Naropa University Purchases Rights to Boulder College of Massage Therapy

Naropa to Open New Massage School; Will Ensure that Boulder Remains #1 Destination for Massage Therapists in the Country

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July 20, 2015 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University today announced the acquisition of the intellectual property and most of the physical assets of the former Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT).  Through this purchase, Naropa intends to open a new massage therapy school, and will leverage the deep expertise and decades of success enjoyed by BCMT prior to its closing in 2013.

Once launched, Naropa’s new massage therapy school will ensure that Boulder remains an international magnet for the training and licensing of massage therapists, and will include 1000-hour certificate programs initially. Established in 1975, BCMT was the second-ever school of its kind, and was responsible for training thousands of massage therapists with concentrations in a variety of healing modalities. Prior to closing its doors in 2013, BCMT was regarded as one of the premier massage schools in the country.

“Boulder has developed an internationally renowned reputation for training and certifying massage therapists, and Naropa’s planned launch of a new school to replace BCMT ensures that Boulder will remain at the center for years to come,” said Charles G. Lief, President of Naropa University.  “Skilled massage therapists are in growing demand, and the skill is applied at a much greater frequency as physicians and health insurers recognize the benefits of massage in support of physical and mental health.”

The acquisition is the latest in a series of announcements on expansion at Naropa University. In recent months, Naropa has also launched the Authentic Leadership Center, the Joanna Macy Center, and the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. 

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About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.