The Therapeutic Massage Professional

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help rehabilitate injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients. 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 in today’s spa environment, and there are many potential business relationships that will be encountered throughout a typical career


The Therapeutic Massage Professional Program

This program provides an overview of the theoretical principles for common massage therapy systems and manual techniques, as well as the historical influences from a variety of cultures in order to best understand the massage therapy industry and profession today. In addition, the course overviews selected major cautions and contraindications for giving massage, as well as the effects and benefits of proper massage therapy treatments. The program offers fundamental knowledge along ethical and professional boundaries and serves to introduce both the theoretical basis as well as the demonstration of fundamental manual techniques in the traditional discipline of Western Massage (i.e. Swedish massage), and the contemporary systems of Myofascial Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Reflexology. Additionally, this program also offers a well-organized study of the bones, joints, and muscles, all presented in a specific order that reflects the Ida P. Rolf method for developing structural integrity of the myofascial systems in the body including palpation exercises to help you become comfortable with locating bony landmarks and exploring joint structures and motions, as well as learning the locations, actions, and trigger points of the muscles.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will:

  • Explain the effects, benefits and clinical applications of massage.
  • Explain contraindications and endangerment sites common to massage therapy
  • Understand the principles and techniques used in Western Massage Therapy.
  • Understand the principles of joint range of motion and explain the various techniques used to optimize joint mobility and range of motion.
  • Understand the principles of Myofascial Massage and explain the basic manual techniques used to treat the myofascial system.
  • Understand the basic physiology of trigger points, and explain the manual techniques used to treat trigger points as a massage therapist.
  • 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.
  • Identify and differentiate tissue layers.
  • Demonstrate the palpation of tissue layers and describe the quality of touch by layer.
  • Identify bony landmarks, origins and insertions, and action of skeletal muscles.
  • Demonstrate the palpation of bony landmarks and skeletal muscles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of what joint actions each muscle generates.
  • 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.