Professional Massage Therapy Programs

Blue Sky School of Pro­fes­sion­al Mas­sage & Ther­a­peu­tic Body­work has been offer­ing a pro­fes­sion­al mas­sage ther­a­py pro­gram since 1985.  We have three pro­gram options. start­ing 2 – 3 times each year and a choice of Full-time or Part-time sched­ules.

Blue Sky is also approved by the Wis­con­sin Edu­ca­tion­al Approval Pro­gram, Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits for those that qual­i­fy and is a NCBTMB Assigned School and AMTA School Mem­ber.

In 2015, Blue Sky vol­un­tar­i­ly with­drew from being nation­al­ly insti­tu­tion­al­ly accred­it­ed and vol­un­tar­i­ly with­drew from offer­ing Fed­er­al Finan­cial Aid.  The amount of paper­work, addi­tion­al costs and over­all lack of ben­e­fit to the stu­dent was the dri­ving forces behind that deci­sion.  To clar­i­fy: In the State of Wis­con­sin, for a stu­dent to be able to qual­i­fy to sit for the State and Nation­al exams, a school does not need to be nation­al­ly accred­it­ed, they need to be Approved by the Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Safe­ty & Pro­fes­sion­al Ser­vices Edu­ca­tion­al Approval Pro­gram (WEAP). Blue Sky IS approved by WEAP.  This dis­tinc­tion between accred­it­ed and being approved is often mis­un­der­stood in the State of WI, do not hes­i­tate to ask ques­tions.  If you plan to leave the State of WI, oth­er states require­ments dif­fer, some dras­ti­cal­ly. It is vital to check those states pri­or to enrolling.  We rec­om­mend tak­ing a look at AMBP

Be sure to request a cat­a­log to learn more in-depth infor­ma­tion about our pro­gram or request a tour and come explore the schools in per­son. When com­par­ing options, be sure to do a cost per hour analy­sis and dis­cuss how many mas­sage modal­i­ties you will learn, to ensure you are get­ting the best val­ue for your dol­lar (total cost divid­ed by total hours of the pro­gram gives you the cost per hour).

Overview of the Program(s)

Our cur­ricu­lum incor­po­rates holis­tic health and well­ness ele­ments.  Stu­dents learn how to take care of them­selves, while learn­ing what can help their future clients. Our Med­ical Inten­sive Track and Kine­si­ol­o­gy Tap­ing Track pro­grams exceed hours required by the State of Wis­con­sin.  Our pro­gram pro­duces in demand grad­u­ates with the skills and knowl­edge to; direct their future path, com­mu­ni­cate with oth­er health care pro­fes­sion­als with con­fi­dence and have the body mechan­ics and addi­tion­al knowl­edge that can lead to longevi­ty in the field.

Spe­cif­ic pro­gram start dates, tuition infor­ma­tion, class infor­ma­tion, etc can be found in the pro­gram cat­a­log. Request your online copy now by fill­ing out the request form or call­ing the Admin office at 262−376−1011

Our 2020 pro­gram choic­es are:

  • Med­ical Inten­sive Track: 850 Clock Hours

Mas­sage ther­a­py is grow­ing in recog­ni­tion to com­ple­ment a vari­ety of med­ical pro­fes­sions such as: med­ical doc­tors, podi­a­trists, den­tists, chi­ro­prac­tors, and phys­i­cal and occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pists. In order to respond to the grow­ing demand for ther­a­pists adept at using clin­i­cal tech­niques and ana­lyt­i­cal rea­son­ing through mus­cu­loskele­tal pain con­di­tions, we have des­ig­nat­ed a track to focus in this area. In this track, stu­dents will learn assess­ment and treat­ment tech­niques to deal with com­mon painful con­di­tions encoun­tered while work­ing with oth­er health-care pro­fes­sion­als or in pri­vate prac­tice. Offered in Grafton and Green Bay in April and Sep­tem­ber of each year.

  • Med­ical Inten­sive Track with Kine­si­ol­o­gy Tap­ing Track: 874 Clock Hours 

In addi­tion to tak­ing the Med­ical Inten­sive Track, this option includes the three addi­tion­al sem­i­nars so the stu­dent can also include Kine­si­ol­o­gy Tap­ing.   Sports and ther­a­peu­tic tap­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions are on the rise for those inter­est­ed in work­ing in the Sports mas­sage, Therapeutic/Rehabilitative mas­sage fields.Offered in Grafton and Green Bay in April and Sep­tem­ber of each year.

  • Fun­da­men­tal: 681 Clock Hours (Feb 2020)

This pro­gram is a short­er length, less hours, less cost but still as inten­sive as our oth­er pro­grams.  It is more than the basics, but not inclu­sive of sem­i­nars includ­ed in our oth­er pro­grams. It is for those want­i­ng more than the basics, but not need­ing the addi­tion­al time and hour com­mit­ment of our oth­er pro­grams.  It is also great for those that per­haps already hold a license in a com­pli­men­ta­ry field. This pro­gram is offered once a year start­ing in Feb­ru­ary  Grafton & Green Bay.

The Curriculum

Blue Sky does not strive for aver­age or mediocre, we want to have excel­lent mas­sage ther­a­py stu­dents grad­u­at­ing from Blue Sky.  The cur­ricu­lum con­sists of class­es need­ed to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful  PROFESSIONAL mas­sage ther­a­pist., a L.M.T. that is con­fi­dent and able to speak artic­u­late­ly to oth­ers in the allied health care field, with the skills and abil­i­ties to back it up. Our cur­ricu­lum has a holis­tic empha­sis, incor­po­rates neu­ro­mus­cu­lar ther­a­py and oth­er modal­i­ties into it.  The cur­ricu­lum assists the stu­dents in career path options and was cre­at­ed to pro­vide the stu­dent the con­fi­dence and knowl­edge to step into just about any posi­tion they seek.

Holistic Emphasis

Tai ChiIncor­po­rat­ed into the cur­ricu­lum is infor­ma­tion on nat­ur­al solu­tions to health and well­ness. We want to share with our stu­dents’ infor­ma­tion on body aware­ness, self-care strate­gies and prop­er body mechan­ics to keep you hap­py and healthy in the field. Blue Sky aims to reach each indi­vid­ual, not only through teach­ing the­o­ry and tech­nique, but also in improv­ing and sup­port­ing each student’s per­son­al state of being.

The Faculty

Our fac­ul­ty is ded­i­cat­ed to Blue Sky and the suc­cess of each stu­dent. Many of our instruc­tors are trained in mul­ti­ple fields, lend­ing addi­tion­al insight to their instruc­tion. The instruc­tors have prac­ticed in their respec­tive fields and bring per­son­al and direct expe­ri­ence work­ing with clients to their instruc­tion.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQOur inten­tion here is to pro­vide you with answers to some of the ques­tions we hear most often. If your ques­tion is not addressed below, please con­tact us at 262−376−1011.

It is our goal to make sure that our stu­dents grasp, under­stand, and can apply the mate­r­i­al pre­sent­ed to them in class. We are com­mit­ted to excel­lence and our cur­ricu­lum expects a great deal from our stu­dents in order to train them to be com­pe­tent, qual­i­fied mas­sage ther­a­pists. In the same regard, Blue Sky expects to give the stu­dents a great deal in return.

We under­stand our stu­dents have jobs, fam­i­lies, and lives out­side of Blue Sky. Thus, to accom­mo­date all of these fac­tors, Blue Sky offers dif­fer­ent options to fit your sched­ule. Our Full-time pro­gram is eleven and a half (11.5) month pro­gram for the Med­ical Inten­sive Track, Kine­si­ol­o­gy Tap­ing Track and Fun­da­men­tal option.  The part-time option is a twen­ty three (23) month pro­gram (not avail­able for the Fun­da­men­tal choice). Part-time option may not be avail­able with each course offer­ing, refer to the cat­a­log for specifics. Sched­ule sub­ject to change, see cur­rent cat­a­log or adden­dum.

FREE REPORT, By Lex Fil­ipows­ki, copy­right 2014

Before I tell you more, let’s talk about you!

Peo­ple have told you that you’re good with your hands! You love mak­ing peo­ple feel good and you would love mak­ing mon­ey while you do!

So now you say to your­self, “I need to find the right school for me.”

You start call­ing schools and every sin­gle school tells you they are the best school and each school claims that when you grad­u­ate you’ll have all the skills you need to start your excit­ing new career. Wow! An excit­ing new career awaits you!

But whoa! Stop! Hold your hors­es! Which school do you pick? They all say they’re the best! Can they all be? Can they all be the best for you?

How do you choose the school that will give you the high­est lev­el of train­ing so you’ll be one of the most sought after mas­sage ther­a­pists in the field?

How will you know the dif­fer­ence between a school that offers you an excep­tion­al edu­ca­tion and a school that offers you a slick mar­ket­ing cam­paign but gives you a mediocre edu­ca­tion?

Well, I’ve got a secret. I’ve worked on the inside as an “Admis­sions Direc­tor” in some of the big cor­po­rate schools and I know what they do to try to “con­vince you” to go to their school regard­less of the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion you’ll receive and regard­less of what would be best for you!

They don’t want you to know the inside secrets which I’m about to share with you.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there a num­ber of excep­tion­al mas­sage ther­a­py schools through­out the coun­try and the 3 pow­er­ful ques­tions you’ll receive momen­tar­i­ly will help you find those dia­monds amongst the glass!

Here’s more of the secret! All mas­sage ther­a­py schools are a busi­ness. Well, noth­ing is wrong with that, but the prob­lem comes when a school cares more about the bot­tom
line than the suc­cess of their stu­dents.

So what do some schools do? Some­times they invest more mon­ey in their mar­ket­ing than they do in the qual­i­ty of your edu­ca­tion. Why would any school do that? It’s a whole lot eas­i­er to cre­ate slick mar­ket­ing ads than it is to cre­ate an excep­tion­al cur­ricu­lum and edu­ca­tion!

A num­ber of schools pay big bucks to giant mar­ket­ing com­pa­nies to spin their school so you will enroll! What are most peo­ple impressed by? Pret­ty, shiny brochures, with pret­ty shiny peo­ple in it and pol­ished sales pre­sen­ta­tions.

Now there’s noth­ing wrong with all that, but will any of those mar­ket­ing devices real­ly let you know the true qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion you’ll actu­al­ly receive?

No, but a num­ber of peo­ple may actu­al­ly choose a school based on the mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als they receive. Anoth­er impor­tant aspect to con­sid­er is that the term “Admis­sions Rep” is sim­ply a fan­cy name for a trained sales per­son who has big quo­tas to meet and in some school’s you are sim­ply a num­ber to help them meet their quo­ta! I should know — I used to train them!

Some­thing very impor­tant to under­stand is that there are 2 very dif­fer­ent types of Admis­sions Pro­fes­sion­als that a poten­tial stu­dent will meet as they explore a school: Admis­sions Reps and Admis­sions Advi­sors.

The first type I call an Admis­sions Rep. They are basi­cal­ly high­ly trained sales peo­ple who are more inter­est­ed in putting a warm body in a cold seat with cold cash then actu­al­ly help­ing you to deter­mine if their school and the field you are inter­est­ed in is a good match for you. The Admis­sions Reps’ focus is all about them and their school’s suc­cess.

The sec­ond type of Admis­sions Pro­fes­sion­al is what I would call an Admis­sions Advi­sor. What they will do is sim­ply help you explore where you are and where you want to go and help you to deter­mine if their school and the mas­sage ther­a­py field are a good match for you. The Admis­sions Advisor’s focus is all about help­ing you to explore your pos­si­bil­i­ties in depth and to sup­port your future suc­cess.

This brings us to the 3 pow­er­ful, secret ques­tions you *must* ask to find the tru­ly excep­tion­al school:

     #1. How many modal­i­ties will you be able to *prac­tice* upon grad­u­a­tion?
(By the way, a modal­i­ty is a style of mas­sage)

Why is it so impor­tant to learn mul­ti­ple modal­i­ties? If you only learn one style of mas­sage, you will be work­ing in the same way every day. If you do any­thing repet­i­tive­ly, you risk injury or burnout and with only one style of mas­sage, believe me, you will get burned out! If you learn mul­ti­ple styles you will enjoy mas­sag­ing your clients for years!

Also, imag­ine if you were a hair styl­ist but were only taught how to cut one style of hair. Let’s say a bowl-cut. Two things would hap­pen. One, you would get very bored and two, not all of your clients would want that par­tic­u­lar style. One style does not fit all.

The same goes for your mas­sage ther­a­py clients. Each of them will need dif­fer­ent styles depend­ing on who they are and what they need from their mas­sage ther­a­py ses­sion. Some will need the revi­tal­iz­ing effects of a mud wrap or sug­ar glow. Some will need the ther­a­peu­tic work of neu­ro­mus­cu­lar ther­a­py. Some clients may need the stress reduc­tion from a Swedish mas­sage. Make sure the school you select offers mul­ti­ple modal­i­ties!

Now here’s anoth­er secret! A slick mar­ket­ing trick that a num­ber of schools use. Most schools offer only one type of mas­sage train­ing and lit­tle teas­er intros on some oth­er
types dur­ing your edu­ca­tion. They usu­al­ly include these teasers in their brochures and pre­sen­ta­tions. You will prob­a­bly think you learn all of those styles dur­ing your train­ing but in real­i­ty, they do *not* teach you the oth­er styles. You will only be qual­i­fied to prac­tice *one* type of mas­sage upon your grad­u­a­tion.

Remem­ber, ask the school how many modal­i­ties you will be qual­i­fied to prac­tice when you grad­u­ate!

     #2. How does the school teach body mechan­ics, that is how will they teach you the tech­niques of mas­sag­ing clients so you won’t burn-out?

Did you know that a num­ber of mas­sage ther­a­pists have left the field over the last num­ber of years? Why? Sim­ple answer. Because of burnout. They were not taught the prop­er way of using their bod­ies to mas­sage their clients. Make sure the school you select can clear­ly explain to you how they’ll teach you good body mechan­ics.

     #3. Does the school offer a holis­tic approach to your train­ing and have them explain it to you. (This is the MOST impor­tant ques­tion because most schools teach a one-dimen­sion­al tech­ni­cal approach.)

You need to decide if you want a tech­ni­cal train­ing, which teach­es you how to do a tech­ni­cal mas­sage which is very one-dimen­sion­al or a holis­tic train­ing which teach­es mul­ti­ple modal­i­ties and has a mul­ti-dimen­sion­al approach.

Grad­u­ates of tech­ni­cal based mas­sage ther­a­py schools receive a com­pe­tent knowl­edge of the body and learn a thor­ough tech­ni­cal approach to giv­ing mas­sages to their clients, but they tend to give their clients imper­son­al, tech­ni­cal mas­sages. They sim­ply learn how to move mus­cles around.

Grad­u­ates of a holis­tic train­ing not only learn the sci­ence of mas­sage, you will actu­al­ly trans­form as a per­son, which will make you a bet­ter ther­a­pist. From that foun­da­tion you can then trans­form your client dur­ing their mas­sage ses­sion.

How will you trans­form as a per­son you may ask? A holis­tic mas­sage ther­a­py school teach­es you from a Mind/Body/Spirit approach that is heart-cen­tered and takes into account the entire per­son not sim­ply their mus­cles. It’s not just what tech­niques you use in a mas­sage that mat­ter, but how you apply those tech­niques. The “how” involves the kind of envi­ron­ment you cre­ate dur­ing your ses­sion so your client feels safe and open to receive your mas­sage. That mas­sage would then be called a “Mind­ful Mas­sage”. Being mind­ful means you learn how to become calm, cen­tered, open-heart­ed and ful­ly focused on your client through­out their mas­sage. Mind­ful­ness also involves being “embod­ied.” Embod­i­ment means you are not just in your “head” but alive and aware in your body and con­nect­ed with the entire Wis­dom of your Being. All of this allows you to trust your intu­ition to cre­ate a unique mas­sage every time for your client instead of the same “rou­tine.”

Your clients will receive a much deep­er expe­ri­ence from some­one who is trained in the holis­tic approach. If you have a client that has only known the tech­ni­cal mas­sage, they will be absolute­ly blown away by the mul­ti-dimen­sion­al, heart cen­tered holis­tic mas­sage that you give them!

In a tech­ni­cal mas­sage the mas­sage ther­a­pist works “on” you. In a heart-cen­tered holis­tic mas­sage, the ther­a­pist works “with” you. I have a test you can try on your self right now that illus­trates the dif­fer­ence per­fect­ly!

Test # 1. Take your left thumb and find a spot on your right fore­arm that’s sore. Press down hard on it with your thumb. How does that feel?

Test # 2. Now, take your right thumb and find a spot on your left fore­arm that is sore. Light­ly place your thumb over that spot. Light­ly. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, increase your pres­sure only as fast as the mus­cle releas­es under your thumb. This is called sink­ing in. You sink into the mus­cle instead of push­ing on it.

Which expe­ri­ence did you pre­fer? If you picked # 1, then by all means go to a tech­ni­cal mas­sage school. How­ev­er, if you picked # 2, a holis­tic mas­sage school would be per­fect for you. I think your clients would prob­a­bly pick # 2 as well.

You now have the 3 *pow­er­ful* ques­tions that will help you choose the per­fect mas­sage school for you. Make sure that you ask these 3 ques­tions to any school that you are con­sid­er­ing and you will find the school of your dreams!

In my opin­ion, here are three schools I HIGHLY rec­om­mend that grad­u­ate excep­tion­al mas­sage ther­a­pists, not sim­ply com­pe­tent ones.


Blue Sky School of Pro­fes­sion­al Mas­sage and Ther­a­peu­tic Body­work

2 Cam­pus­es

Main cam­pus:

Grafton, WI

Ph: 262−376−1011

Blue Sky Aux­il­iary loca­tion:

Green Bay, WI

Ph: 262−376−1011÷920−489−2861


Ononda­ga School of Ther­a­peu­tic Mas­sage

Syra­cuse, New York



Flori­da School of Mas­sage
Gainesville, FL


Lex Fil­ipows­ki is a Sales and Mar­ket­ing expert as well as a moti­va­tion­al and trans­for­ma­tion­al speak­er. His vision and work is to help peo­ple to “Be Who They Are” and “To Live Their Dreams.” He offers his work­shops through­out the world. You can con­tact Lex direct­ly at 201−953−9984 or E‑mail —

We do not offer Fed­er­al Finan­cial Aid.

We offer a 0% inter­est cus­tomiz­able pay­ment plan option to be paid off by grad­u­a­tion.

Con­tact Lau­rie at for more infor­ma­tion.

Approved for vet­er­ans’ edu­ca­tion ben­e­fits (GI Bill) by the Wis­con­sin State Approv­ing Agency

Dis­cuss any of these options with our inter­view­ing staff or attend a per­son­al tour. Please request the cur­rent cat­a­log for updat­ed inclu­sions and exclu­sions.

Get Your 2020 Pro­gram Cat­a­log Now! Fill out Info below, for an emailed pro­gram cat­a­log.

Call now to speak with a help­ful and friend­ly admis­sions guide: (262) 376‑1011.

Com­plete an appli­ca­tion form. (Last page of the Cat­a­log Adden­dum) or down­load the appli­ca­tion form below.

Enclose a non-refund­able application/interview fee of $50 in the form of a check or mon­ey order made payable to Blue Sky (Mas­ter Card and Visa also accept­ed) along with a com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion form and school tran­script. Upon receipt of the forms and fees, an inter­view will be sched­uled.

Appli­ca­tions for admis­sion to Blue Sky are accept­ed through­out the year. Ear­ly enroll­ment is high­ly encour­aged. Enroll­ment lat­er than two weeks pri­or to the begin­ning of class will be deemed late. Late appli­ca­tions will be con­sid­ered only if space is avail­able.

Send the com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion form and all sup­port­ing mate­ri­als, includ­ing the appli­ca­tion fee, to the fol­low­ing address:
Office of Admis­sions Blue Sky School of Pro­fes­sion­al Mas­sage & Ther­a­peu­tic Body­work
1230 13th Avenue, Grafton, Wis­con­sin 53024
Phone: 262−376−1011
Fax: 262−376−7707

Please note: for 2015 pro­grams and beyond, Title IV Fed­er­al Finan­cial Aid is not being offered.

Schedule an Interview.

As part of the selec­tion process, an inter­view with a staff mem­ber is required. Dur­ing the inter­view, there will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to ask ques­tions and learn more about the pro­gram. The inter­view­er will dis­cuss the applicant’s inter­est in mas­sage as a pro­fes­sion and review the class sched­ule and poli­cies. This inter­view does not guar­an­tee accep­tance into the school. The Admis­sions Com­mit­tee will review each appli­ca­tion and send noti­fi­ca­tion of accep­tance or rejec­tion with­in two weeks of the inter­view. Pro­vi­sion­al accep­tance will be grant­ed to those whose paper­work is not com­plete.

Enroll in the Program.

Required Admis­sion Doc­u­ments must be sub­mit­ted no lat­er than two weeks before the first day of school or it will be con­sid­ered late. For­mal enroll­ment is not com­plete until all Required Admis­sion Doc­u­ments have been received and finan­cial arrange­ments have been made.

Admis­sion Require­ments: The require­ments for enroll­ment in either the Full-time or Part-time pro­grams are:

  • Appli­cants must be at least 18 years of age (pri­or to the first day of class), emo­tion­al­ly sta­ble and phys­i­cal­ly able to per­form tech­niques taught in the pro­gram.
  • Have a high school diplo­ma or equiv­a­lent.
  • Pro­vide tran­scripts from last school / col­lege attend­ed.
  • Pro­vide doc­u­men­ta­tion of hav­ing received one pro­fes­sion­al mas­sage.
  • Have capa­bil­i­ty of hon­or­ing finan­cial oblig­a­tions for tuition, mate­ri­als, and fees.
  • Pro­vide two let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion.
  • Pro­vide a let­ter from a health pro­fes­sion­al stat­ing that appli­cant is in good phys­i­cal, men­tal, and emo­tion­al health and is phys­i­cal­ly able to give and receive mas­sage with no adver­si­ty to their well-being.
  • Pro­vide a pho­to­graph of appli­cant.
  • Sub­mit an essay.
Your essay must be leg­i­ble (typed is pre­ferred), and at least one page in length.  List at least 3 rea­sons why you wish to become a mas­sage ther­a­pist.  Include why you chose Blue Sky.  Include the plan of action (organizational,emotional, finan­cial, time adjust­ments etc.) you will fol­low to be a suc­cess while in school and upon grad­u­a­tion.

See the cat­a­log for full Admis­sion details

After com­plet­ing the grad­u­a­tion require­ments, you will receive a diplo­ma. This diplo­ma states the amount of hours and pro­gram which was com­plet­ed.

Get Your 2020 Pro­gram Cat­a­log Now! Fill out Info below, for an emailed pro­gram cat­a­log.


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Grafton Main Loca­tion: 262−376−1011
Green Bay: con­tact Grafton Office


Stop by at our Grafton loca­tion.

1230 13th Avenue
Grafton, WI, 53024

Green Bay
2670 South Ash­land Avenue
Suite 101
Green Bay, WI 54304

Yes. We offer a vari­ety of sem­i­nars to the pub­lic. From Essen­tial oils, Ani­mal Guides to Reflex­ol­o­gy. See our Sem­i­nars page for more infor­ma­tion.