Black Brook School

Invest in your self

Have you dreamed about going to Massage school?

Our Massage school offers the fewest number of hours to obtain your licensed with the most dynamic group of instructors in Northwest Arkansas at a very competitive price.

Would you like to have a flexible schedule so you could have more time for your family?  Do you dream of being your own boss? Is helping others a priority in your life?  Perhaps working with a team of other therapists in a beautiful atmosphere seems like the perfect work environment.  Massage school may be just the thing to transform your life.

Do you have a full time job but would still like to go to school?

We make it easy to maintain your present commitments and still learn a new career with our weekend schedule.  Our 500 hour class, allows you to graduate in 8 months by attending classes on only Saturday and Sunday.  Our classes may be the perfect solution for learning new skills while still fitting into your family and present work commitments.

Things to think about:

  • Do you have a passion for helping others?
  • Does touch seem a natural response to you when you see someone in pain or stressed out?
  • Would you like to be able to be your own boss and make your own schedule?
  • Perhaps you love a relaxed but upbeat working atmosphere where you can work with a team of other therapists in a gorgeous spa setting.
  • Our inhouse financing is available so you may pay on a monthly basis while getting your education.

Consider massage school as an option to transforming your life.

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There are so many options in this career which is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet.

Our school is licensed by Arkansas State Department of Health.

Each Massage school in Arkansas is required to offer the following 500 hours to for students to become licensed, however each school sets their own curriculum.

Massage school in Arkansas must contain the following hours:

Massage and techniques - 225 hours

Anatomy and Physiology - 175 hours

Business and Ethics - 25 hours

Hydrotherapy, Heliotherapy, and Electrotherapy - 25 hours

Hygiene and infection control - 25 hours

Related subjects of our choice - 25 hours

We go beyond this schedule however and offer one of the most dynamic curriculums in the state with a staff that has over 200 years of combined experience in the massage and medical industry.

Fun and Fulfilling!

 Our next weekend class will begin in October 2018

During our 500 hour curriculum, we teach an intensive program with a variety of instructors whom you can get acquainted with below.

Our massage is a flowing Swedish massage with it's roots in Mueller College, San Diego, California which was one of the largest massage schools in Southern California for many years.  Our massage which is also based upon the principals of Joseph B. Stephenson's Method of Natural Healthcare (Creative Healing) which can be tailored to many of your client's needs.  Creative Healing is used extensively in Europe and around the world.

  • Is your desire is to work in the Spa industry or with athletes or at sporting events?
  • Do you have a passion for working with the elderly at a nursing home?
  •  Are you looking for a fast-paced environment at a pain clinic or work on a cruise ship?
  • Do you feel drawn to massage for prenatal clients?
  • Would a chiropractic clinic partnership be ideal?

We will cover each of these situations in class and you will have opportunities to experience all types of clients to help prepare you for your future career.

More than just technique, massage is also about people, so you will also learn communication skills, marketing, networking and how to create professional boundaries.

There is no need to worry about whether you will find a job after graduation. There is a shortage of massage therapists in our area and we get weekly requests for massage therapists.  We are creating a community of spas, chiropractic clinics and other places that hire and they keep us informed when they are short-handed.  Individual massage therapists sometimes ask if there is someone who wants to share space.  We love these opportunities to hook a couple of like-minded therapists up.

Many opportunities are available for your new career after graduation and we will prepare you for whatever type of massage you are drawn to.  At Black Brook School you will learn there is a whole new world waiting for you.

Some of the things you will learn

  • Swedish massage
  • Stephenson's Creative Healing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathology for massage therapists
  • Kinesiology for massage therapists
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Enertropic Therapy
  • Facials, scrubs and spa techniques
  • Business and Ethic practices
  • Arkansas State law for massage therapists
  • Hygiene and infection control safeguards
  • Client intake and documentation
  • Client communications
  • Marketing and networking
  • Prenatal massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hot stones
  • Reflexology
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Meditation
  • Ayurvedic principals for health
  • Introduction to Bowenwork
  • Clinical massage experience
  • A field trip to a local spas will be included.
  • RECESS every day.

What People say about the school

“Brenda at the Black Brook School did some massage work on my wife who was experiencing pain in her back and one leg is some positions.  The results were good, and that problem has not returned for a couple years now.  Brenda is just excellent”.

Joel S

“I have known Brenda for many years and can say for sure that she is the best you can find in therapeutic massage and healing. Brenda is one of those people who just keep learning and expanding what they know. She also has tremendous sensitivity in evaluating what a client needs as an individual and doing what will benefit them most.

Having had massage therapists that just pummeled you about, it has been wonderful to find a practitioner who left you feeling that you were on the road to healing without hurting you. She will bring all of that knowledge and understanding to the classes she teaches I know”.

Jan S

“If you are looking for a great massage school in North West Arkansas, look no further than Black Brook School of Massage and Creative Healing. Brenda Messling gives some of the most informative CEU’s in Arkansas. I would recommend this Massage School to anyone who is interested in a career of Massage Therapy and Creative Healing”.

Jamie S

“Oh joy, I am so very happy to see this school is a reality.  Brenda Messling is an exceptional massage therapist who was the only person to help me with my hip pain.  To know that she will be teaching others massage will be a gift to many.  If you are seriously wanting to begin helping others by becoming a massage therapist then look no further for your instructor!  And what you will learn in the continuing education classes are going to put this school in  Must attend in your future.  Brenda Messling I wish you and your students continued success”.

Angie P

“It was delightful and refreshing to be in your presence, and I enjoyed the classes too”!


Brenda Messling Schwarzbach MMT MTI CHI

Brenda is the owner and lead instructor at the school.  She has been doing massage and bodywork for more than 20 years and has taught massage in 3 different schools in Arkansas.
Her clients call her the miracle worker.  People come to her when all else has failed.  She has been doing pain therapy for head, neck, shoulders and low back for 20 years and she specializes in sciatica and has been extremely successful.

As the owner and lead instructor, Brenda will be teaching several of the classes in massage, Creative Healing, and anatomy.

Brenda is available for massage by appointment only

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Greg Schwarzbach AART

A licensed radiology tech for over 23 years, Greg knows his anatomy and how to talk to patients.

His engaging way of teaching will leave you in stitches and help you to remember complicated information so you can pass your licensing exam after graduation.  Greg's love for learning comes through his classes and help keep you spurred on to learn more about how to take care of yourself also.  His knowledge of rhythms and meditation will also help keep you focused and aware throughout your day in class and later in your work.

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John R. Brochu MTI,

Licensed massage therapy instructor and certified hypnotherapist.

John has nearly 30 years experience in massage therapy.  His passion is working with athletes for increasing performance as well as rehabilitation. His expertise is in deep rehabilitative massage and he will be sharing his knowledge during the Trigger Points, Myofascial and Sports massage section of the class.  He will also share his expertise in communication skills and how to assess your clients.  John and his wife Renee are owners of Brochu Hypnosis Center in Fayetteville, AR there will be schedule field trip to his clinic as part of our curriculum.

For more information on John see his website 

Jonna Townsend MMT

 With 15 years experience Jonna is able to share a couple of different perspectives working as a massage therapist.  For many years she worked with a chiropractor.  Today as a stay at home mom with her massage practice at the house, she is able to keep her loyal clients happy and still be with her children.  Jonna will be teaching Swedish massage and some of the Creative Healing portion of the class.  She may also surprise you in an anatomy class occasionally.


Misty Hudspeth, LMT, LM and CPM

A massage therapist for over 20 years, Misty is also a Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife.  Prenatal clients are one of the fastest growing client populations in NWA. Misty will guide us through the information massage therapists must know for their prenatal clients. Also an expert in herbs and nutrition Misty will be able to share her expertise with our students in part of our self-care section of class


Sara Mick RN

 Sara has over 30 years experience in the medical field and she is an expert in client communication and how to speak to other medical professionals.  She brings another dimension to our massage community and will be sharing her expertise in charting and SOAP notes, HIV / AIDS and infectious disease control and other tips on Hygiene.  Her passion in using gentle heart centered healing work will also be shared when she teaches Healing Touch in our alternative techniques class. 


Jamie Sanders MMT

Jamie and Brenda graduated from the same class at the Northwest Arkansas School of Massage and she has been doing massage for 18 years.  Her specialties are Hygiene, Spa massage techniques, and geriatric massage.  She brings a high energy passion to the school and her sense of humor always cracks us up.

Sarah Crosswhite MMT

Licensed master massage therapist in Arkansas and Alaska

Sarah teaches occasionally at the school when her schedule permits.

She brings a grace and thorough understanding of the body into her massage and will help you see the body as a whole.

Also well educated in nutrition and what our body needs to be at its best, Sarah will help students understand how to optimise their potential.


Jamie Thompson, Licensed Esthetician

Massage school gives you the opportunity to add to your current licenses or certifications and expand your business.  Jamie was the first graduate of the Black Brook School of Massage and Creative Healing and has nearly completed her certification for Bowenwork.  Jamie will share the basic philosophy and technique of Bowenwork so you can know more about this fascinating massage option but also, in our Hydrotherapy, HelioTherapy and ElectroTherapy unit we will be doing facials and who else better to share than someone who is an expert in the field!