Massage Therapist School
California Healing Arts College has been training quality Massage Therapists in Southern California since 1988, and our reputation has grown over time, because of the success of our Massage Therapist graduates.
The Massage Therapist Program thoroughly prepares you for work in a variety of professional massage therapy environments including but not limited to chiropractic and medical clinics, health clubs, beauty salons and spas.
The nine hundred (900) clock hour training program at California Healing Arts College offers extensive practical and theoretical training in: Massage Theories and Foundations; Swedish Massage; Deep Tissue Massage; Integrative Massage; Body Mechanics; Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Kinesiology; Business and Ethics, Indications and Contraindications; and Health and Hygiene.
The Massage Therapist training program at California Healing Arts College is designed to prepare graduates for California Massage Therapy Council (‘CAMTC’) Certification or for individual city and county licensing requirements in California. Students are sufficiently trained to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (“MBLEx”) while completing this program.
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What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is known as the practice of using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. It is used for a multitude of reasons, including treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health. Massage therapists give massage treatments using their hands and specialized tools to alleviate pain, aid in rehabilitation, or to promote relaxation.
Massage therapists work by appointment, which can range from 5 or 10 minutes and can last for up to 2 hours. Many Massage Therapists like to conduct an informal review with the client prior to the session, in order to learn the person’s medical history and desired results from the massage.
Massage therapists can specialize in more than 80 different types of massage, called modalities, including but not limited to:
- Deep-tissue massage
- Infant massage
- Neuromuscular massage
- Prenatal massage
- Sports Massage
- Swedish massage
Most massage therapists specialize in several different modalities, which require different techniques. Some range the length of the body part and use long, exaggerated strokes, while others use fast, short strokes with a cupped or closed hand.
Massage Therapy licensure requirements differ based on the state in question. In states with Massage Therapy regulations, workers must graduate from a training program and obtain a license prior to practicing a massage. Typically, a Massage Therapist must pass an examination to obtain a license.
There are two types of certification tests offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB):
- National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB)
- National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)
Massage therapy licensure boards decide which certifications and tests to accept on a State-by-State basis. In states that use the National Certification Examination (NCE), if a Massage Therapist has passed the appropriate exam in one state, he or she can apply for licensing in another state without having to re-take the test. In states that do not use the NCE, even if a Massage Therapist in another state, he or she is required to either take that state’s test or apply for reciprocity, which is typically granted on a case-by-case basis. Reciprocity refers to the exchange, recognition or enforcement of licenses, privileges or obligations between states of the US or between nations.
The acceptance of Massage Therapy by mainstream health care organizations and society at large has created a multitude of opportunities for massage therapists, with employment expected to increase by 19% from 2008 to 2018. Opportunities are available and growing for those individuals who complete formal training programs and pass a professionally recognized examination.
Additionally, there has been continued growth in the demand for massage services, which will undoubtedly lead to new openings for massage therapists. The number of spas, which employ a large number of therapists, has increased in recent years and is expected to continue to do so. At the same time, the number of massage clinic franchises has been growing in recent years. Many of these offer massages cheaper than at resorts and spas, making Massage Therapy available to a wider range of customers.
Graduates of California Healing Arts College’s Massage Therapy program can choose to work in a variety of locations, including (but not limited to):
- Beauty and Hair Salons
- Cruise Ships
- Health Clubs and Fitness Centers
- Hospitals and Medical Centers
- Massage and Rehabilitation Clinics
- Nursing Facilities
- Physician Offices
- Spas and Resorts
- Sports Organizations
(a) Be a high school graduate or equivalent
(b) Be at least 18 years of age
(c) Be physically fit enough to perform the required tasks for your training