Massage Therapy

Students in the Massage Therapy Program develop the skills to become clinical massage therapists. These practitioners are trained for unique career opportunities such as creating their own private practices, working in health spas, chiropractic or sports clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation labs, and other health care environments. The profession of Massage Therapy and bodywork is growing and the need for well-trained licensed practitioners is on the rise.

Our program focuses on clinical proficiency, hands-on manipulation of the body, and problem-solving skills to relate to the individual client needs. The curriculum includes clinical anatomy and bodywork, massage techniques, complementary therapies, clinical practice, business professionalism, and ethics.

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to achieve various therapeutic outcomes. Massage has many diverse physiological effects which are primarily due to the therapist’s application of various stimulation and mechanical forces to the body tissues. The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissues, inhibit muscular spasms, and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system. The therapeutic use of massage by a massage therapist affects all the systems of the body; in particular, the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic (immune), and nervous systems.