The Massage Therapy industry has experienced a career explosion during the last decade and both industry and employment experts suggest the field will continue to grow and expand.
As massage becomes more mainstreamed with traditional medicine, the amount of people using massage will rise. Already individuals use massage as a means of relaxation, therapy and rehabilitation, making it both a popular profession and a high-demand career opportunity.
A Massage Studies degree from Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) can help put you in the forefront of this escalating field by offering two very unique choices: more practical, hands-on training and convenient class times.
“Our 12-month program is more than 1,200 hours, making it one of the most comprehensive courses in the area,” said Michelle Simpkins, a faculty member. “That many hours, in addition to earning a degree, gives our graduates the competitive advantage when entering the job market.”
For working parents or busy adults, the Massage Studies program offers two campus locations and the choice of day or evening classes. Financial aid packages, scholarships and grants are available and an on-site daycare makes getting to class easier.
The Massage Studies program is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to safely and effectively practice massage therapy in a variety of settings. Skills and topics range from Swedish Massage and Injury Assessment and Treatment to professional ethics and business practices.
CPTC massage instructors are successful Licensed Massage Practitioners with more than 35-years of combined experience, both in industry and as instructors. This level of experience ensures students will receive a well-rounded education, extensive massage training and assessment of skills.
“As a public school, Clover Park provides nearly twice the amount of training at less than half the cost of many private schools,” added Simpkins. “This is a great benefit for working or low-income individuals.”
Massage can be a part-time or full-time profession and practiced just about anywhere, including your home, in an office, clinic, hospital, cruise ship, resort, spa or sports club. In Washington State, massage is licensed under the Department of Health, and Licensed Massage Practitioners (LMP) are health care providers. As such, massage is covered under most insurance, workman’s compensation and personal injury claims.
As more people learn about the benefits of massage and more employers look to incorporate massage therapy in their businesses, the demand for competent and skilled Licensed Massage Practitioners will continue to grow.
If you would like more information about the Massage Studies program, come to campus and meet the instructors. Orientations are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month between 3:00 & 3:45 p.m. For additional questions, please contact Michele Simpkins, Instructor, at 253-589-6094 visit the school on the web at www.cptc.edu. Classes for Fall Quarter begin Monday, September 25.