The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is the Premier Study Abroad program in


the World for Massage Therapy Certification. Committed to excellence,


and maintaining the tradition of massage as an art form; the education at CRSMT


balances the sciences of the human body, the artistic techniques of massage and


bodywork, modern business strategies, and holistic lifestyle principles. An underlying


acknowledgment and celebration of the human spirit creates personal and spiritual


depth to the program.


CRSMT also recognizes and respects the ancient history and essential artistic element


of massage therapy and keeps it firmly categorized as a “healing art”.  They create a


strong and deep foundation by teaching many and varied techniques while


developing and honing critical thinking skills. 


CRSMT promotes the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” philosophy and include holistic


lifestyle principles in our curriculum. Students learn a balanced and healthy approach


to lifestyle and self-care practices through the study of a holistic wellness model that


includes nutrition, movement therapies, and fitness. Students are encouraged and


given tools to develop and implement their own self-care regimens with the goal of


career fulfillment and longevity.


"Paired with McKenzie's masterful technique,

her calming energy allows an excellent space for full body and mind rejuvenation.


Whether I am looking for relief from everyday stress

or need some more aggressive bodywork done (I highly recommend the Thai :D)

she is attentive to the details my body needs.


Her flexible schedule and ability to work around my hectic life

means I can keep up with myself!"


- Merritt R.



Students of the Asian Modalities Certificate Program learn


how to perform two types of Asian bodywork: 


shiatsu (from Japan) and Thai Massage (from Thailand).



These styles are based on balancing energetic systems of the body.


To give students a solid foundation of knowledge to support the


hands-on skills learned the history of these modalities are


presented, along with traditional Chinese medicine, including Qi,


Yin Yang theory, Five Element theory, channels (meridians), tsubo, as


well as principles of traditional Thai medicine.


Students learn the benefits, indications, contraindications, and


assessments for shiatsu and Thai massage. They also learn proper


application of palming, finger and thumbing techniques, elbow and


forearm techniques, stretching, joint mobilization, and foot


techniques with the use of effective and efficient body mechanics.


688 Hague Avenue

Studio #37

 Saint Paul, MN 55104








Sunday  12PM - 5:30PM

Monday     11AM - 7PM

Tuesday     11AM - 7PM

Friday        11AM - 7PM

Saturday  10:30AM- 5:30PM

Wednesday & Thursday Closed

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 Saint Paul MN 55104

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