The objective of the program is to prepare students to enter the workforce as an entry level Massage Therapist. The program provides the student with a career in the rapidly growing profession of massage therapy, which provides the student with an opportunity to gain satisfaction in helping clients to recover from injuries and improve overall wellness, as well as treat clients with chronic diseases.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
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.
A massage can be as short as 5–10 minutes or could last more than an hour. Massage therapists talk with clients about what they hope to achieve through massage. Some massage therapists suggest personalized treatment plans for their clients. They also may offer clients information about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions.
Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques.
TYPICAL JOB DUTIES:
- Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
- Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body.
- Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body.
- Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture.
- Document client’s condition and progress.
The program includes anatomy & physiology, diseases and their treatment, business english and math, theory and practice of massage techniques, hydrotherapy, and alternative treatment modalities to give the graduate a broad foundation of knowledge and skills. The supervised clinical externship ensures proper and professional hands-on massage practice.
High school diploma/GED
CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE:
Graduates from the MIPB Massage Therapy program are eligible to sit for the (MBLEX) Massage & Body licensing Examination through The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FMTB) :
- Licensed & Certified Massage Therapist