The Massage Therapy & Holistic Healing Professional

In today’s industry of massage therapy, it is more important than ever to have knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career. There are a wide range of opportunities available for massage therapists and there are many different potential business relationships that will be encountered throughout a typical career. Learning more about the business will serve to equip the massage therapist with information and tools that will be required as you begin your career.


The Massage Therapy & Holistic Healing Professional Program

This program provides an overview of the theoretical principles for common massage therapy systems and manual techniques. The course discusses the historical influences from a variety of cultures in order to best understand the massage therapy industry and profession today. The program also serves to introduce both the theoretical basis as well as the demonstration of fundamental manual techniques in the traditional discipline of Western Massage, Myofascial Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Reflexology. This program further overviews anatomy and physiology, and pathology in order to understand all the inner working of the human body, how you think about the human body as a health care professional, how they communicate to colleagues and clients respectively about their bodies. In addition, this program discusses each body system, structure and function relative to homeostasis. Finally, the program discusses major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments and changes in the body throughout the human lifespan.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will:

  • Comprehend foundational knowledge for understanding and applying massage therapy.
  • Gain insight into the philosophical and historical background of massage therapy.
  • Explain the effects and benefits as well as clinical applications of massage.
  • Understand the principles, and explain the techniques used in Western Massage
  • Understand the principles of joint range of motion and Myofascial Massage
  • Understand the basic physiology of trigger points, and explain the manual techniques used to treat trigger points
  • Understand the principles of Reflexology and explain the basic techniques used to treat the various systems of the body with the application of manual reflexology methods.
  • Define and differentiate Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology.
  • Understand the basic knowledge of the major body systems and homeostasis
  • Describe selected human diseases in terms of definition, cause, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments for each of the body systems
  • Describe common issues or changes for each body system throughout the lifespan
  • Massage Therapy career and professional development
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.


Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.