Massage Therapy is the art and science of manipulation soft-tissue (muscles, tendons, and ligaments” to effectively reduce pain, relieve stress, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, and to facilitate a sense of well-being in clients.
Central Arizona College is dedicated to providing students with an affordable, industry driven education in Massage Therapy. Our programs focus is to teach massage modalities to enhance health and wellness. People seek Massage Therapy for a variety of reasons- to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain and promote overall health and wellness. Here at CAC, you will be studying to be a healthcare professional who provides massage therapy. You can finish the program in one year with a 735 hour Certificate of Completion which qualifies completers applying for State licensure or attend the program for two years in our 1140 hour Associates Degree program. There is no licensing exam. There are no prerequisites other than that a student has college-level reading abilities.
Our curriculum prepares individuals for entry-level positions performing massage therapy in a variety of settings including resorts, day spas, clinics, health clubs, private offices and cruise ships. Most therapists work at an establishment also develop a private clientele. This program includes relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, and massage therapy for special populations, spa treatments and hydrotherapy. Included in the program is a Chiropractic Assistant certification program which qualifies completers to work in a chiropractor’s office performing modalities such as ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation. Additional topics include Physical Medicine Modalities and Therapeutic Procedures, body mechanics, acupuncture, anatomy, Pathophysiology, Business Skills and complementary and alternative medicine. Students gain work experience in CAC’s clinic by massaging members of the community. With additional classes in general education and expanded medical courses.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the median annual wage for massage therapists was $35,970 in 2012. Most recent growth in the profession has been in the area of moderately priced massage and in medical massage Demand is expected to grow 23% from 2012to 2022 (BLS).
For more information at the BLS: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm