Massage therapy

Massage Therapy

In our Massage Therapy Program, students gain a fundamental understanding of Anatomy / Physiology and Pathology which is critical in determining when massage is appropriate for a client. Students are nurtured as they develop their basic Swedish Massage techniques and gain exposure to entire range of specialized modalities that range from therapeutic deep tissue techniques to light touch / no touch relaxation techniques. Our Program is designed to prepare students to become entry-level Massage Therapists. This level of education enables them to sit for certification/licensure exams offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

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Nature of the Work

Massage therapy is the practice of using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. It is performed for a variety of reasons, including treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health. Clients often seek massage for its medical benefit and for relaxation purposes, and there is a wide range of massage treatments available.

Massage therapists can specialize in more than 80 different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques.

Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public: private offices, studios, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, sports medicine facilities, airports, and shopping malls, for example. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to provide a massage. It is common for full-time massage therapists to divide their time among several different settings, depending on the clients and locations scheduled.

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For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program, and other important information, read more here for our Margate campus and here for our Clifton and Toms River, NJ campuses.

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