National Holistic Institute

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National Holistic Institute (NHI) is a college of massage therapy in California founded in 1979.


NHI was founded by Carol Carpenter, who learned massage informally and sought to develop a professional training program for massage. Carpenter sought to improve massage therapy education developing a program teaching, western style massage therapy, eastern style massage therapy, anatomy and kinesiology, with marketing and business classes.

The school of massage therapy began in a house on College Avenue in Oakland, CA, and grew steadily. In 1989, the NHI school moved to Emeryville, CA.

NHI founder Carol Carpenter played a prominent national role as massage therapy became more popular. NHI’s massage therapy education and faculty were nationally respected.[1][verification needed]

The school continued to grow in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2003, Mason Myers and Tim Veitzer purchased NHI from the school's founder.

In 2005, the National Holistic Institute opened campuses in San Jose, CA, and Petaluma, CA.[2] In 2006, NHI opened a campus in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles (Encino, CA) by acquiring the Touch Therapy Institute. In 2007, NHI opened a campus in San Francisco, California and one in Sacramento, California in 2011.[3] In 2010, the Los Angeles campus moved from Encino to Studio City. In May 2012, NHI opened its 7th campus in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. NHI now has campuses in Emeryville, Studio City (Los Angeles area), San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Redding, Clovis,[4] Petaluma and Santa Ana. It is currently California's largest accredited massage therapy school.[5]

NHI campuses are known for their affordable massage treatments offered through their student massage clinics. These clinics provide learning opportunities for students where they can evaluate client therapeutic needs in a structured environment while practicing their newly acquired massage skills.[6]

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  1. ^ Calvert, Robert (2002). The History of Massage: An Illustrated Survey From Around the World. Inner Traditions: Bear & Co. p. 214. ISBN 9780892818815. 
  2. ^ Hamm, Andrew F. (2005-10-09). "Massage school says city is the hands-down place to be". Silicon Valley Business Journal. 
  3. ^ The Sacramento Bee Archived from the original on March 4, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Venegas, Amanda (2016-06-01). "Healing hands: Massage therapy program begins at Institute of Technology". ABC30 Fresno. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  5. ^ Mark Glover (2011-02-27). "Massage firms to aid aching area economy" (PDF). The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Perkes, Courtney (19 December 2012). "O.C. Massage Schools Meet kneads For Cheap". Orange County Register. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training". Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Eligible Training Program List - Search Results". Employment Development Department, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. 
  9. ^ "National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork".