Why Mountain State School of Massage?

The first established massage therapy school in West Virginia, Mountain State School of Massage was founded in 1995 by it’s owner Robert Rogers and is located at 601 50th Street S.E., Charleston, West Virginia.  Mountain State School of Massage’s facilities occupy over 5,000 square feet, providing an academic learning center that includes practicum and exercise areas, student clinic treatment rooms, a library, offices and instructor-student meeting rooms, a dining area, and a massage supplies and Wellness Store. 

Charleston, West Virginia’s Capitol City, is rich in history and culture offering many outstanding prospects for its citizens and visitors including: Kanawha State Forest, the West Virginia Symphony, Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, the Charleston Ballet, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, and many other educational and entertainment opportunities. For more detailed information about what’s happening in Charleston and West Virginia, visit www.westvirginia.com, or call (304) 345-5555. 

Bookstores, art galleries, specialty shops, restaurants and cafes line the landscaped streets in Charleston’s historic downtown. There are also several beautiful golf courses, public swimming pools, tennis courts, boating activities, public parks, Charleston’s own Class A baseball team, and historic sights to enjoy.

Mountain State School of Massage is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA, www.comta.org). COMTA is an independent accrediting body for the massage therapy profession in the United States. Mountain State School of Massage’s Day and Night Programs are the first, and most long-standing, COMTA-accredited massage therapy training programs in West Virginia. 

It is the goal of Mountain State School of Massage to educate the massage professional and general community by offering massage and holistic approaches to wellbeing.   Mountain State School of Massage strives to provide a supportive environment which facilitates individual instruction, development of professional skills, personal health, inner peace and harmony. 

Being a graduate of a COMTA accredited school imparts to your clients that YOU have met the high standards of a comprehensive, intensive study in the art and science of integrative health. 

Mission Statement

Mountain State School of Massage is dedicated to teaching holistic healing methods to the student, massage professional and general community with the highest degree of professionalism. 

Institutional Objectives

Mountain State School of Massage is dedicated to providing a quality program of massage therapy education in accordance with the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation Standards, and to promoting the highest degree of professionalism in the field of massage therapy. 

Educational Objectives

  1. To prepare the student to become a qualified massage therapist.
  2. To provide the student with an education enhancing the development of good work habits and safe practices promoting the health and wellbeing of their self and their clients.
  3. To give an understanding of the scope of practice within the field of massage therapy and to develop appropriate referral skills.
  4. To offer the student a thorough working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body and the theory and practice of health care methodologies.
  5. To prepare and qualify students to assume responsibilities in the health care field with a high degree of professionalism.
  6. To develop in the student a professional attitude and commitment to ethical practices toward clients and fellow practitioners.
  7. To provide people with a vehicle to help improve the quality of life.
  8. To offer advanced education opportunities to massage and health care professionals.
  9. To offer introductory classes and workshops in the field of holistic health care to the general public.


Mountain State School of Massage is permitted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to operate as a post secondary school providing education for individuals pursuing massage therapy as a career. The school is also approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.

Message from the Director

At Mountain State School of Massage our passion is teaching holistic healing methods. In our programs, students allow themselves the freedom to openly give and receive kindness and compassion. In each class we witness a remarkable change in the attitudes of our students.  When giving and receiving massage on a daily basis, nurtured by the caring support of faculty, staff and peers, students express a greater sense of self-acceptance, self-worth, and self-respect.  Students grow to embody the wholesome aspects of a healthy lifestyle. 

Our commitment to excellence in massage therapy training, professionalism in the field of bodywork and the healing environment of our school create what our students report is one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives. 

Today we live in an age when large corporations are becoming the standard in providing products and services to consumers.  This results in a loss of the unique artistry expressed when individuals offer products and services directly to consumers. Somehow, it seems more difficult for compassionate care to be communicated to the customer when large corporations are providing products and services. 

At Mountain State School of Massage we try to support small businesses and the small business families that depend on our backing. When we pay an individual for goods and services, we are feeding that individual. When we pay a corporation for a product or service, we are feeding the corporation. 

Currently, massage therapy training is becoming altered by the influence of large corporations.  When making choices for massage therapy training please remember that the faculty and staff at Mountain State School of Massage are dedicated to delivering an excellent massage therapy education with kindness, compassion, care and the highest degree of professionalism. 

We invite you to join us at Mountain State School of Massage for an influential educational experience that will assist you in fulfilling your personal and professional goals.