Kyle M Hierholzer LMT CPT CR
NYS & Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist / Certified Personal Trainer / Certified Reflexologist
Hospital Based Massage

 Successfully completed the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  This elite training was limited to a maximum of 12 participants across the country.  The internship portion of this training allowed hands-on in-patient and out-patient experience in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, general surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, palliative care, hospice, breast clinic, pain management & rehabilitation.

Program details are listed below:

Program description

Hospital Based Massage Therapy Training offers an avenue for professional massage therapists to advance their practice into the health care environment. Through the course, participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the utilization of massage therapy and integrative medicine in the acute care hospital setting.

Participants will experience self-care exploration, a team-based approach to integrative health care and scope of practice, navigation and documentation in a medical record, establishing therapeutic relationships, and treatment planning.

The course spans two months and is divided into three modules.

Program goals

In Hospital Based Massage Therapy Training, participants will:

  • Understand the massage therapist's role as part of the integrative health care team in an acute care hospital setting
  • Incorporate knowledge and skills of integrative health practices utilized by massage therapists in a health care setting
  • Integrate the practical skills needed for the massage profession into a medical setting and apply them in an appropriate, safe, effective and compassionate manner with patients and health care staff
  • Understand the role and professional boundaries of a massage therapist in the health care environment
  • Demonstrate proper body mechanics and communication skills while providing massage therapy to patients
  • Understand hospital-based policies relating to safety and infection control


Massage Therapy Training at Mayo School of Health Sciences in Minnesota prepares individuals for professional practice in hospital-based massage therapy.

The curriculum includes:

  • Medical terminology and documentation
  • Pathopharmacology
  • Working with the hospitalized patient
  • Establishing therapeutic relationships
  • Hospital staff panels
  • Experiential learning series
  • Integrative medicine toolbox series
  • Specialty integrative medicine practices
  • Simulation learning environments

Module 1

The first of three modules is online in a Blackboard learning environment. It must be completed by course participants before the start of the second module.

This module includes an introduction to the world of integrative medicine in the health care setting, an introduction to the hospital environment, and content on medical terminology, medical documentation and pathopharmacology. 

Module 2

The second module is an intensive in-person learning experience held at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn. Taught by Mayo Clinic staff with expertise in integrative medicine, this module focuses on the science of massage in a medical setting and tools for integrating massage into a medical setting. Various aspects of integrative medicine are introduced to the participant.

This week concludes with a unique experiential learning opportunity within the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center.

Module 3

The final module is an internship portion that is completed in a hospital setting at Mayo Clinic under the supervision of certified Mayo Clinic massage therapy staff.  

Read a real life Case Study from the Internship Component of this specialized training:

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