Finally an answer to... do I launch a successful and profitable massage business without killing myself or selling my soul?

Your step-by-step guide to cut through overwhelm and give the courage, confidence, and know-how to build a massage business from scratch while becoming the Massage Boss you were always meant to be!

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Are you an ambitious massage therapist who dreams about creating a business that allows you to take control of your own destiny while providing you with the security and flexibility?

Maybe you are...

  • Fresh out of massage school and looking to build the business of your dreams?
  • Working for someone else and feel like you are being taken advantage of, don't have the time freedom you desire, and want to step out on your own?
  • Someone who deeply desires to build a business from the ground up, but are scared you might make a mistake or fail?
  • Ready to take the leap, but have been putting building your business on hold but are now finally ready to gain the tools necessary to launch for realsies!

If any of these describe you, you are in the right place! And I couldn't be more excited to share how "Massage In The Real World" will give you the tools, inspiration, and support to finally become your own Massage Boss!

It's time to:

  • Finally set-up your massage business with all the necessary tools, equipment, and systems necessary to create a successful and profitable practice.
  • Develop a rock-solid rebooking strategy.
  • Get crystal clear on your mission, values, ethics, policies, and procedures.
  • Determine what type of legal entity best suits your specific massage business.
  • Learn self-care tools and techniques to ensure you enjoy longevity in your massage career.
  • Implement techniques for networking and marketing that WORK to increase traffic.
  • Create a high converting website and social media strategy that allows for exponential growth.
  • Automate your systems to give more time-freedom than you ever dreamed possible.
  • Learn strategies for scaling your massage business in the future.
  • Manifested a bigger and brighter future for yourself!

The step-by-step blueprint you build the business you actually want!

Take A Peek Inside the Course

Module 1:


Don't be fooled into thinking that this module is fluff based on the name! This module is the foundation for everything you will build in this course and in your massage business. And, foundations are important!

Remember the Three Little Pigs?

It's also where you learn the lay of the land and get comfortable with the community and format Massage In The Real World implements.

In this module you will define KEY factors that many businesses fail to identify and implement. Key factors that give you a leg up when starting your business!

In this module, you will:

  • Clearly define your "WHY" for taking the huge risk of becoming your own boss.
  • Identify what a thriving practice looks like for you.
  • Learn Tips and Tools for creating powerful habits that will propel you towards growth in your Massage Biz.
  • Start implementing systems that allows your dreams to become a reality!

Module 2:

The Basics

This module is where we cover all the basics. Those pesky little details that tend to elude us when building a business from the ground up!

It's an action-packed module filled targeted towards the practical side of growing a business.

In this module, you will:

  • Define your mission, the aims, and values you want to embody in your practice.
  • Step out of the "creative cul-de-sac" that is naming your business and FINALLY decide on a name!
  • Figuring out what type of business entity is right for you and best suited to the practice you intend to create.
  • Open a business banking account. 
  • Join necessary state and professional organizations. 
  • Learn critical factors for keeping yourself safe in a professional and dignified way.
  • Reverse engineer your schedule to establish price, times, and days for your business.
  • Learn how to charge what you are worth!
  • Establish if niching is right for you. Hint: contrary to popular belief, it may not be.
  • Figure out if you want to supplement your income with other work.
  • Develop a rock-solid budgeting system. That will prevent you from overextending yourself and create massive headaches in the future.

Module 3:

Boundaries, Policies, Procedures, & Ethics

This module is one of those necessary evils, yet so often overlooked and is the keystone for having a successful and thriving practice!

I've seen far too many therapists underestimate the importance and value of nailing down this piece of their business. But these pieces MATTER! And as my student, you aren't going to fall into the trap of glossing over these topics. Nope! You are going to set things up 'right' from the get-go!

In this module, you will:

  • Define, honor, and embrace the value you bring to the table as a unique and wonderful being.
  • Get clear on your ethics, policies, procedures, and boundaries. And understand how this plays out in everyday interactions with clients.
  • Develop written content regarding boundaries, policies, procedures, and ethics ready to plug into your website and marketing material.

Module 4:

Networking & Marketing

This is one of my favorite modules in the course! Here we start to get creative and develop material to use in all of our marketing material. We begin to hit the ground distributing marketing material and establish connections to serve you for years to come.

Word of mouth is a powerful tool for building a massage business and developing a strategy for doing this effectively will become beyond priceless for you!

In this module, you will:

  • Get your creative juices flowing as you design highly effective marketing material.
  • Establish a networking philosophy that you can implement effectively with confidence and ease.
  • Set-up a range of powerful referral programs to help expedite your growth.

Module 5:


Here is where it gets REALLY FUN!

Where you actually get your physical office set-up with all the bells and whistles. Here we dial in the logistics of all the practical aspects of building a massage business.

With 9 lessons, you will feel so legitimate once you have finished this module!

In this module, you will:

  • Find an office and negotiate a lease, with terms that work for you!
  • Determine how you will handle laundry, scheduling, forms, gift certificates, and phones.
  • Implement a bookkeeping system that will help you stay organized for years to come.
  • Get up and running for credit card processing.

Module 6:

Website, Email, & Online Booking

Having a strong web presence has become an increasingly important aspect of the massage business building process!

This module will break down the intimidating process of building such a web presence into manageable chunks! You will learn the elements you MUST have in the beginning while also discovering what you can "save for later."

In this module, you will:

  • Learn the basic components to incorporate to build a highly converting website.
  • Set-up your online booking system.
  • Begin to build an email list, one of the strongest, most effective ways to build client retention and loyalty!

Module 7:

Calling in The Professionals

Sometimes we need reinforcements. We went to school to become professionals in our field. So did lawyers, accountants, web developers, and contractors.

While it might hurt a little in the beginning to pay for services we might be able to piece together on our own. Sometimes the time and energy involved isn't worth it. And sometimes choosing to "figure it out" ourselves can cause costly mistakes. To avoid these mistakes, you will learn when it is appropriate to source outside help, and when DIYing it makes more sense.

In this module, you will:

  • Determine if you need outside funding and what resources are available for such funding.
  • Connect with lawyers, accountants, web developers, and contractors who will help propel you forward.
  • Figure out what are your insurance needs.

Module 8:

Online Presence

We started to get into online presence in module 6, but here in module 8, we dive a little deeper. The web has become just THAT important!

Facebook, Instagram, online reviews, we get comfortable implementing strategies that keep us 'top of mind' for established and newly acquired clients.

In this module, you will:

  • Determine a social media philosophy that fits your comfort level while helping you establish yourself as THE Massage Therapist to see.
  • Implement a variety of social media tactics for gaining traffic and increasing your customer base.
  • Begin building reviews for your business that have a powerful impact when leveraged properly!

Module 9:

Getting in The Flow

There is nothing better than getting in the flow, automating systems, and beginning to see the fruits of your labor blossom and grow! And that's what this module is all about. You will learn from those who have paved the path before you how to work smarter, NOT harder.

In this module, you will:

  • Learn the importance of being present in the NOW.
  • Learn a rock-solid rebooking strategy.
  • Begin to automate systems to save you time and energy in the future.
  • Get clear on where your self-care routine needs a booster shot.
  • Determine if bringing in retail is the right move for you to increase your revenue.
  • Learn how to add a blog to your website.
  • Figure out an advertising strategy.

Module 10:

Looking Towards The Future

As an ambitious therapist, you will no doubt be continually climbing ladders to reach for the stars. In the final module of this course, we plant seeds for future growth in your business.

In this module, you will:

  • Determine continuing education opportunities that align with the vision you see for your business.
  • Identify when golden opportunities present themselves.
  • Learn how to scale your business.
  • Take a hard look at your goals, moving into the next chapter of your boss journey.

Hear what others are saying...

"Ali is a thoughtful teacher. She knows what it takes to be successful and create a thriving business. Ali’s experience teaching students in the classroom to managing her own business to working directly with clients all show how her knowledge is top notch for creating a viable business. Working with Ali in the classroom and hearing feedback from the students about her approach definitely spoke to her abilities and knowledge. I am very impressed with her organization and level of care for all she does."

- Dana Armstrong

Director of The Massage Program @ CNCC

(Colorado Northwest Community College)

Massage Therapist since 2013

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"I look to Ali for all my massage business questions. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs. It must be in her genes because she is the most savvy businesswoman I know! I have watched her grow her thriving practice for the past 12 years. Ali is a role model and a mentor to me. She has taught me a great wealth of knowledge that I have applied to my personal business. I have no doubt she will guide you in the right direction, so you can get the same great results that I have gained from her. "

- Tara Massage LLC

Tara Propst LMT

Massage Therapist since 2007

"Once Ali sets her mind to a goal, she is guaranteed to get results and won’t stop working until she achieves them. She is a wonderful teacher and always able to communicate her lessons and points. Ali is one of the most trustworthy people I know and always has the best intentions with people she comes in contact with. She is truly a kind, talented healer with a gift of helping those around her."

- Kaitlyn Cole LMT

Mountain Goddess Massage

Massage Therapist since 2016

Past Students

"As a therapist for over 20 years and a business owner for most of them, it was finally the right time for me to really grow my practice, and "Massage in the Real World" was just the course I needed to propel my business forward. Challenges, although some took me out of my comfort zone, and zoom calls with the group held me accountable for my progress. If you are just starting out, or need some fresh ideas, and are willing to put the work in, I highly recommend this course. Ali's fun, easy-going personality was an added bonus."

- Amie Kraft LMT

Kraft Massage & Bodyworks

2021 " Massage In The Real World" Graduate

"I am so glad to have taken this course with Ali. She has a wonderful energy and this course was exactly what I needed to bridge the gap between school and starting my own business. Ali brings a wealth of knowledge to her course and makes it fun and easy to follow. I would recommend this course to anyone that feels they are lost and not sure about the next steps to take in starting their own massage business."

- Daneisy Silie LMT

2021 "Massage In The Real World" Graduate

"Ali is amazing! She really takes the time to listen to your concerns and is very genuine. This course taught me a lot. I learned how to be self confident and become a better business woman."

- Tara Kukla LMT

Tara's Holistic

2021 " Massage In The Real World" Graduate

CEU Credits

Approved Provider #: 1000651

As of August 23rd, 2022, I have been approved as a CEU provider through NCBTMB. I am beyond thrilled to offer students 21-CEU credits for joining my program, Massage In The Real World.

The Breakdown:

12 credits - For your attendance on the coaching calls.

9 credits - For the home study portion of the program. (With a graded quiz, you must complete. *Don't worry; you will get several attempts to take the quiz.)

Group Coaching

I am thrilled to be bringing back 12 weeks of Zoom group coaching calls! Every Tuesday at 6 pm EST/3pm PST from February 14th-May 9th, except February 28th, we will be meeting to talk about your specific struggles and how to work through these challenges.

Learning and growth is accelerated when you have this type of accountability. And I'm ready to see you guys rock it!

To kick off these coaching calls, we will have a Zoom happy hour at 9:00 pm EST on February 10th.

Guest Presenters

Meet The Guest Presenters

For some parts of this course, I've brought in reinforcements. (It takes a village, right?)

Experts in various aspects of living well while creating a thriving massage business will inform our growth and awareness! I'm so excited to introduce the following amazing souls...because amazing they are!!!


Beca, massage therapist and co-host of the podcast “Align with the Massage Business Mama” is passionate about all things wellness from her internal environment to her external environment. She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training, (YTT) in 2015 and completed her second YTT in 2017. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” These words of Lao Tzu are a directing force for Beca, guiding her steps into what is next to come.

Beca Sipe


Abby is a mindset coach who helps women overcome self-doubt and insecurities so they can flourish. As the creator of The Flourishing Mind, she has learned how to be nimble, creative, and resilient.

Abby Lister


Emily, the Creative Bodega founder, strives to help students design, brand, and market themselves in a streamlined, easy-to-understand way. She teaches entrepreneurs who wish to start, grow, and scale their businesses the incredibly easy-to-use tool, Canva. With a unique approach to online education, she prides herself on making courses fun and engaging.

Emily Connors


Hazel is a life and leadership coach with over 20 years of experience as a coach, trainer and change management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Hazel’s focus is working with individuals and professionals to help them live with more purpose, connection and joy. She believes in the power of developing awareness of self and others to transform the impact, effectiveness, and influence of today’s leaders.

Hazel Hoff


Bethany Dykman, a wife, mom, doula, teacher, and blogger, helps people in whatever capacity they need. A true Enneagram 2. Whether that's through birthing, Facebook ads, or growing your business, she's got your back! In this course, she shares her knowledge around Facebook marketing in a fun, doable way!

Bethany Dykman


Chelsea, a Mindset & Meal Prep Coach, and Massage Therapist is a former pudgy, party girl turned self development junkie, badass bodyworker, and passionate home cook. She's a real food lover, free thinker, fun seeker, and truth speaker. She lives by the motto that life is supposed to be fun!

Chelsea Beers


Christine is a money mindset strategist, mentor, and speaker, using her over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting to help visionary business women master their inner money game. Founded in personal growth and practical strategies, Christine brings clients her cutting-edge money wisdom, forward-thinking entrepreneurial mindset, and Wall Street investment experience together so they can breakthrough their money ceiling, reduce financial fear, and increase their income without compromising their lifestyle or busting their a$$ to get there.

Christine Walsh

The Course

Massage In The Real World

(A $3045 Value)

  • Lifetime access to 10-Modules and 59 Lessons of high-quality step-by-step content, of videos, and pdfs to help you build a massage business fast!
  • 12-Lessons with self-care tools and techniques to ensure longevity in your career.
  • 7-Guest Presentations that will help drive in the concepts we learn and discuss over the course of our time together.
  • 14-Weeks of a Facebook community.
  • 12-Weeks of Group Coaching.
  • Support and encouragement to help you celebrate the wins of building a business from scratch.

You will be given access to one module per week (except for during the implementation weeks.) This should allow ample time to dive into the lessons, limiting the feelings of overwhelm you might otherwise experience if you were given all the material at once. This helps protect your time, attention, and focus!


Bonus 1 - A Mini Course

(A $49 Value)

In the Mini Course, "The Quick and Easy Business Plan Blueprint for Massage Therapists," you gain access to:

  • A step-by-step guide with videos and pdfs to help you knock your business plan out of the park.
  • Editable financial statement spreadsheets.
  • An insider's perspective on what banks are looking for in a business plan from a seasoned lender.

Bonus 2 - Rebooking 101

(A $24 Value)

In the workbook, Rebooking 101: How to Retain Clients and Fill Your Schedule, you will gain confidence as you learn the steps involved in retaining clients and filling your books.

Did you know?

  • Acquiring a new client costs five times more than retaining an existing client.
  • Increasing client retention by 5% increases profits 25-95%.
  • The success rate of selling to a current client is 60-70%, while the success rate of selling to a new client is 5-20%.

This 69-page workbook is designed to help you thrive in your massage career! And it's yours FREE with enrollment into Massage In The Real World!

Bonus 3 - Membership Program

(A $228 Value)

12-months FREE access to my membership site "Massage Momentum Membership," because, let's get real, three months inside the course isn't nearly enough time to build the kind of business that you're after!

In this group, you will be joined by past students of "Massage in The Real World" as they continue to walk side by side on their business-building journeys.

Inside the group, we have book reviews, challenges, guest presenters, and group discussions that all leave you feeling like you always have a trusted group of HIGH CALIBER therapists to call on!

Enrollment Ends In...


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Join Confidently with the Risk-Free 30-Day Guarantee

While Massage In The Real World is a step-by-step guide that helps you cut through the overwhelm and gives you the courage, confidence, and know-how to build a massage business from scratch while becoming the Massage Boss you were meant to be, and I am confident in the course material offered.

I also want to make sure all students are SUPER satisfied with their purchase. Therefore, I offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

If you decide the purchase was not the right choice for you, within 30 days of purchase, contact me at and let me know you would like a refund.

In order to receive the refund, you will need to show your completed coursework for the modules you have received within the 30-day period.

In addition to showing your coursework, you will also need to share why this course was not a good fit for you and your business needs. What did you expect that you did not get once inside the program?

I want you to feel confident and motivated after receiving and working through the 30-days worth of material. And if that doesn't describe you, I want to make it right!

Enroll in Massage In The Real World Today

I'm ready to join the program and get the step-by-step guide to building a massage business from scratch. I'm ready to jump in and make the life-affirming decision to become my own boss and stop being AFRAID. I'm ready to gain clarity and confidence and become the author of my own destiny. I'm ready to say, "Yes!"


I've got As for your Qs

How long do I have access to the course material?

You will have lifetime access to the content of the course. This will extend for as long as I continue to offer the course. If I ever discontinue the course, I will give you ample time to download all of the material to view at a later date.

How long will it take me to work through the course material?

So here's the deal...there is a LOT we are going to cover in this course! The course itself will be dripped out to you over a 12-week time period. Some of the modules may take you longer to complete than others. Some you may want to go back and revisit at a later date. While some of you may choose (and I encourage you) to move through the content as it is released, others may find themselves working in a more self-paced manner. This is fine. However, I encourage you to move through the content as it is released because you will be able to benefit more from the weekly Q&A's and coaching calls. Specific strategies and techniques from each of the lessons may take longer to implement, but if you have at least processed the material, you will have more educated questions to ask and receive feedback on during our time together.

Can you tell me about the challenges?

Weekly, I will email challenges to help advance your business-building progress. At the end of the course, the students with the most points will be awarded prizes.

How do I know if this course is right for me?

Are you ambitious? Are you ready to stop putting your plans on the back burner? Are you ready to learn from others' mistakes instead of your own?

Any Massage Therapist, especially those in the beginning stages of building a massage business can benefit immensely from this course! This course walks you through all the steps necessary to get your massage business up and running and destined for great things!

I've had my own practice for a while, but it's not where I want it to be. Could I benefit from this course?

While this course was initially designed for those just getting their business off the ground, if your business is struggling to gain traction, you can definitely learn from this course! While there may be a few lessons you blaze through - others will be game-changing.

Just listen to podcast Episode 019: Uncovering Your Competitive Advantage of Align with The Massage Business Mama to hear about how someone with 20+ years in the massage business benefitted from this course.

What about COVID?

So just to be clear, I am NOT one of those people who thinks COVID is all a hoax! I am taking this virus VERY seriously and have taken some pretty major steps to help mitigate the spread in my own massage practice! Practices that I will share inside my course.

People need healing touch now more than ever! And after you have worked through the material in my course, you will be able to position yourself as exactly the expert people need to help walk them out of their pandemic haze!

Do you offer a payment plan?

I do! You can pay in full and save yourself $194, or pay in three installments billed monthly.

How long do I have access to the Facebook group?

The Facebook group will be active for 14-weeks. Two weeks longer than the duration of the course. At the end of the the 14 weeks, on May 18th, the group will be archived but you will still have access to the content. While you will no longer be able to comment, make connections, or ask questions you can still go back and view everything that was previously discussed.

What if I can't make one of the group coaching calls?

In order to receive full CEU credit, you will need to attend all of the live coaching calls. But, I do understand that sometimes life gets in the way, so there will be opportunities to make up those calls. Also, all of the calls will be recorded for you to view time and time again.

What are the dates this program runs?

This session, runs from now (whenever you sign up before enrollment ends February 9th at midnight) until May 9th.

What about accountability? Sometimes I struggle to find the motivation to work through content like this.

Okay, so I'm not going to lie.... Like so many things in life, you will get as much or as little as you put into this program. BUT, based on feedback from the last round of students, I have added an accountability partner program to this round of the course.

This program is designed to accelerate your success!

Will you run this program again in the future?

Yes, I run Massage in The Real World every February and September. But, I can't guarantee that the price won't go up.

Couldn't I figure all of this stuff out on my own?

Well, ya, maybe. But not without a lot of wasted time and energy! And who has time for that? Trust me, I've made my fair share of mistakes, and I want to save you time and energy and help you learn from my mistakes!

You've got better things to do than spin your wheels and be stuck in the exact same spot you are now, one year from today!

When do I get access to the bonus material?

The first two bonuses, "The Quick and Easy Business Plan Blueprint for Massage Therapists" and "Rebooking 101: How to Retain Clients and Fill Your Schedule," immediately.

The third bonus, "Massage Momentum Membership," will become available on May 9th, after our time together has come to an end.

When can I get started on the course material?

Immediately. As soon as you complete your payment, you will gain access to Modules 1.

Each subsequent Module will be released weekly. With two implementation weeks sprinkled in to give you time to "implement" everything you have learned.

Giving Back 5% of the Proceeds

Human Trafficking Awareness

A couple of years ago, there was an illicit massage practice in my town. Now, I am aware that this is not uncommon in larger cities, but in my small town, it is a bit more of an anomaly. And while it was not the first time someone had offered such "extra's," it was undoubtedly the largest operation my town has ever seen.

The effect of having such a practice in my town was that clients would hear through the grapevine that "someone" offered more than massage, but they wouldn't know who that "someone" was. So, legitimate massage practices were receiving far more requests for sexual favors than normal. It compromised our safety and confidence. And I hated it! So, I got busy contacting organizations and agencies to try to eliminate their presence in my town.

One of these organizations I was introduced to was the Polaris Project, a leader in the global fight against human trafficking.

I was blown away to learn that according to Polaris Project, there are more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses in the United States, compare that with the 8,222 Starbucks we currently have in the states. 

These staggering statistics prompted me to want to give back to organizations committed to helping the victims of such entities. With that in mind, 5% of the proceeds from the sale of your course will be gifted towards the Polaris Project. 

Still on the fence?

You should give Massage In The Real World a 30-day risk-free shot if you relate to any of the following statements:

You are ready to start betting on yourself....

You know you were meant to be your own boss, and in spite of the fact that you are scared, you are willing to take the risk. You are ready to put in the hard work to have a rewarding business that supports you (and your family.)

You are ready to stop living in your comfort zone and ready to take a giant leap towards a future that feeds your soul and your pocketbook. One where you are the author of your own destiny, where you never have to ask for another vacation day or work with clients with whom you don't align.

You are sick of working hard for someone else, putting in so much time and energy to build someone else's business.

You want to be supported by a community of high caliber therapists in similar stages of business as you. You want a little coaching and guidance to help you avoid common pitfalls and missteps that can cost loads of time and money!

You want to follow a step-by-step process to propel you quickly towards your massage business dreams!

Meet Your Instructor

Why I Created this Course

Hey there! I'm Ali.

(the creator behind Massage In The Real World.)

And I'm so excited for the chance to work with you!

When I was still in massage school, I began noticing a severe gap in the information being provided in massage school versus what it actually took to be a thriving, successful entrepreneur.

You see, I grew up in a long line of entrepreneurs. Men and women who built businesses from scratch, and I knew that the information being presented to massage therapists was lacking.

As I got out into the field and began building my multi-therapist practice, I encountered A LOT of therapists in various stages of their careers. It broke my heart to watch therapist after therapist struggle to build a business that actually sustained them.

They would come to me with giant dreams, and I would watch as time and time again they spun their wheels trying to get things off the ground and profitable.

And I understand the struggle is real. I also know the past year has done nothing to help this! The idea of starting a massage business amid the biggest global pandemic we have ever experienced is a bit scary. But the thing is, I've got your back!

If you are willing to commit to improving your future, I'm willing to commit to help you fast track your success and make that vision a reality!

Should you choose to accept my invitation, what I want to promise you is we are going to have fun in the process! We are going to step off the hamster wheel and begin taking giant leaps forward!

There is nothing more rewarding than creating something from nothing. From having a seed of a vision grow into a living, breathing organism. And therapist, we are going to make these dreams a reality!

I look forward to meeting you inside Massage In The Real World!

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Experience the highly interactive process of building a massage business from scratch with a skilled coach.

  • 10-Modules, 59-Lessons of Coursework
  • 14-weeks of Facebook Group
  • Opportunity to participate in challenges and win prizes
  • 12-hours of group coaching calls
  • 21-CEU credits

12 payments of $157 *plus any applicable state taxes

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A $287 savings!!!