Therapeutic Massage is a vital course for the massage industry including the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a successful, professional massage therapist. It includes the basics of anatomy and physiology. Essential topics to the industry such as ethics, hygiene, communication skills, and body mechanics are covered. Full-color illustrations and photographs clearly illustrate techniques and procedures. Classical massage is expanded with clinical techniques including neuromuscular and myofascial techniques, and lymph massage, combined to better serve the client by following therapeutic procedures. Numerous career tracts are explored including massage in a spa environment and athletic massage. This course includes information on massage for special populations including pre-natal, infant, elder, critically ill, people with cancer, and hospice. The final section covers business practices for finding employment or for successful self-employment.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Comprehend the history and guidelines for therapeutic massage
Identify and understand the function of the systems of the body
Identify equipment, material, and preparation needs for therapeutic massage
Identify classical therapeutic massage movements and techniques
Identify techniques and procedures for addressing various parts of the body
DISCLAIMER: Every state has different requirements for Massage Therapist licensure. This course doesn't give you any hands on experience. Please check with your state to find out the requirements for becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists. The number of spas, Employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists. The number of spas, which employ a large number of therapists, has increased in recent years. The number of massage clinic franchises has also been increasing, many of which offer more affordable massages than those at spas and resorts, making them available to a wider range of customers.which employ a large number of therapists, has increased in recent years. The number of massage clinic franchises has also been increasing, many of which offer more affordable massages than those at spas and resorts, making them available to a wider range of customers.
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?
By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the student’s responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.
Does this course translate in to college credit?
Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.
How long do access to my complete my course?
Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.
When are the course start dates?
The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.
Is the Certification exam included in the course?
The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.
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Mac OS Users
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iPad – iOS 5.1 (or latest)
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System will support the two latest releases of each browser. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.
Windows Users: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mac OS Users: Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Suggested Plug-ins: Flash Player, Real Player, Adobe Reader, Java