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Swedish Institute College - 7 Reviews - 226 W 26th St, Ste 5, New York, NY - Education & Instruction Reviews - Phone (212) 924-5900

Swedish Institute College

226 W 26th St, Ste 5
New York, NY 10001
(212) 924-5900
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Try not to put much weight on reviews from people who have never attended the school. There may have been administrative confusion for some but everybody knows we all make mistake...


The school pompously proclaims itself as "The Harvard of Massage Schools", probably to feel better about what they are. The profession of a masseuse will never be anything that gl...

little gloomy conceited place. 12/28/2011

The school pompously proclaims itself as "The Harvard of Massage Schools", probably to feel better about what they are. The profession of a masseuse will never be anything that glorious or respected, there are tons of unlicensed people who do it just as good as the ones who went to SI. I am not even talking about the perverted associations of the public and sexual context to the "profession". Most of MTs including our teachers admitted they were ashamed to say they are masseuses for their entire life, saying they are "alternative health care"professionals :) Even after 1,5 year and $22 000+ to get a license, everywhere you go you will be expected to provide sexual service and the owner of the spa will tell you with a grin that what you do with the client is your own business. This job is HARD, physically deteriorating, UN-respected and low-class. I just mean that there is nothing to be so conceited about teaching that. Yes they offer decent quality education but it's nothing extraordinary. Most of the teachers there are old sad people dissatisfied with their lives, carrying injuries after years of massaging other peoples backs, angry at the world. A teacher once came up to me and kicked my leg because i closed my eyes at the lesson. Most of the students work for the tuition and they won't even let you come with a coffee in the morning. The ACs were crazy, i'd get sick every week while studying there and they will only allow for 4 absences or less in the semester, others you will have to pay for. There was a ton of other things. Like the rest rooms, which are horrible tiny stalls where you cannot breathe but can almost touch the leg of the person on the toilet next to you. more

If you have graduated from SI, you know. 4/16/2011

Try not to put much weight on reviews from people who have never attended the school. There may have been administrative confusion for some but everybody knows we all make mistakes. I feel compelled to put in my two cents after reading reviews from people who decided not to attend SI. The school is top notch. I admit that I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of material that was required to commit to memory in order to pass the rigorous testing. There were always those who had to repeat a semester around me. I was always under stress to keep up. It was very hard. The fact is that the state board exam was relatively easy compared to some of the tests that we took at Swedish Institute. The National Certification exam was quite easy to do after all that we were required to learn. More importantly, I will attest to the fact that even though I have been in practice for years, I still draw on what I learned there almost every day. There are times that I am filled with excitement at the fact that I decided to get my massage degree at Swedish Institute because while I was learning some of these things I could not understand why we were required to know them, but then, low and behold, the need arose and i was able to educate my customers. These instances are a testament to the high level of thorough and relevant training. If you are ready for a challenge, choose Swedish Institute. If you are not up to the challenge, shop around there are easier schools. more

A Most Unprofessional School 7/24/2009

I had heard excellent things about Swedish Institute from the therapists who work at my spa, that the teachers were amazing, the curriculum thorough, etc. However, I pulled my admission after 2 months of complete administrative ineptitude. The admission director never had our appointment times correct to complete my admissions, she never wrote down notes of our previous conversations, I received harrassing phone calls every 2-3 days informing me that I had X, Y, and Z to complete on my forms despite my repeated reminder that we had a set appointment time for those forms. The final straw was when the COO of the college left a message on my voicemail saying that my registration would be cancelled if I did not provide the documentation they required. This despite my speaking with the director of admissions and the director of the financial department that morning reconfirming (for the 5th time) our appointments for the next week. The next day when I spoke with the COO he apologized for the phone call. The admissions director had apparently been sitting in the same meeting and had neglected to tell him that she and I had an appointment. He then referred to her as "Stupid in the Head". I promptly pulled my admission and am attending another massage school where the teachers AND administration are professional and accomplished. more

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School offers low-cost acupuncture and massage. 11/11/2005

This renown school trains massage therapists and acupuncturists. Their clinics are open to the public, and you can be treated by student interns (supervised by their instructors) for a fraction of what these alternative health therapies usually cost. You must sign up in advance for a series of sessions. You will have the same intern for all the sessions so there is good continuity. Not fancy, but excellent care. more

THE school for accupuncture and massage therapy 7/26/2005

The Swedish Institute is one of the foremost schools in the country for the study of massage therapy and acupuncture, and has been so for almost a century. To earn your massage therapy degree you'll take hands-on classes in Swedish Massage, Shiatsu Massage, Sports Massage and Assessment, as well as lecture classes in anatomy and physiology, myology, neurology and pathology. Length of study is 16 months for full time students, and two years for part time, with classes available in the morning, afternoon and evenings and weekends. Financial aid is available. (the acupuncture program is 4 years) The Swedish Institute approaches massage therapy the medical and therapeutic profession that it is, you'll soon discover that your career options are not limited to spas and health clubs, and are, in fact, nearly endless. The instructors are top notch, the ciriculum is always being updated to best serve and educate the students, and business and professional workshops are required. When you graduate, you WILL know what you're doing. Be forewarned, however, this is NOT a fluff ciriculum. The classes are challenging and require dedication, internships and LOTS of study time. Visit the website for more information! more
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