Professional Massage Therapy School

The Therapy of Massage The Professional Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare the adult learner health spas and physical therapists.

Emphasis is placed on law and ethics, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and sports massage, and spa therapy techniques.

Massage Therapy

Professional Duties

The Massage Therapist graduate will be skilled in the science and art of Swedish massage. Other techniques, shiatsu, sports massage, and reflexology will be covered in the program. The massage therapist is a bodyworker who provides massage therapy. The duties include skilled manipulation or treatment of the client’s soft tissue and connective tissue through skillful pressing, touching, rubbing of the client with the intent to help the client to achieve a positive emotional effect and assist in stress reduction.

Massage therapy benefits

One of the common forms of massage for relaxation is the Swedish massage which is soothing and gentle. The sports massage is like the Swedish version. However, it is used to prevent or treat sport-related injuries. Trigger point massage is used to treat and/or reduce knots or tight contracted muscle fibers and connective tissue in an individual’s body. Pressure can be applied with the hands, forearms, elbows, and feet on these trigger points with the ultimate goal of removing them. Due to these stressful times, massage therapy is increasing in popularity. It can also be viewed as a form of alternative medicine; since massages can lead to the benefits above as well as regeneration, improved blood circulation, tension reduction, and an increased in immunity and overall well being.

It is important to hydrate with water before and after a massage. During a massage, accumulated waste or materials are released and water is required to help remove these substances from our bodies. Drinking water can also reduce muscle soreness and aches since water can prevent the released materials from building up again. Nonetheless, below is more information for the benefits massage therapy provides.

Massage Therapy


Massage therapy helps release hormones and toxins and provides relaxation. This is probably the most common reason, besides pain relief, why people seek massages. During these tough economic times and due to our hectic schedules, it is nice to reward ourselves with a relaxing and soothing massage. If you are experiencing pain and muscle stiffness, this form of therapy can help loosen you up and improve your range of motion. Swedish massage therapy is common for relaxation and applies circular movements, kneading, and long strokes to muscles using lotion or oils. After receiving one of these massages, you should feel more energized and relaxed.


Many of us have tight muscles in our upper and lower back, legs, neck, face, head, arms, and feet. Some of us, unfortunately, have painful knots deep in our muscles that generate pain. These knots or trigger points can lead to pain in other regions of our body. They can also reduce our range of motion. Massage therapy can help loosen our tight muscles and flatten these painful knots (or at least reduce the pain). This is achieved by the application of pressure to deep layers of muscle and connective tissue where adhesions or knots are present. Hot stone massages could also be used to loosen tight muscles and reduce muscle tension. However, you may have to receive multiple massages (including different varieties) over a period of time to effectively treat these conditions.

Additional Benefits

As mentioned earlier, massage therapy improves your flexibility, increases your range of motion, and promotes recovery from injury by improving blood flow. It reduces lactic acid which can build up after a strenuous activity such as exercise. This also helps you to recover from fatigue quicker. Massage therapy also helps to eliminate waste and toxins and reduce mental stress, improve mental performance, and provide headache relief.

Now depending on the massage you receive, your body may feel different afterward. If you invest in a deep tissue massage, your body will be sore for …

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I have listened to clients over the last several years and they all say similar things:  that they get a massage once a year as a treat, or they just wanted to pamper themselves or do something nice for their birthday.  However, massage therapy is NOT a luxury as so many people think.

But did you know that massage therapy is actually one of the many alternative medicine therapies out there?  Many alternative medicine therapies take a while to see results, but with massage, you can see results right away and it provides physiological, psychological, and physical benefits.  The medical community is now embracing many alternative medicine therapies and many hospitals, surgery centers, hospice care centers, and neonatal intensive care units are now incorporating massage therapy for their patients.  This is the reason why The Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine now offers massage therapy right along with acupuncture, Reiki, chiropractic care, Alternative medicine also includes things like yoga therapy, iridology, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese (Oriental) Medicine, hydrotherapy, dance/movement therapies, Feng Shui, homeopathy, and reflexology, and the list goes on.

Terms you need to understand

Conventional medicine includes any treatments from medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, and allied health professionals such as physical therapists, registered nurses, and psychologists.   The treatments of conventional medicine tend to be things like prescribed medicines and surgery.


The benefits of skilled massage therapy include:

  • Boosts the immune system so you are sick less often
  • Decreases the effects of stress on the body
  • Increases circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Helps you get a good night’s sleep
  • Increases your energy level and reduces fatigue
  • Reduces or eliminates headaches and/or migraines
  • Helps to alleviate or manage pain and discomfort
  • Eases muscle soreness from working out or sports
  • Speeds recovery after exercise
  • Helps you to feel less stressed with a sense of wellbeing
  • Improves overall concentration and mental clarity
  • Can stop repetitive stress injuries in their tracks
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Reduces post-surgery pain
  • Ease joint and arthritis pain and stiffness, reducing dependence on pain meds
  • Reduce or eliminate chronic back pain
  • Help to manage depression
  • Reduce anxiety and improves your outlook on life
  • Release endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers

If you are super stressed then getting massage at least once per month is a good start.  If you have chronic pain you may want to start out with every other week and then adjust as you go along.  Your massage therapist can help you come up with an effective program.  Make the decision now to make a regular investment in your health, youthfulness, and well being. Massage Therapy you will find one of the best massages in the city.  Our clients consistently tell us that we provide services that easily rival what is found in fancy spas and resorts. 


  • Swedish Massage (exquisite, powerful relaxation)
  • An all deep tissue massage
  • Therapeutic combination massage (skillfully combines deep tissue with relaxation massage)
  • Pregnancy massage (prenatal) – Donna is a Certified Pregnancy Massage Specialist
  • Hot Stone Massage and Hot Stone Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Foot Massage
  • Tables For Two (Couple Massage)
  • A First Timer Massage Session
  • Tween/Teen Massage Session

Perhaps the greatest reason for getting a regular massage is stress and this is the real reason I wanted to get into the massage field.  Research continues to show again and again that more than 90% of all disease is stress-related.  Stress affects your ability to sleep, your personal relationships, and your career.  For most of my clients, eliminating pressures, anxiety, and stress in their everyday lives is probably not really an option And this is the reason that most of the massages that we offer include at least some relaxation massage techniques.…

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