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Massage Therapy


Massage therapy has gained popularity with the general public and wider acceptance with the medical community. It has become recognized more and more as an effective way to alleviate symptoms related to stress or physical ailments, creating employment opportunities for massage therapists. As more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy, the demand for trained massage therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.* 

Massage Therapy Education

Brightwood College’s Massage Therapy Diploma program can provide you with the training required to enter this growing field. We provide you with a solid, basic foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, physiology, and massage therapies. This program introduces you to the following:

  • Proper body and table mechanics and draping
  • The history of massage therapy
  • Basic organ structure and function
  • Charting client intake and progress
  • Demonstration of ROM
  • Basic health and hygiene procedures
  • Techniques such as deep tissue, neuromuscular massage, and the use of water as a therapeutic tool
  • Basic business procedure
  • The core techniques of sports massage
  • The role of nutrition as it affects the client and massage therapist
  • Resume writing, preparing for interviews, and conducting a professional job search

Massage Therapy Program Features

Get the education required to enter this growing field and seek a career as a massage therapist. Brightwood College’s Massage Therapy program offers the following:

  • Comprehensive clinical course instruction
  • Hands-on massage therapy training
  • Preparation assistance for certification exams
  • Assistance with job placement

Potential Massage Therapy Career Opportunities

Those seeking the services of a professional massage therapist include spa clientele, athletes, the aging population, and a wide range of individuals seeking relaxation and rejuvenation from the stresses of everyday life. With a diploma from our program, you can seek various entry-level positions or even establish your own business as a massage therapist in these settings:

  • Private offices
  • Massage therapy clinics
  • Chiropractors' and doctors' offices
  • Holistic health clinics
  • Health clubs
  • Fitness centers
  • Spas
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Sports medicine facilities

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Massage Therapists, (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

Brightwood College is CAMTC approved at Palm Springs (SCH0041), Riverside (SCH0040) and Vista (SCH0042) locations.

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