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Massage Therapy Brings Positive Change

October 5, 2011

Massage TherapyMassage Therapy has become increasingly popular as a relaxing escape from everyday life, for preventative maintenance for the mind and body, and as an effective rehabilitative system.  Massage Therapists are healthcare professionals who offer clients a safe, positive healing touch; they meet the diverse needs of their clients/patients in a friendly, professional environment. If you’d like a career where you work closely with people, helping them to obtain positive change in their lives, then you should consider becoming a Massage Therapist?

Clients with all types of injuries can find long-lasting and often permanent relief from pain.  The number of people suffering from lifestyle diseases related to stress is increasing; massage directly reduces the detrimental and painful effects that it has on the body.  Massage is an intuitively appealing alternative for many individuals, including pregnant women who cannot use drug-related solutions; massage releases tension in muscles affected by all the body changes that pregnancy induces.

The Massage Therapy program at Carrington College strives to exceed the expectations of our students, so that they can one day exceed the expectations of their clients.  Students are taught human anatomy and physiology, as well as various types of massage techniques including Shiatsu, sports massage, Swedish massage, and other manual and energetic therapies. And since many of our graduates aspire to build their own practice, the curriculum includes information related to the business of massage, such as basic marketing and management skills, plus presentation skills.

Our Massage Therapy program mixes formal classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory exercises, and clinical experience. The program is available at our Mesa, AZPhoenix, AZTucson, AZBoise, IDAlbuquerque, NM, and Spokane, WA campus locations; program availability varies by location, and culminates in either a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate of Science degree in Massage Therapy+.

Designed to help our students meet the standards set by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), our program helps students to prepare for the National Certification Exam.  This national credential will help you obtain your license in most states.

Massage Therapy is a growing field; in fact the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics 1 forecasts that continued growth will lead to a 19% increase in the number of Massage Therapy jobs by 2018; that’s faster than the average for all occupations*.  As a Massage Therapist, you can apply your expertise in a broad range of settings; most Massage Therapists work in spas, but a growing number are being employed in chiropractic/physicians’ offices, cruise ships, health clubs, even medical facilities.

Classes are enrolling soon, so find out more about the Carrington College Massage Therapy program at or by using the Live Chat feature on that page.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 Ed.).

+Program availability varies by location