Massage therapy is the systematic and scientific manipulation of soft tissue with the intent of positively affecting the health and well-being of a client. As a health care profession, the education of a massage therapist requires basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, pharmacology, business, self-care, nutrition, hydrotherapy and many other related topics. There are dozens of massage therapy modalities ranging from therapeutic to relaxation (spa). Some of these modalities include Swedish massage, sports, reflexology, medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial massage therapy, and pregnancy massage. The program includes training in both scientific and therapeutic application of many of these modalities. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to work independently or work for others in performing a full body relaxation or therapeutic massage session. Upon completion of the massage therapy program the student will also need to pass a state licensure exam in order to begin the process of applying for licensure.
|Time Commitment||Full Time|
|Typical Program Length||8 Months|
18 years or older by the first day of class
High school diploma or GED
Pass a background check
Class size is limited and students may be required to have a face-to-face interview with the instructor before being approved to register for the class.
Massage therapy is a physically demanding profession. One typically stands for long periods of time (hour or two is common per session) and must use their hands, arms, and legs in performing the service. Many physical or mental conditions may preclude one from easily performing this work. Allergies to products, lifting issues, carpal tunnel, contagious diseases, diabetes, sickle cell anemia and many other conditions all have ramifications for massage therapy. Work is usually performed in areas with subdued lighting.
Good personal hygiene is a must in the health care industry. Hair must be restrained. Fingernails MUST be no longer than the tips of the fingers.
Both men and women are in the classroom and you may work on or receive massage from any one of the students. Draping is always used and required by law.
241 Vo-Tech Drive
McMinnville, TN 37110
Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.
Bright Outlook: Yes
Currently employed in the area: 3,330
Current job openings per year: 540