large handicap accessible restrooms. We are very proud of our 11 large & fully equipped, massage treatments rooms (including rooms for couples/side-by-side sessions). These Feng Shui, private rooms provide a therapeutic environment for our clients. Our manicure stations have beautiful, marble tops & the most comfortable seating available for both the clients & the students. Our luxurious pedicure chairs have massage seats & whirlpool jets, with color therapy available. We are conveniently located in a highly visible area, near many retail stores & restaurants. We offer plenty of free, off-street parking in front for our clients & a large private parking lot available for students & staff.

Class Size Inspirit assures quality education by maintaining SMALL class sizes. Many schools have class sizes up to 35 students. In order to allow for close attention to details, personal attention, & maximum opportunity for participation, Inspirit limits our class sizes to 10 or less! We manage to do this at reasonable tuition rates.

Employment Opportunities

Massage Therapy continues to be a growing profession as more people seek alternative or complimentary therapies for medical conditions. Massage Therapy has consistently ranked in the top therapies for stress & pain relief. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor, economics, & statistics. According to BLS, the employment of massage therapists is expected to grow 20% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.

The U.S. Department of Labor provides current job information at The website includes information by job position to include state & national wages, occupation profiles/descriptions, state & national trends, knowledge, skills, & abilities needed for each position. Future jobs for massage therapy may include, but are not limited to positions with the following:

  • Medical Doctors & Doctors of Chiropractic
  • Massage & Wellness Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Physical Therapists & Sports Medicine Centers
  • Hospice & Home Care Providers
  • Health Clubs
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Acupuncture Clinics
  • Chair Massage in airports, malls, & more!
  • Nursing Homes
  • Salons & Spas
  • Cruise Ships
  • On-Site for Corporations

With 11 treatment rooms available & a professional salon, our most gifted graduates can even be a part of our professional level clinic! We may even consider exceptional students for training to become instructors!

(at the time of printing 01/15)

Employment Assistance

Inspirit offers employment advisory services for students & graduates. In the Business Workshops, many hours are spent on specific career development exercises. An abundance of job opportunities are also posted on our jobs board. Like other schools, Inspirit cannot be responsible for, or guarantee employment or salary to students/graduates. It is always our intention to train at a high level, which makes our graduates stand out in their fields, which leads to successful employment!

Inspirit Institute, Inc.
Education & Spa for Wellness & Beauty