Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute

Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute (SBBTI) is a holistic massage school that provides vocational and avocational bodywork training, affordable student massage, and professional bodywork to the public. We certify students as Massage Practitioners, Massage Therapists, and Holistic Health Practitioners. Our programs include traditional styles of Swedish and Deep Tissue as well as more energy based approaches such as Medical Qigong (Traditional Chinese Medicine). In any given month, we have roughly 50 students enrolled in assorted programs.

Our classes are personal and intimate, with lots of one-on-one attention and a student to teacher ratio that ranges from 6-1 to 12-1. We have a 96% pass-rate on the MBLEX exam, required for statewide certification, and our graduates are gainfully employed throughout the tri-counties.

Katie Mickey is a leading educator of massage and holistic health who has blessed the Central California Coast with her deep understanding of the self-healing mechanisms of the body for over a quarter-century.

Katie has been the Owner/Director of SBBTI since 1989 and since that time she has trained over 3,000 students in massage, bodywork & holistic health. SBBTI alumni are gainfully employed throughout the tri-counties, in all the major spas, physical therapy offices, corporate massage venues, and countless private practices.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Five Element Qi Gong Flow

    60 min | Warriors Way

    We will teach you how to purge, tonify (strengthen), and regulate the five elements of the body with this Qi Gong flow. Qi Gong means 'energy exercise' in Chinese. In Qi Gong, we teach that the body is a conduit of Qi (energy) that is between Mother Earth (Yin Qi) and Father Sky (Yang Qi). According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain is resistance to energy flowing freely. In this five element flow, we encourage the flow of Qi through our bodies while we balance the metal, water, wood, fire, and earth elements, which are present in each of our bodies cells.

  • Reflexology Massage 101

    60 min | Healing Sanctuary

    Join us for an introduction to the art of foot massage and learn about the history of its development and the profound effects that it can have on the organs and body systems. Foot reflexology involves distal stimulation on the feet to release metabolic wastes in the tissues that impede the flow of blood, lymph and chi to the vital organs, glands and lymph nodes. Students will be introduced to the body's electromagnetic energy grid through the ten zoned or bipolar currents and affect change anywhere in the body with sustained contact on the feet.


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