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Massage Therapy


As a massage therapist, you’ll have the chance to provide essential healthcare in a variety of settings. Your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and massage fundamentals will help achieve positive outcomes for your patients and clients.

Massage Therapy Program Overview

Massage therapists work in day spas, health and fitness centers, private practices, physical therapy clinics, rehabilitation centers, and sports medicine clinics.

Because massage therapy has multiple purposes, it also comes in many forms. You may already be familiar with various styles such as Swedish, Thai, Japanese (Shiatsu), and Hawaiian (Lomilomi). There are also massage techniques specifically designed to address the needs of pregnant women (i.e. pre-natal) and those of athletes who've suffered minor injuries (sports massage). Other common variations include deep-tissue massage, hot stone massage, and reflexology, which focuses exclusively on the feet.

Our Massage Therapy program provides the basic tools and knowledge you’ll need in order to successfully practice as a massage therapist.

Note: Program schedules and availability vary by campus.

Massage Therapy Courses

Massage therapy classes include a balance of academic knowledge, technical training, clinical skills, and manual dexterity/techniques. As an Altierus Massage Therapy student, you'll have the opportunity to study topics that include:

  • Business and Ethics
  • Swedish Massage
  • Western Theory and History
  • Practice and Mechanisms of Health and Disease
  • Swedish Massage, Pre-Natal
  • Post-Natal and Infant
  • Elder/Geriatric Massage
  • Eastern Theory and Practice
  • Energy and Non-Traditional Therapies
  • Wellness and CPR
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Release and Pin and Stretch
  • Neuromuscular/Trigger Point
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Clinical and Sports Massage
  • Health and Wellness

Your studies take place in a traditional classroom and in a lab where you'll get to practice massage techniques as you learn them. Your instructors are massage therapy professionals who know firsthand the demands of today's employers.

Note: This Massage Therapy program description is not necessarily reflective of every Massage Therapy program offered across all Altierus campuses. This is a summary of general topics learned within most schools. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about what is taught in the Massage Therapy program near you.

Massage Therapy Careers

Growing demand for massage services will translate to more openings for massage therapists. This field is projected to grow 22% through 2024, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics considers to be "much faster" than the average for all occupations.

Some of the more common areas of employment for massage therapists include:

  • Massage Studios and Day Spas: These popular massage studios are often found in shopping centers and office complexes.
  • Hotels and Resorts: Many hotels and resorts have on-site spas that employ massage therapists. These spas may be owned by the facility itself or are franchised to an independent operator.
  • Medical and Rehabilitation Clinics: Many physical therapists regularly prescribe massage for clients who are recovering from injuries.

You also have the option of opening an independent massage therapy business. Many massage therapists choose this path as it allows them to set their own prices and schedules. They offer their services in their own home or they travel to their clients' residences or places of business. In short, massage therapy is a field that offers you plenty of options to fit your individual career goals, needs, and lifestyle.

Note: Program availability, version, and schedules vary by campus. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about which massage therapy programs are available.

*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market, and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

Ready to start a career in as few as 9 months

  • Hands-On Training
  • Certificate Preparation
  • Career Guidance

Career Outlook - Massage Therapist


Entry level jobs in Settings Such as:

  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Spas

Salary

2017 annual salary for a Massage Therapist*

Median: $39,990
Lowest 10%: $20,300 or less

Job Growth

2016-26 projected growth*

+26%
42,100 New Jobs

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm (visited July 12, 2018).

Massage Therapy Courses

Introduction to the Healthcare Profession

Learn the basics of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, infection control, HIPAA, OSHA and HIV/AIDS, professional codes of ethics, medical insurance and billing, and professionalism skills.

Business and Ethics

This class provides an understanding of job opportunities in the massage industry while building core computer and business skills. Clinical practice in Swedish massage, chair massage, and integrated techniques are covered as you continue to build practical skills.

Swedish Massage, Pre-Natal, Post-Natal and Infant, & Elder/Geriatric Massage

Learn theory and hands-on skills involved in practicing Swedish massage as well as hip, pre-natal, post-natal, infant, and elder/geriatric massage.

Eastern Theory and Practice

Learn Eastern massage theory and practice as used within different styles of Asian bodywork. You’ll also study the immune and lymphatic systems.

Energy & Non-Traditional Therapies and Wellness

This class provides the theory and hands-on skills involved in fundamental energy-based modalities including polarity and Reiki. You will also gain an understanding of the integumentary system and musculature of the forearms and hands.

Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release & Pin and Stretch

Study myofascial, deep tissue, and pin and stretch techniques – techniques that can be incorporated into Swedish massage to better address individual client needs. Learn basic assessment skills to identify muscular holding patterns and develop treatment plans. Study the digestive system, urinary system, and the muscles of the anterior neck.

Neuromuscular/Trigger Point and Muscle Energy Techniques

Learn about neuromuscular therapy (NMT)/trigger point therapy and muscle energy techniques (MET) along with the assessment skills necessary for these modalities. Study the structure and function of the nervous system and review the muscles of the shoulder.

Clinical and Sports Massage

Study clinical and sports massage techniques and the assessment skills necessary for these modalities. Learn assessment skills, charting/documentation, and clinical applications. Study the endocrine and nervous systems (CNS/PNS).

Health and Wellness

Learn the skills involved in working in spa services and specific strategies to enhance health and wellness.

Massage Therapy Clinic

Gain a realistic view of and experience with working in the field by participating in a real massage therapy clinic or ‘mock’ clinic environment. You’ll enhance and practice skills learned from instruction.

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