Massage Therapy: What Is It?

We used to think about massages as just a luxury that were afforded to the affluent and those with too much time. The truth is that massage is an ancient art and one that has been used to make people feel better for thousands of years.

Massage is just the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to various areas of the body. Variations on these techniques can be used to improve circulation, fight fatigue, reduce stress, etc. This is not a job one can simply start doing, it requires professional accreditation. Massage Therapists have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Preparing the massage therapy area, including the bed or mat. Ensuring its cleanliness is essential.
  • Setting a schedule to ensue every patient is seen promptly and receives the attention they were promised.
  • Ensure that the client is relaxed by attending to environmental factors. That means eliminating excess noise, smells, or movement.

Massage Therapists come in many different shapes, sizes, techniques, and backgrounds. If you are capable of physical labor, then you can become a Massage Therapist. With Medical Training College you can complete the program in under a year.

There is a growing consensus that Massage Therapy is a field worth exploring. This is because there are so many people currently who want to make use of these professionals’ services, whether because they just quit smoking and need to relax or because they have four kids and want some time alone. If you want to look into becoming Massage Therapist, then you should consider the following:

  • Training to become a Massage Therapist takes less than a year.

    At Medical Training College, the program is designed to be completed within nine months and the overwhelming majority of students complete the program within that timeline.

  • A variety of settings are open to Massage Therapists.

    This includes private practices, sports team facilities, chiropractic offices, wellness centers, health salons, fitness clubs, activity centers, day spas, resorts, cruise ships, and others.

  • It is a position that is expected to experience short and long-term growth.

    From 2014 – 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 22% job growth in this field, which far outpaces most positions.*(see note below)

  • A wealth of professional education.

    Students at Medical Training College will be able to learn a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, Sports, Connective Tissue, Neuromuscular, Reflexology, Corporate, and Spa Therapies.

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Outlook Page on Massage Therapists: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-6

If you want to learn to use your hands to make a career for yourself, then you should call about becoming a Massage Therapist. Medical Training College can be reached at (225) 926-5820.

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