Our Program

PBI massage instructor lectures students
Jacob Laputka, board certified instructor, lectures students at PBI

Curriculum Overview

PBI is up to the challenge of helping you reach your goals and succeed in your chosen career.


Of utmost importance for a new therapist is a base level education which includes:

  • A firm grasp of anatomy and physiology
  • Ability to alter and manipulate muscle tissue
  • Proper body mechanics for an extended career

With our combined experience of over twenty years of professional massage therapy, we are confident we can achieve this.

Learning Objectives

Entry Level Instruction

PBI classes begin with entry-level massage instruction, where you learn about relaxing massage.

Advanced Instruction

Advanced instruction includes massage techniques and evaluation tools used by our instructors on a daily basis.

This level of training provides therapists with the information and skills needed to work and communicate with a variety of professionals, including:

  • Doctors
  • Physical therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Athletes

Let us show you how to make the most out of your education.

Certificate of Completion

The PBI curriculum satisfies the licensure requirements set forth by the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.

Graduates of our program receive a Certificate of Completion, transcript, or other documents needed for licensure, and are eligible to:

  • Apply for the MBLEx (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination) – External link
  • Pursue board certification with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) – External link

Lesson Topics

The PBI course of study consists of 766 hours of study.

Lesson topics includes:

Anatomy & Physiology 1, 2, & 3172
Massage Theory & History20
Massage Therapy 1 & 2164
Neuromuscular Therapy32
Postural Assessment & Movement Evaluation20
Structural Bodywork 1 & 244
Sports Massage40
Alabama Law, Ethics, & Professional Development32
Concepts of Energetic Anatomy8
Student Clinic, Outreach, & Seated Massage126
First Aid & CPR8
Total Hours:766

Academic Content

Our education program covers a broad range of topics.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is the in-depth study of trigger points, the referral patterns they follow, and how to treat them effectively.

NMT is a major component in helping people deal with a wide variety of pain conditions and commonly practiced in modern bodywork therapies.

Visit the website of our sister company, Hands On Healing, to learn more about Neuromuscular Massage & Therapy.

Sports Massage

Most schools only cover fifteen to twenty hours of sports therapy.

PBI has seen that a vast number of people enjoy their weekend activities, practice hard at their sports and hobbies, or are involved in high intensity exercise programs.

Therapists need to understand the distinct differences of how the body is used throughout a wide variety of athletic environments, as well as the benefits of targeted sports therapy.

Learn more about the benefits of Sports Massage

Postural Assessment & Movement Evaluation

The process of evaluating the body through visual assessment to understand how it functions as a complete unit is referred to as Postural Assessment and Movement Evaluation.

By observing both standing and walking patterns, students will be able to formulate better treatment options and provide sessions that have a greater impact on their client’s well being.

Visit the Hands On Healing website to learn more about consultation services and programs like these, including:

Structural Bodywork 1 & 2

The focus of this advanced form of therapy is to apply the use of Myofascial Release, alongside many of the above mentioned techniques and therapies, in very well organized approach to create long lasting improvements for clients.

By properly assessing and evaluating a client’s underlying circumstances, students will be able to make far more educated decisions on how to best help their clients with any pain or movement conditions.

Teaching Methodology

Enrollment at PBI is limited.

This allows each student to receive individualized attention and customized instruction.

At PBI, we encourage our students to ask questions, challenge conventional thinking, and participate in two-way communications between one another.

Our teaching methods and strategies include:

  1. Lecture and presentation
  2. Instructor demonstrations
  3. Group discussion
  4. Hands-on, interactive instruction and role play
  5. Home study assignments
  6. Supervised practice in a real-world setting, part of our Student Clinic.

Each method utilizes a variety of techniques to help students understand and retain information.