NOVA Training Center is a private for-profit massage training institution owned and operated by NOVA Training and its Board of Directors.  

The school was founded by Shannen Park.  Ms. Park was born in South Korea.  Her passion to help others led her to the massage field.  She is an expert in the field with multiple degrees from prominent universities in Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Chinese Medicine.  She believes that everyone should incorporate massage into their daily life to achieve better health and a more balanced lifestyle. 

NOVA Training Center commenced training in March 2017 following licensure with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). 



NOVA Training Center is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).           

Description of School Facilities

Our 2000-square-foot facility offers a conducive learning environment for the 600-hour Therapeutic Massage program.  Space includes two private treatment rooms, administrative offices, and a didactic training classroom equipped with a television, projector, and whiteboard.  The school also has a computer lab with Wi-Fi and internet access, a student lounge, and a full-service kitchen with a refrigerator and warming appliances for instructors and students.  The building is wheelchair accessible. There is ample parking available at no charge.



NOVA Training Center (NTC) does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or any special status that is protected by law. From the student's initial contact with NTC and throughout the entire educational experience, all administrators, staff, instructors, and students are required to maintain the highest level of personal, professional, moral, and ethical standards in both their personal and professional lives. Any applicant or student who believes that he or she has been the subject of discrimination from an NTC instructor or staff member can file a complaint with the President or with the Academic Director.  Any NOVA Training Center staff or instructor who has been found to have committed harassment will face discipline, up to and including dismissal.


Therapeutic Massage Program

NTC offers a 600 Hour Therapeutic Massage Program that enables students to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) in Virginia.  Patient care is at the heart of the curriculum which provides a foundation of basic and advanced approaches, including Swedish, sports, chair massage, and hydrotherapy. In the clinical setting, the therapeutic benefits of massage are explored as students learn to apply their skills to relax patients and to address common contraindications. The internship portion of the program provides the opportunity to put theory into practice as the students work on the public.

In addition to technique classes, applied science courses are offered to teach students about the structure and function of the body to help students make sound clinical decisions.