Local Area - Tucson

At Cortiva's massage school in Tucson, we're fortunate to find ourselves immersed in the vitality, healthy lifestyle and culture of Tucson and the Southern Arizona region. Located in the southwest United States, Tucson boasts over 350 days per year of sunshine and a stunning backdrop of cactus forests, rolling hills, craggy mountains and beautiful sunsets. Tucson is 300 miles south of Grand Canyon and the red rocks of Sedona; 200 miles north of the beaches in Mexico; and 400 miles east of San Diego. Tucson is in the Sonoran Desert valley and bordered by the Coronado National Forest, Catalina State Park, Ironwood Forest National Monument, and Saguaro National Park.

Tucson is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in America with archeological discoveries dating back to 800 BC, and today is home to world-class research facilities, premier spa destinations, a large alternative healing community, and a metropolitan population of over 1 million. The combination of our rich history and present culture creates an innovative and nurturing environment ideal to learn the history, art, science, and practice of massage therapy.

Other great facts about Tucson:

Tucson is home to the recipients of the 2009 Spa Finder Magazine Reader’s Choice awards for the Visionary Award (Dr Andrew Weil, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine); and the Favorite Spa in the United States (Canyon Ranch).

Labeled the “Greenest Desert in the World,” in 2008 Washington DC think tank The Brookings Institution ranked Tucson the 17th-lowest carbon emitter among the 100 largest metro cities in the country. In 2008 the American Lung Association survey listed Tucson as No. 6 in the country for clean air. And in 2007, Tucson was named one of the 13 “Solar Cities” in the United States.

"Tucson is Arizona's second largest city, a metropolitan sweep of industry and education, but the Sonoran Desert rises through it all, providing a potent backdrop for healing and spas of all description. Here, in the immense sky, it's possible to find some solace, some consolation, a transcendental home."
– Travel & Leisure, Feb. 2004

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