The instructors at Ocean County Massage Institute understand that a great massage requires equal parts science and skill. That's why the business offers classes where students can apprentice for six months at the 1,000-square-foot facility, soaking up training from certified reiki, energy therapy, yoga, and acupressure practitioners. Inside the air-conditioned studio, students from a wide variety of backgrounds come together to learn a curriculum that includes massage history and ethics, as well as body mechanics, physiology, and business skills. All students must also complete 165 hours of clinical table experience to earn their license. Already licensed and experienced massage therapists also staff the Institute to soothe clients with a variety of massage modalities and bedtime nursery rhymes.