The first step to your career in Therapeutic Massage…Virginia College
Today, massage therapy is used as a means of treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health. Clients may seek massage for medical benefit or for relaxation purposes, and there is a wide range of massage treatments available to meet these distinct needs. Massage therapists can specialize in over 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 modalities in massage therapy.
Massage therapists work in an array of settings such as: private offices, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, sports medicine facilities, spas, cruise ships, airports, and shopping malls. Some massage therapists also travel to clients' homes or offices to provide a massage. It is not uncommon for full-time massage therapists to divide their time among several different settings, depending on the clients and locations scheduled.
The Therapeutic Massage programs at Virginia College, are designed to focus solely on courses that pertain to your career in massage. Do not worry if you are not already skilled in these areas. That is why you are coming to school! We are experienced in giving students the education and training they need to pursue their chosen careers.
You will take classes in:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Review for the certification examination
- Various massage techniques
- Nutrition and health science
- Medical law and ethics
In addition, you will also take part in an internship and be required to perform therapeutic massage treatments under the supervision of an instructor and/or a licensed therapist.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor, employment growth for massage therapists is expected to be faster than the average for all occupations with very good job prospects. Additionally they state that "Employment will grow as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy. Increased interest in alternative medicine and holistic healing will translate into new openings for those skilled in massage therapy. Additionally, healthcare providers and medical insurance companies are beginning to recognize massage therapy as a legitimate treatment and preventative measure for many types of injuries and illnesses."*
*Note: Job outlook data are based on information published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and reflect a national sample or projection. No promise of a job or of potential salary is made or implied.