The Massage Therapy Programme is tailored to meet the high demand for massage professionals, and carries a well-rounded curriculum which provides a solid base of knowledge, through a blend of classroom lectures, instruction, demonstrations, lab sessions, hands-on experience and technical knowledge. The core curriculum is structured to include a lecture component and a clinical component, which combines a study of Swedish massage with other manual and energetic therapies, in the area of soft tissue dysfunction. The student will also achieve competency and skill in massage techniques, documentation and business areas. This broad introduction to the art and science of massage enables students to learn how massage techniques can be used in relation to the specific conditions of the body. The programme also provides the basic knowledge, tools, ethics, and behaviours that will enable students to successfully practice high quality skills in a variety of health care settings, as well as supplying them with a sound competitive advantage in this ever-changing field. Because of the demand for these treatments, there are diverse opportunities for employment in numerous medical facilities, health clubs, massage clinics, day spas, wellness centres, chiropractor's and pain clinics, sports teams, rehabilitation centres, athletic clubs, cruise ships, corporate wellness programmes and other venues providing the healthful benefits of skilled bodywork.
The massage therapy programme runs for a 9 month period, and consists of 20 modules, with a total of 720 contact hours, which would generate 40 credits. It provides students with the requisite knowledge and skills involved in treating painful ailments, tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating accident and sports injuries, and promoting general health. Students will study anatomy and physiology, pathology, clinical practice, hygiene, massage fundamentals, business and success skills, as well as health and wellness. The massage therapy classes provide students with a balance of in-depth educational skills, academic knowledge, technical expertise, clinical skills and manual dexterity. This exposure will increase the theoretical knowledge behind massage as well as the specialized career training needed to perform it. Although the theoretical elements of massage are very necessary to the students, the practical component is of maximum importance, and comprises a minimum of 75% of the programme, in a mix of classroom demonstrations, in house lab sessions, field visits, and a period of externship, where participants will receive training in therapeutic massage principles, hydrotherapy and allied therapeutic modalities, including massage techniques, the external application of water, heat, cold, topical preparations, and mechanical devices.