Iowa Massage Institute, LLC

3017 Indianola Ave., Suite A

Des Moines, Iowa 50315


Welcome to our school site!

The Iowa Massage Institute, LLC offers a massage therapy training program (600 Clock Hours)  leading to Licensure beginning every 8 months. We also have available  Continuing education classes through Iowa Massage Clinics, LLC.  View that information at: or call at: 515-280-7611.  Our class schedule is Sat's from 900am-600pm, Sun's 1200-600pm and Fri's's from 430-930pm. We are located on the Southeast side of Des Moines, Iowa. Come and see the difference that is taught in a comfortable, personal  "hands-on" environment. We are registered with the Iowa Department of Education and our curriculum is approved by the Iowa Department of Health Massage Therapy Regulatory Board and graduates qualify to take the MBLEX licensure exam. We are also proud to be qualified for VA benefits and have financing available in-house and offer additional options.  Please inquire if you wish to explore the options available.


Iowa Massage Institute, LLC 

3017 Indianola Ave.Suite A
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Voice: 515-287-2300

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Our School

The school was established in 1997 by its founder Jeff Bockoven, LMT, CRTT, RCP and the tradition continues with a new director, Pearce Powers in September of 2012. The school is located on the Des Moines Southeast side. The facility contains a large classroom, 5 treatment rooms, reception area, office/library, linen/charting area, break room, storage area and 2 restrooms. Restaurants, housing and shopping are within walking distance.


*To provide a comfortable, safe and fun environment in which students are supported in their personal development process as it relates to massage.
*To assure that students are well prepared to pass the licensure examination.
*To encourage self-awareness, sensitivity and observational skills to complement effective massage techniques.
*To teach a wide variety of hands-on massage modalities which will enable the graduates to choose from a broad range of techniques allowing them to tailor to the individual needs of each individual client.
*To teach an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology as it relates to massage.
*To provide business support and training that will prepare the graduate to become financially successful.

Our Faculty

Pearce Powers, LMT/FD
Effective September 2012 Pearce will become the CEO of the Iowa Massage Institute, LLC.  He founded Massage By Pearce which has been in operation since 2002.  He continues to be a "working" therapist offering therapeutic massage to the public at the schools location.  He graduated from Capri College in 2000 and has since been a  licensed massage therapist after taking and passing the National Certification examination.  Along with his background in massage, Pearce is also a Licensed Funeral Director.  His diverse background and experience gives him practical knowledge to share with his students..

Jeff Bockoven, Founder, LMT, Con-ed/Guest Instructor. 
Jeff is the CEO of the Iowa Massage Clinics, LLC and JB Studio Productions, LLC and had operated JB Therapeutic Massage Clinic here in Des Moines. He also founded A-Z Massage Associates and the Iowa Massage Institute, LLC. He has a strong educational and medical background. Jeff graduated from the Iowa School of Natural Therapeutics in May of 1995. He was a respiratory care practitioner and had been an educational coordinator at a local hospital with specific emphasis in the respiratory, cardiology and neurological care departments. Jeff was also directly involved with the blood gas laboratory, emergency medicine and intensive care departments. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Iowa and was an active member of the Iowa Massage Therapy Regulatory Board until 1999 and had also taught at other massage schools prior to opening the institute.

Courses Taught at the Iowa Massage Institute, LLC  include but are not limited to: Swedish, tissue, sports, advanced foot, chair, pregnancy & infant, Thai, Auth, canine and equine massage, Anatomy & Physiology, Professional draping, Musculo-skeletal pathology, Ethics, Business practices, hydrotherapy, CPR/First Aid, aromatherapy as it relates to massage and our supervised clinical internship.

In order to reduce costs for the student, we have changed our tuition charges/policy.  Total cost for the program is
$7500. All supplies will be available for the students use while attending.  The total also includes CPR/1st Aid instruction on site.  There are no additional fees or charges.  A $100.00 application fee with a completed application as well as a small photo, proof of age, proof of high school completion and a personal interview must be done to complete the admission process.   All fees are non-refundable.  Please ask about our clinical incentives and financing options.  Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 4 students are required to conduct the course.  CEU program information is available upon request or viewing the website at:  Contact us for more information about the personalized education that we offer!