The Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, was founded in 1950 by Henry LaFleur, proprietor of the Bancroft Health Center, a facility specializing in Swedish Massage and Sports Massage since 1938. He purchased the George School of Massage in Boston, Massachusetts, moved it to Worcester, and renamed it the Bancroft School of Massage.

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

About Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

A well-rounded education. At Bancroft, you receive training in a broad range of massage modalities, from Western health models to Eastern approaches, giving you greater flexibility and marketability in your profession. The program is wide enough in scope and long enough in length to provide a sound theoretical background as well as a strong practical application of professional massage therapy skills. We strive to be the benchmark in the massage therapy education field.
Teaching the Bancroft Method™. We teach you how to administer the complete, full-body Bancroft Method, a technique so unique that it is registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. In both the human and animal massage world, our techniques and approach are unique.


Scientific understanding. Massage is both an art and a science. Bancroft offers an exceptional science program, particularly in the field of anatomy, where our program is second to none.


Experienced instructors. Our highly trained instructors and staff bring a wealth of experience to the table. Our instructors have combined teaching and massage therapy experience of over 200 years!


A passion for teaching. Our instructors love what they do. Their devotion to teaching creates an ideal environment for learning.

Focus on the student. From the director on down, our staff is dedicated to helping you succeed. Extra help programs and 1-on-1 tutorials are always available.

Hands-on experience. At Bancroft, you gain invaluable practical experience by working in our student clinic and as an intern at off-campus sites of your choosing. Directed at transferring to each student the skills of how to listen to clients and respond to clients’ concerns and desires; and as health care providers, to deliver quality service and develop trust and loyalty from clients.

A proven record of success. Our graduates are successfully working in private practice or in clinics, medical offices, hospitals, spas, salons, and other facilities around the world. Many are also teaching in the massage and bodywork field. 95% of our graduates pass the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. This exam is required by some states in order to obtain a license to practice massage therapy.


Our Small Animal graduates are successfully blazing the way to bringing massage into the main stream of modalities that are available to pet owners. Whether we have 2 or four legs, we are still bodies subject to the effects of gravity and general wear and tear.

Career counseling and business skills. We provide career counseling and business practice skills to enable our graduates to have a high success rate in the massage therapy field; either in a self-employed or employed capacity.

It doesn’t stop when you graduate. We provide continuing education for our graduates by a lecture series or by workshops in order to maintain skills to satisfy the consumer demand for massage therapy.


Bancroft School of Massage Therapy Diploma Program

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy’s Professional Massage Therapy program meets the licensing requirements of most state, city, and town laws presently enacted, exceeds the educational requirements for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  The objective of the program is to prepare men and women for rewarding careers as professional massage therapists.

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