Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy | Holistic Massage Therapy School | Berkana | (303) 377-3111
Berkana is the premier Massage Therapy school, to attend to become a cutting-edge bodywork artist and empowered entrepreneur who facilitates true holistic healing.
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Artistic ­- Professional ­- Accelerated

Improve your life in every way by becoming
an empowered Holistic Massage Therapist

BOOK A STUDENT MASSAGE Schedule to receive low cost massage therapy in our student clinic ARTISTIC PROFESSIONAL ACCELERATED Improve your life in every way by becoming an empowered Holistic Massage Therapist BECOME AN OUTSTANDING MASSAGE THERAPIST Schedule a tour to learn about our licensure prep program LEARN ABOUT THE PROFESSION OF MASSAGE Check out Jill Berkana’s Blog BOOK A STUDENT MASSAGE Schedule to receive low cost massage therapy in our student clinic BECOME AN OUTSTANDING MASSAGE THERAPIST Schedule a tour to learn about our licensure prep program LEARN ABOUT THE PROFESSION OF MASSAGE Check out Jill Berkana’s Blog


We are accepting applications for the Spring Class of 2023. Classes begin January 20th. 

There are only 16 spaces in this class. Schedule your tour today! 


Why Settle for Less than Excellence?

Become a Certified Massage Therapist, eligible for State Licensure and National Board Certification in only 5 intensive months!

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy is the Premier Massage Therapy Licensure and Board Certification Preparatory Institute to attend if your desire is to be a cutting edge bodywork artist and empowered entrepreneur who facilitates holistic healing with Massage Therapy and Bodywork. Massage Therapy Educator and Pioneer, Jill Kristin Berkana, provides committed and caring mentorship for every student. The Berkana Method embraces the proven tradition of an apprenticeship style approach.

NEW Location Grand Opening!

The Certification Program Campus is Moving!

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy revealed today its massage therapy licensure program will relocate to Prospect New Town, Colorado as of July 2017. Plans to convert the current Lower Downtown Denver campus into a Massage Therapy Co-Op and Continuing Education Facility for NCBTMB Approved Providers and fellow Holistic Educators were also announced. See the details >

The Feel Good Scholarship Program

The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy Advisory Board has approved the Feel Good Scholarship Program for our Inaugural Class at our New Campus in Prospect; The Fall Class of 2017. Three (3) – $3,000 Needs Based Scholarships are available for students who do not qualify for our other discount programs but who can demonstrate need and commitment to the program.

Berkana is not right for everyone, but it could be perfect for you!

Our focus is excellence in the profession. We train our graduates to be solid health care providers, discerning employees, and savvy entrepreneurs who are prepared upon graduation to start their own private practice as professional Massage Therapists and bodywork artists. Berkana Graduates have a 100% success rate on the U.S. National Licensure Exam. The program meets legislative requirements in over 40 states. The education is designed to balance the science of the human body, techniques of ancient and modern bodyworkers, innovative business strategies, within an endless celebration of the human spirit. The program challenges each student to explore expansive personal and professional growth. Well educated Massage Therapists are needed more than ever right now! The profession of Massage Therapy is rapidly expanding and being recognized as valid emotional, mental and physical health care.

Exquisite environment, a Faculty of devoted experts, small classes of determined students, original curricula, standards of high level professionalism and ethics, and the cultivation of Mindfulness are the essential elements of this proven method. Come tour our Campus to discover if this is the school that resonates with you!

All work is completed on-site at the Institute with expert instruction and the support of your cohort. The program is offered as an intensive and accelerated 5 month long “boot camp” in the Spring and Fall each year.

Jill K. Berkana LMT, BCTMB

Ms. Berkana is the Founder and the Director of the Institute. She is committed to maintaining the tradition of massage therapy as an art form, while staying on the cutting-edge of progress. Ms. Berkana strives to be a champion of the progressive evolution of massage therapy education. She currently mentors over 450 Massage Therapists and graduates. She is the Original Developer of the Berkana Institute’s Style of Bodywork, and designed the comprehensive curriculum. She served as a Board Director for the National Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and is a known advocate and ambassador for the Massage Therapy Profession. She is a certified expert witness for the State of Colorado Judicial Branch

Our World Class Faculty of Experts

“What is it like to teach at Berkana? Art, science, physics, passion, mindfulness and bodywork all blended together and presented in an intensely productive atmosphere.” ~John Yungclas – Senior Complementary Studies Instructor

Berkana brings together a faculty of experts who are devoted to our students’ success in the ever-changing profession of Massage Therapy and Bodywork. The team collectively has over 150 years of professional experience to share with the Berkana students.

The Berkana Team of facilitators is comprised of successful bodywork artists and holistic health care professionals who are high level educators and mentors. The Berkana Faculty works together to provide a streamlined delivery of exactly what an entry level massage therapist needs to truly succeed in this profession. All of the instructors bring their prominent experience and a ton of heart to this life changing journey.


We believe that our clients deserve our deepest respect and gratitude for trusting us to touch their entire life when we work with them. We believe that we are not healers, but facilitators of the healing that resides within each individual person we have the great opportunity to work with. People proclaiming to be “healers” do not participate in this program as students or instructors. We believe that humility is paramount ”

Alumni Testimonials

“The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy is unique in that it provides depth and breadth in a short, intense amount of time. The teachers are committed to the profession of massage therapy, which means no shortcuts. They are also aware of practical considerations, so the training is affordable and allows practitioners to get into the field and begin earning money in a timely manner.”

~Judy Lucas LMT


The curriculum is original and has been refined over 40 times to reflect updates in vital information as the massage therapy profession evolves and benefits from national leadership, national collaboration, and the integration of evidence based research. The Berkana curriculum is a living project that continues to advance and change over time. Every class at Berkana will add value to the progress of this work by bringing new questions, creative solutions and ideas to the classroom community.


The Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy is:

    • Regulated by the Colorado Department of Education
    • Approved by the VA to accept the GI Bill
    • Approved by the Colorado Workforce for Select Counties
    • A member of the American Massage Therapy Association
    • An NCBTMB Assigned School
    • An NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider
    • A member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education

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