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.
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.
At the conclusion of this program, students will:
Education and National Certifications
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.