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Massage Practitioner Certificate

30.5 Credit Hours – 600 Clock Hours Full time: 8 Months   Part time: 12 Months


Therapeutic Massage

The foundation of this certificate program is a comprehensive science curriculum, focusing on human anatomy, physiology and pathology. Students gain the skills necessary to assess and address client complaints and the palpation skills to locate areas of tension. Through the physiological understanding of the indications and contraindications for massage therapy, students gain the knowledge of when to treat and when to refer clients to other healthcare professionals.

Students in the Massage Practitioner Certificate Program train in Swedish Massage and Body Mobilization Techniques (BMT). Swedish Massage is popular in spas, resorts, clinics and fitness centers. Techniques include gliding, soothing, kneading and tapping with additional massage strokes that are beneficial for relaxation, stress reduction, relieving muscle tension and improving circulation and range of motion. Students learn the importance of proper draping techniques and appropriate client positioning. Emphasis is placed on career longevity through practitioner self-care and proper body mechanics.

Additionally, students receive training in hydrotherapy, sports massage and chair massage. Students also choose one elective course to further customize their training. With the increase of people seeking massage as a component of their health and wellness routine, there are excellent job opportunities for individuals trained in bodywork. The Massage Practitioner Certificate Program provides individuals with the needed entry level skills to be employed as a bodyworker.


Massage Practitioner Certificate Program Outcomes

By completing CenterPoint’s Massage Practitioner Certificate Program the student will:

1. Acquire proficiency and competence in Swedish Massage, chair massage, hydrotherapy and Body Mobilization Techniques (BMT).

2. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the human body.

3. Obtain a practical working knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and pathology as it pertains to the practice of massage.

4. Be able to describe and explain the effects of massage on the human body, including benefits and contraindications.

5. Be able to summarize the psychological and emotional aspects of massage therapy, and effectively communicate this to clients.

6. Provide effective and beneficial massage therapy to a varied client population.

7. Cultivate the professional skills necessary to develop and operate a massage therapy practice, or gain employment in an establishment offering massage therapy services.

8. Develop an appreciation of one’s own body and the importance of self-care, including an understanding of the principles of body mechanics in order to promote safety and prevent injury while practicing massage therapy.

General Education Courses

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Communication & Ethics

Program Courses

  • Swedish Massage Foundations* or (Swedish Massage I** & Swedish Massage II**)
  • Successful Career Development
  • Massage Clinic Training & Summary Session**
  • Massage Student Clinic

Electives (Choose One)

*Daytime courses   **Evening courses

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