Massage Therapists are growing in number and in demand, as people are seeking good health, alternative and complimentary ways to prevent diseases and disorders of the human body. The practice of massage has been documented as early as 3000 B.C. and is returning in popularity. Touch is very healing especially when practiced by a trained and caring therapist. Touch is also healing to the provider as well as the patient/client who is receiving the massage. A good massage therapist will apply skills using a variety of massage techniques and knowledge based on human anatomy, physiology, and the pathology of human disease.
Massage Therapists can provide relief from all types of pain, including headaches, muscular-skeletal pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and injuries from sports or car accidents. They also can reduce a person's stress level, which will help a person improve in many aspects of their life, from home to work. Stress contributes to a multitude of diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, higher blood sugar levels, and anxiety, just to name a few. Massage compliments many other forms of health care, including chiropractic, physical therapy, and modern medicine in all settings from cancer centers, to outpatient surgeries.
The Massage Therapy program is offered as a 1 year full-time day program. Graduates of the program receive a certificate of completion, and are eligible to sit for the Mblex National Test. To become a Licensed Massage Therapist in Ohio you must pass the test and apply to the state for licensure.
Massage Therapy Gainful Employment Data
The massage therapy program is in good standing with the Ohio Medical Board.
If you wish to obtain an associate's degree, you can easily add the Health and Wellness Curriculum, which would extend the length of the program to approximately two years.
Massage Therapists manipulate soft tissues of the body, to treat disease and disorders of the human body. Massage also helps to decrease stress and promote relaxation, relieve pain, and increase overall wellness. You may work on the very healthy, active and physically fit athletes to average people of all age ranges including newborns, children, working adults, pregnant women, geriatrics, the unhealthy, and the terminally ill. You must be comfortable with touch. To provide touch you must also be comfortable with receiving touch. Touch is very healing and is an art form of which no two massage therapists are identical, no two patients will require the same form of massage treatment, nor will the same person require the same treatment from one treatment session to the next. So as a massage therapist you must be flexible, knowledgeable, caring and have compassion for other human beings because you are working on them, at a somewhat intimate level, where they may feel vulnerable. Therefore, you must treat them respectfully and provide privacy and confidentiality.
- Day Spas
- Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation Centers
- Doctors'/Chiropractors' offices
- Hospital/Hospice setting
- Cruise ships/Vacation resorts
- Massage Clinics
- Private Practice
Admission to the program
Admission to the massage therapy program is limited and is made on a first-come, first serve basis.
- Provide safe, competent, intentional, and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body to treat disorders as deemed in the Ohio Practice Act for Massage Therapy and to promote a more holistic, rounded approach to wellness.
- Demonstrate appropriate and effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication, which will reflect your sensitivity to your patient's individual and cultural differences.
- Perform data collection techniques including health history, observation, and palpation of soft tissues of the human body to provide a basis for soft tissue mobilization of the human body.
- Demonstrate personal and professional development, reflecting competencies and conduct expectations as outlined by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Ohio Medical Board's Code of Ethics.
Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
For more information or an application packet:
Brent DeWees, B.S., M.M., LMT
Coordinator, Massage Therapy
Health Sciences office: