Medical Massage Specialty
Certificate of Excellence – 100 hours – On-Campus – Tuition
Massage therapists can specialize in more than 80 different types of massage. According to the Medical Massage Practitioners of America (MMPA), Medical Massage is “result-oriented, and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a physician. The therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, however, will focus that treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription.”
Medical Massage Classes
Breast Health – Intro
Elder Touch – Medical
Lymphatic Massage – Advanced
Medical Massage for Cancer Survivors
Massage Sideline w/Deep Listening
Scar Tissue Massage
The Benefits of Medical Massage
The medical benefits of “friction” were first recognized by the Greek physician Hippocrates around 400 B.C. Today, massage therapy is used as a means of treating pain, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries and promoting general health. By manipulating the soft tissue of the body including fascia and skin, muscles, and lymphatic system circulation is improved and waste products are removed from the muscles and their supporting systems.
Massage therapy may help cancer and other patients dealing with severe illness to cope with the stress, anxiety, fatigue, pain, and problems associated with diagnosis and treatment. The medical community widely embraces this complementary form of cancer therapy for its mind-body healing benefits. Unlike conventional medicine, massage therapy addresses the whole person, not just the body.
Current Medical Massage Job Market
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 2020 data that the employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is a faster than average increase. The average salary is about 47K per year. Those working as self-employed massage therapists usually work as independent contractors or own their own business. Those who are not self-employed usually find employment in places such as physician and chiropractic offices, massage therapy day spas or fitness centers. Those working for themselves or a company often practice massage therapy as a way to earn a second income. Metropolitan areas, resorts and destination locations offer massage therapists many job options.
Experience Our Massage Clinic
SWIHA’s Massage Clinic offers scheduled appointments with both student and licensed massage therapists in our relaxing and spa-like setting. Experience a rejuvenating massage therapy session yourself. Please visit our Massage Clinic page to schedule an appointment today.
NOTE: Certificates of Excellence are areas of concentration designed to take as CEU’s or to be taken within a diploma or degree program; they will not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently. Only vocational programs of 600 hours or more are eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
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