San Antonio Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy

an institute of research and training in allied arts and natural therapeutics

Learn with us the integral
Skills of Massage Therapy

The San Antonio Institute offers various levels of training to fulfill the requirements to test for licensing as a massage therapist in the State of Texas and in other states requiring 500 or fewer equivalent hours.


San Antonio Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy

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Our programs currently available and approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation include:


500 Hour Massage Training Program
• Select days and weekends between August 13, 2024 and January 11, 2025
• Total of 500 hours including 250 hours of remote learning, 200 hours at the school facility, and 50 internship hours as per Subsection 455.156(b) (1) (B)-(H)


200 Hour Massage Training Program for existing massage therapists
• Select days and weekends between August 13, 2024 and January 11, 2025


50 Hour Advanced Massage Training Program for existing massage therapists
• Select days and weekends between October 24 and November 10, 2024


What's included?

Lectures - In Person and Remote

Lectures - In Person and Remote

Practice in Modalities

Practice in Modalities

Training in Assessment

Training in Assessment




Our Mission

At the San Antonio Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy (SAI) we have a commitment of integrity and coherence in the instructing of the integral skills of the Healing Arts. We strive to provide current scientific facts on Massage Therapy and the Healing Arts without relinquishing the understanding of the theories postulated by present and post masters of the arts.

Our Home

Our facility is located at 8607 Wurzbach Road Bldg. Q Suite 101 on an oak covered hill between Interstate 10 and Fredericksburg Road.


Bus transportation is readily available and several hotels are within a 3-mile radius. Our facility consists of a large classroom, with 8 massage tables, a main office area waiting room, and massage clinic.  Savitri-Frizzell, our Director, looks forward to having prospective students join our family.

The San Antonio Institute offers three levels of training

The 500 Hour Massage Training Program fulfills the requirements to test for licensing as a massage therapist in the State of Texas and in other states requiring 500 or fewer equivalent hours.  
•    Fulfills the Texas and National Certification requirements for a massage therapy program.
•    Consists of 250 hours of lecture and practice in Anatomy, Physiology, Business, Health & Hygiene, Hydrotherapy, and Swedish Massage.
•    Includes certification for CPR/First Aid as part of the Health & Hygiene training. (Upon completion of CPR and 100 hours of massage theory, one is eligible to start their internship)
•    Consists of 200 hours of lecture and practice in Kinesiology, Pathology, Business, Ethics, and other massage modalities.
•    50 hours of internship developing confidence in the field of professional touch.


The 200 Hour Massage Training Program assists existing massage therapists that wish to increase their skill level (1) for the additional knowledge and/or (2) because the therapist is moving to a different state that requires additional hours in training. 
•    Fulfills the Texas and National Certification requirements for a massage therapy program.
•    Consists of 200 hours of lecture and practice in Kinesiology, Pathology, Business, and Ethics and massage modalities (including Ayurvedic and Stone Spa treatments, Foot Reflexology, and Traeger Work).

• Please Note:  If student is not previously CPR certified, they will need to pay for said certification separately.


50 Hour Advanced Massage Training Program enhances your skills as a massage therapist with 50 hours of advanced training in assessment and soft tissue work.

Faculty and Staff

We are committed to each student being given caring attention and supervised instruction.

In all practical classes, we guarantee the ratio of faculty to students will never exceed 1:20 per instructor for 7 tables.  If we have more than 20 students in a class, we will provide a massage therapy instructor to assist the primary instructor.  For lecture, classes will have one instructor to 36 in accordance with TAC§140.347(g)(2).


Savitri-Frizzell, L.M.T., D.Ay, M.T.I., (MI01144) is the Director of SAI.  She graduated in 1977 from New York Swedish School of Massage.  She has been a certified Yoga Instructor since 1980 and holds a Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine from New England School of Ayurvedic Medicine in Boston, MA having graduated in 1995.  

She has been an active professional member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) since 1979. Savitri served on the AMTA National Board (1989-1993) as an Eastern Representative at a time when the board implemented National Certification, The Massage Foundation, and the first CEO was hired. She previously served as the educational chair in New Jersey and co-educational chair in Texas with the state chapters of the AMTA.

She teaches Massage Therapy, Advanced Skills of Swedish Techniques, professional ethics, pathology, kinesiology, and the Ayurvedic understanding on developing the quality of longevity.


Debra Lolmaugh, L.M.T., M.T.I. (MI0589) is a Retired Trager Practitioner.  She is a 1994 graduate of Neuromuscular Concepts School of Massage and has been a massage therapist since 1994, then became a massage instructor in 1997.  

Debra specializes in Swedish massage and muscular-skeletal anatomy.  She has studied anatomy with Deane Juhan, author of Job’s Body, and was a teaching assistant in Japan and Hawaii.  She is well trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and massage therapy and will be focused on the massage therapy part of your training.


Deirdre Lovell runs the Business Mastery portion of the program and is a Holistic Wellness as well as an Embodiology® Practitioner.

Following a thirty-year international career in dance performance, pedagogy, theater/film production and arts and business management, Ms. Lovell embarked on her fourth career as a holistic bodywork practitioner starting her next entrepreneurial venture Body & Soul Therapies in 2004.


Ms. Lovell now retired, currently lives in New York, conducting and attending seminars and workshops, impacting her various communities as a business-as-usual disrupter, environmental, health and arts activist, business mentor, wellness consultant, and learning to love the creative forces that nurture and shape every aspect of her life.


Every course module will have a guest professional to augment students’ understanding of their training.

Program Tuition and Fees

Full tuition payment and payment plans are available.  Your deposit includes the non-refundable application fee and insurance fee, as well as the first month’s tuition. Books and supplies are provided separately.

San Antonio Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy

Schedule of Classes

Our next 500 Hour Massage Training Program will begin August 13, 2024 and go through January 11, 2025.

  • Remote classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Remote learning will apply for Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology. Pathology, Business, and Ethics.
  • Massage Therapy classes occur two (2) weekends per month on Fridays from 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays from 9am to 6pm at our SAI school facility.
  • Hydrotherapy, Health and Hygiene classes will be scheduled for specific Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays from 6pm to 10pm at our SAI school facility.

Our 200 Hour Massage Training Program meets on select days and weekends from August 13, 2024 through January 11, 2025. 


Our 50 Hour Advanced Massage Training Program meets on select days and weekends from October 24 through November 10, 2024.


School Holidays for the 2024 session are October 31, 2024; November 25 – December 2, 2024; and December 23, 2024 - January 2, 2025.


Note: Dates may be modified as necessary by the school Director.


Full Program Course Outline

This training provides a solid and imaginative grounding in the theory and practice of massage.  This program consists of the 500 hours required by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) to become licensed as a Massage Therapist within the State of Texas.

Unit I:  Anatomy (50 hours) and Physiology (25 hours)

Studying the body as a whole incorporates the idea that while it is made up of many systems, all of them function together.  We take this approach to the study of anatomy and physiology.  We consider the role of anatomy and physiology in life and the positive impact massage therapy may have on the body.  The systems covered include the muscular, skeletal, integumentary, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, and endocrine systems, along with the special senses.

Unit III:  Health and Hygiene (20 hours includes CPR & First Aid)

Understanding the necessary laws for longevity and self-care work to increase your commitment to your health.  This segment includes professional attire, self-care, movement skills, diet and exercise, relaxation techniques for the therapist and the client, use of disinfectants, the Universal Precautions against communicable diseases, sanitation, and safety pertaining to equipment and work area.  This segment also includes certification for CPR which may be provided onsite or offsite.  Students will cover First Aid in Health and Hygiene, in accordance with TAC§140.310(a)(2)(H).

Unit V:  Hydrotherapy (20 hours)

Students are taught the history, theory, and practical use of water at various temperatures, for cleansing and vitalizing effects.  Students are also taught contraindications and the specific physiological effects of the various hydrotherapy techniques, which include: herbal wrap, aromatherapy, paraffin wax dips, salt glows, clay treatments, hot and cold applications, and contrast baths.

Unit VII:  Pathology (40 hours)

Students learn the terminology for the pathology of the body and develop an understanding of disease and infection, as well as health and wellness.  Students learn about preventative healthcare, indications and contraindications as related to massage therapy, analyze the etiology of various conditions and disorders of each major body system, learn to identify the signs and symptoms of health and disease of the major systems of the body, and discuss considerations for the HIV virus.  Students also learn to identify psychological and emotional states that may accompany acute and chronic disease, develop an understanding of basic pharmacology as it relates to massage, identify the effect, side effect, and precautions of commonly prescribed medications and herbal remedies as relates to massage

Unit II:  Massage (200 hours with 125 hours of Swedish Massage Techniques)

This course includes history, theory, contraindications, effects and benefits, and body mechanics.  Basic strokes are effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, tapotement, and Swedish movements.  Draping of the client is covered, as well as massage products.  The instructors, incorporating their diverse backgrounds in styles and techniques, prepare the student to work on a variety of individuals using relaxing and stress-relief massage.  Our approach is to be precise and thorough in the education of soft tissue manipulation, while respecting the body, mind, and spirit of the client.

Unit IV:  Business Practices & Ethics (45 hours)

The basics of business philosophy, ethics, bookkeeping, budgeting, marketing, advertising, office setup and interviewing skills are provided.  Students are taught to develop a business. The goal is to have the student leave this course being a good business-person with the knowledge to develop a good reputation in his/her massage business.  This unit also covers the study of rules and laws governing massage therapy, in accordance with TAC§140.310(a)(2)(G).


Unit VI:  Kinesiology (50 hours)

Students are taught the terminology for kinesiology of the body and the roles muscles play in movement.  They develop an understanding of the joints and of the movement of the muscular system, and learn how pain restricts muscle movement.  Interpretation of postural patterns, knowledge of the origin, insertion, and action of major muscles in the body, and physiological functions of proprioception are covered.

Internship Program (50 hours)

Students practice their therapeutic, communication, and business skills by working on the public in a supervised setting.  Massage therapy skills are best learned by doing.  After having completed 250 hours of instruction, of which 100 hours are in massage theory, techniques, and CPR; students will begin their internship.  Internship will be arranged during scheduled class time.



The San Antonio Institute is registered with, and regulated by, the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, Professional Licensing and Certification Division, for the Massage Therapy Program.

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