Cortiva Institute – Chicago Campus

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 17 North State Street, 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60602

Chicago, Illinois Massage School at Cortiva Institute  (Loop Campus)

While Chicago has many nicknames, two of the most popular are “Chi-town” and “City of the Big Shoulders.” Located in Chicago, the Loop campus of Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy is a leader in massage therapy education, and a great place to begin your massage therapy training.

Any important decision is accompanied by important questions, and attending massage therapy school is no different. How much will it cost? How long does it take? How do I start? Can I get financial aid? Get the information you need, and the answers you’re looking for.

Start Your Massage Therapy Education in Chicago, IL!

If you want to learn more, fill out the short questionnaire and a representative from the school will contact you to talk about how to apply, scholarships, time requirements, costs and just about anything else you may need to know.

About the Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy (Loop Campus)

Cortiva is a unique collective of the best massage therapy schools in the country. Nine schools have so far joined together to share resources, knowledge, and experience to provide the best massage therapy education possible.

Cortiva Institute ChicagoThe Chicago campus of Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy has a history that is rooted in education and healing. The school was established in 1981, and became part of the Cortiva family in 2005.

Located in the heart of this midwestern city, the school offers students a balanced education involving science, technique, and heart. High standards and hands-on preparation mean that graduates are equipped with the skills needed in order to pursue their professional goals.

Massage Therapy Program

A highly experiential program, the Massage Therapy curriculum at Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy is grounded in science and best practices.

Throughout the course of the program, students will learn how to make a real difference in the health of their clients via a solid foundation of therapeutic technique skills. As graduates soon become colleagues, the students and faculty at Cortiva Institute are working towards the same goal.

A comprehensive training program, students will learn about the communication, business, and clinical aspects of the profession in order to become confident members of this exciting profession In addition, students will learn via instructors who actively practice what they preach in the classroom, and are selected for their dedication to the healing arts, expertise, and passion for teaching.

In addition to a national online job portal, students at Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy also benefit from individual web pages, free Graduate Series workshops, customized placement and career services, and an online profession journal. These are just a few examples of the commitment Cortiva Institute makes to the success of every student.

Maternity and Infant Massage

Cortiva – Chicago also offers a Maternity and Infant Massage program, which is an emerging specialty. This program is designed for certified professional massage therapists who want to further their careers. A big focus is on communication and compassion, as the clientele are either pregnant women or infants. Five hundred hours of training are required to enroll in the ten month program.

Continuing Education

The Chicago campus of Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork to provide continuing education for licensed health care providers. Courses include: Doula Workshop, Orthopedic Assessment for the Lower Body, Reiki, Thai Massage, Stone Massage, Mud Wraps, and much more. These courses are for those massage therapists who want to expand their expertise and advance their careers.


Cortiva – Chicago faculty members are exceptional teachers; lead instructors are Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and have an average of five years teaching experience. They are also professionals in the massage therapy field.
They bring their experience and love of helping people into the classroom. Faculty members are also trained in the TIPP Learning System, in which each student’s learning style is determined and accommodated for. This, along with the faculty’s expertise and dedication, ensures that each student can succeed.


A modern, up-to-date facility, the Loop campus of Cortiva Institute features new massage equipment, A/V lecture technology, and  a computerized student resource center and student lounge. In addition, the campus operates a brand-new Student Clinic, located at 18 North Wabash.


Both Chicago campuses of Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy are accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (“COMTA”).

Financial Aid

Cortiva – Chicago participates in federal student assistance programs. Students need to fill out a FAFSA to determine if they meet eligibility requirements. In addition, payment plans can be developed to help individual students meet their financial obligations. Students should meet with financial aid representatives to discuss their individual needs.

Going to School in Chicago, IL

chicago massage schoolsStretching along the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago, the “Windy City” is the prototypical Midwestern American city. It is an economic, cultural, retail, educational, health care and transportation hub for the entire country. 9.5 million people live in the Chicago metro area, making it the 3rd largest metro area in the country and one of the most influential cities in the world.

Chicago has an earthy, lusty, lively history—the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 where most of the business district was destroyed, the labor riots of the late 19th century, gangsters and the Mob and Al Capone during the Prohibition years, and the riotous 1968 Democratic National Convention.

The first controlled nuclear test was conducted in Chicago in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project. Chicago has museums and national historic sites that allow you to explore its rich past.

The city is a cultural center, too. Symphony, opera, ballet, theater—you name it and you can find it in Chicago. There are several art museums, the Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Improvisational comedy began in Chicago at Second City.

Chicago was named the “Best Sports City in America” in 2006. The city hosts 15 professional sports teams including the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks (hockey) and Fire (soccer).

Maybe the best thing you’ll discover about living and going to school in Chicago is the food. There are literally thousands of wonderful restaurants, many of which offer delicious ethnic fare. Better still is the genuine Chicago ethnic fare: deep dish pizza and real Chicago-style hot dogs.

If you want to learn more, fill out the short questionnaire and a representative from the school will contact you to talk about how to apply, scholarships, time requirements, costs and just about anything else you may need to know.