Why you should choose our massage school?

Black Brook School of Massage provides exceptional education

We are a bit different than any other massage school in Arkansas.

As a student you will enjoy a progressive curriculum available on a regular schedule.  All of our classes have a beginning date and an ending date.  This provides a spiral learning opportunity where the class builds from simple to complex.  We excel at the advanced classes and we are only able to accomplish these because each group advances together. In addition, because you will grow as a group it is possible you may form a strong bonds with your classmates and have friends for life.

Black Brook School of Massage offers you the most up-to-date information in massage, anatomy and business. We strive to consistently have Arkansas's best first time pass-rate on the national licensing exam.

After graduation you should be prepared to work in any environment you choose, whether its a spa, destination resort, chiropractic office, sporting event, or even hospital.  Though many of our graduates may find working for someone else the way to begin after completeing school, others finish and are ready to open their own business.

After  you've passed your licensing test, it's up to you.  The job of the Black Brook School is to prepare you to be able to help others in an ethical, intelligent, therapeutic and compassionate way in the shortest time possible. We help all of our students find a position that suits them even before they graduate.  In our last graduating class 3/4 of the students knew where they were going to work after they got their license.

Massage is one of the fastest growing professions in Northwest Arkansas and there are no shortage of positions.  Where do you want to work?  What kind of client do you want to work with?

At the Black Brook School, we are a community of instructors who teach different portions of our 500-hour class and all of our major instructors have over 10 years of experience in the massage and bodywork industry.  We have a variety of skills and real world experiences and we can show you what to do, but we can also tell you why and when and how to change it if you need to.

  The instructors at the Black Brook School knows their stuff and we are passionate about sharing it with our students.

As long time therapists and business owners in Fayettville, Springdale, Bentonville and Rogers, we know what the clients and employers need in this area. We know massage in Northwest Arkansas.  Our classes offer a foundation of Deep Swedish and orthopedic massage training with additional classes in advanced techniques and the Black Brook school's mission is to provide students with the best education possible so any of our students can land the job they want.  Wherever that job may be.

Who are our Instructors?


Our primary and guest instructors have an important role in the school by providing their experience with clientele and different work situations.  They also all have their own personal likes, dislikes and requirements for a massage career as it fits in with their family and personal life so they can give you the options that has worked for them as a guideline.

  • Brenda Schwarzbach, Massage Therapy Instructor - Swedish and orthopedic massage,  anatomy,  law and ethics.  Stephenson's Creative Healing, Enertropic therapy, spa introduction.
  • Shane Logan, Master Massage Therapist - Sports massage, Body mechanics, Deep Tissue
  • Christen Spain, Master Massage Therapist - Business
  • Misty Hudspeth, Massage therapist and Certified and Licensed Midwife  - Pregnancy and Prenatal massage
  • Elizebeth Brown, Master Massage Therapist - LaStone massage
  • Greg Schwarzbach, LMT - Anatomy
  • Brandy Jennings LMT - teacher's aid - Swedish massage
  • William Ireland LMT - Digestive system and Wellness
  • Patrick Mammay LMT - PNF stretching
  • for more information on our instructors 



Coming Soon

 Introducing  the Advanced Curriculum

Additional modules for students wanting to increase their knowledge are being added in the Spring of 2024.

125 hours will be available in modules to qualify graduates for the New Interstate Massage Therapy Compact which will allow therapists to get an add-on license in addtional states throughout the USA.

You will be able to choose from:

Stephenson's Method of Natural Healthcare

Gentle Birth Method and Prenatal Clients

Body Reading and structural integration

Enertropic Therapy

Acute and Chronic Pain therapies

Sports massage specific to boost performance or rehabilitate athletes

25 clinical hours of practical experience working with specific clients and or issues. Stay in touch for upcoming offerings!

More information about our special class schedule will be added as these classes are developed.

What our students say

So many things I could boast about Black Brook School of Massage … and about Brenda, the founder and primary instructor … I am a graduate … and a proud one! Brenda has a true Healer’s Spirit, with an innate unction to pass it on to her students … she plants the right seeds at the right time… a little sunshine, a little rain… I, now, massage away people’s pain. Thanks Brenda!

Raymond G

Brenda is an amazing teacher. With her background and experience, you will learn techniques that are just not taught at other schools. She is caring, kind and a very patient teacher. She wants you to succeed and is willing to help in any way she can. I so enjoyed my experience with her and my classmates. It’s affordable and very much worth it. I feel confident that I can bring an education that will help me stand out to future clients.

Kim F.

Stop looking for a massage school. This is the place for you. Do you care about people? Do you want to help them feel their best? Are you interested in different types of massage? Like I said, this is the place. I never dreamed I could learn so much in so little time. I feel prepared for my life as a massage therapist AND got to learn in a caring environment with the absolute most knowledgeable instructor. This school is a blessing to the universe. My review could go on forever, so do yourself a favor and check out the school. You deserve to do something positive that will benefit you and the community.

Brandy 2021

Black Brook School of Massage is absolutely the best start to learn massage therapy. Fortunately, I made my best decision to study at Black Brook School. As a scholarly mentor, Brenda encouraged me to overcome the challenge of Anatomy and Physiology since English is my second language. I really enjoyed learning from Brenda with growing confidence day by day. After graduation, Brenda keeps supporting and guiding my continuing study. I will never stop the journey of Continue Education at Black Brook School of Massage. It is the BEST!!!

Jianwen R 2020

Absolutely FIVE STARS!!!! Choosing to learn from Brenda at Black Brook School will forever be one of the best decisions you will ever make! Her vast experience in so many different areas of the Healing Arts is invaluable. Brenda is passionate about helping her students understand how textbook knowledge applies to human situations and that they have the skills to use massage methods on individuals always with Care, Compassion, and Safety. If you are serious about becoming a massage therapist, you can graduate from Black Brook with the skills and confidence to succeed. Cathy Jamison – class of 2019

Cathy J

The most amazing school! I am so glad that I made the decision to attend the Black Brook School of Massage. Brenda is the most caring and passionate teacher. She created a very welcoming and accepting environment for all students. And the support doesn’t stop when you graduate, Brenda is always checking in and giving guidance. She continues her support long after you say your goodbyes. I have never felt alone throughout my journey. I would recommend to all my family and friends!

Bronte S

Approved School by Arkansas Dept of Health

Approved by Arkansas Dept of Health
Approved School by Arkansas Dept of Health

Approved Provider for Continuing Education

Approved Provider for Continuing Education
Approved Provider for Continuing Education

The school is a member of American Bodywork and Massage Professionals

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The school is a member of American Massage Therapy Association

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28 S College Ave Fayetteville Arkansas 72701

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Joseph B. Stephenson's Method of Natural Healthcare