Black Brook School

Invest in your self

Have you dreamed about going to Massage school?

Black Brook massage school offers the fewest number of hours to obtain your license with the most dynamic group of instructors in Northwest Arkansas at a very competitive price. Would you like to have a flexible career 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.  Black Brook School of Massage 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 compact 2-day schedules.  Our 500-hour class, allows you to graduate in 8 1/2 months by attending classes on only Wednesday and Thursday or Saturday and Sunday (all classes are from 9am to 5pm).  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 for transforming your life.

Meet the Instructors

Reserve your place in one of our upcoming classes!

Our next Wednesday/Thursday class begins March 20th, 2024

The next weekend class will begin March 23rd, 2024

Registration fee $400.00

Full tuition including registration fee is $7600.00

(Registration plus 9 monthly payments of $800.00)

Registration fees will go toward your textbooks, workbook, student insurance, Massage Warehouse discount, and online study/testing apps

The 500 hour curriculum - Graduate in 8 1/2 months

Pre -licensure background checks will be required by the Health Department beginning in January 2024

Contact us for more information   to receive the school catalog

Classes are limited to 12 students.

Please consider applying early.  Our July 2023 class filled up by April 2023


Some people's biggest concern about attending massage school is 'How do I pay for it?'.  

Most of our students are on the montly payment plan.

  We try to be flexible -within reason- for adaptive payment plans

                                                                            Our only requirement is that your tuition is fully paid before receiving a diploma.


There is a shortage of Massage Therapists in our area!

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

What kind of massage focus are you drawn to?

  1. Therapeutic and pain relief
  2. Sports, performance and recovery
  3. Prenatal and post natal clients
  4. Classic relaxing/ stress relief
  5. Eldercare
  6. Hospice/ Cancer

Where would you like to work?   We get calls every week asking when our students will be graduating!

  • Your own business
  • Share with other massage therapists as a group
  • A Day Spa, Destination Spa, Resort
  • Chiropractor's office
  • Beauty Salon
  • Wellness Center
  • Travel as personal therapist
  • Cruise Ship
  • Fitness Center
  • Sporting events
  • Mobile massage with in-home clients
  • Chair massage
  • Airport, mall, corporate offices


Classes available weekdays or weekends

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

Licensed Massage schools 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.

Our classes are educational but FUN

Some of our students worry about the anatomy portion of the class.   Yes, there is a lot of anatomy and it is a crucial part of the process of truly being a therapeutic massage therapist.  We make it fun to learn the muscles and we offer some of the most advanced software programs available to help you along.  We will introduce things a bit at a time and go over and over the information.  Online study programs and some great apps that are included with your registration fee, will help you in-between classes.

People learn differently, and perhaps drawing the muscles on someone back will be just what it takes to recall that rhomboid major!


Fun and Fulfilling!

Experienced instructors!

Welcome to the staff Shane Logan MMT.  Shane has been the massage therapist for the University of Arkansas' men's and women's basketball team and the women's golf team in the past.  Today he has his own business and works at Weum Health Center in Springdale, AR.   See more info at Meet the Instructors

During our 500 hour curriculum, we teach an intensive program with a variety of instructors who are experts in their field and have been chosen because of their love of their craft.  Each of our massage and bodywork teachers has at least 10 years of experience.

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 graduates.  I tease my students that I could get them all a job in 5 minutes and it's not much of an exaggeration.

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.

  • Swedish Massage is the foundation of our class and utilizes some principals of Stephenson’s Creative Healing for a more unique and beneficial massage.

Required classes also include

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathology for massage therapists
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics for massage therapists
  • Arkansas State law for massage therapists
  • Hygiene and infection control safeguards
  • Client intake and documentation
  • Business and Ethics practices
  • Client and professional communications
  • Record keeping and charting
  • Self care – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual

Additional advanced classes are included within your 500 hour class.  We do not charge you extra to take these classes!

  • Prenatal massage
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Enertropic Therapy
  • Facials, scrubs and spa techniques
  • Sports and Performance massage
  • Clinical Therapeutic massage and stretching techniques
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hot stones
  • Marketing and networking
  • Reflexology
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Meditation
  • Massage events off campus
  • Myofascial massage
  • Body reading the myofascial lines
  • Clinical massage experience working on graduates and the public.
  • A field trip to a local spas will be included.

What People say about the school

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

Review from C F
A year ago
I wanted to become a massage therapist for many years but all the schools around town weren’t meeting my expectations. I came across Black Brook School of Massage and I am so grateful that I did because every weekend I am amazed and reminded of why I picked it. Brenda and her team are invaluable and I know I am getting the best education around.

Christina F

Brenda L. Schwarzbach MMT MTI CHI

Brenda is the owner and lead instructor at the school.  She has been doing massage and bodywork for more than 25 years and has taught massage in 3 different schools in Arkansas.

As the owner and lead instructor, Brenda will be teaching several of the classes in massage, Creative Healing, and anatomy. Her last name Schwarzbach is schwarz (black)  bach (brook or creek) in German.

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Meet the Instructors



Creative Healing classes

Brenda is the only massage instructor in the USA who is nationally certified to teach Creative Healing/Stephenson's Method of Natural Healthcare for practitioners and instructors.