AAS Massage Therapy
Massage Therapists treat clients using a variety of techniques to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body for pain management, to heal injuries or improve circulation, and for relaxation and general wellness. Massage therapy services are being used by an ever-widening range of customers, including physical therapist, athletes, and spa or resort personnel. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, projects the employment of massage therapist to grow 22 percent for 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The 2019 annual average wage of massage therapists in Arkansas was $41,720. This continued growth will lead to new opportunities for massage therapists.
As a massage therapist you can work in an array of settings including spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ office, hotels, and fitness centers. You will also have the flexible options of working from home or traveling to clients’ homes/offices or even working for resorts or cruise ships traveling the world.
- Industry experienced instructors
- Hands on experience
- Exotic job location possibilities
- Technical Certificates
Is a Massage Therapy program for me?
A career as a massage therapist could be just right for you.
- Do you like flexible work hours?
- Do you have a desire to travel?
- Do you enjoy a hands on work environment?
Why a Massage Therapy program?
One of the best things about becoming a massage therapist is the flexibility you have in opportunities for a workplace and for setting your own schedule. Students receive hands on experience of the ins and outs of running a business and offering services to the public. At the end of the course, students receive intense instruction to aid in passing the state board licensure
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
- Communicate clearly and effectively in a professional manner with clients, members of the healthcare team, and others.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to assess clients by employing a working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology in order to create a client-centered session plan.
- Provide care for diverse populations of clientele and demonstrate a personal commitment to service and the profession of massage therapy.
- Maintain an appropriate scope of practice through compliance with state regulations and pursue continuing education for licensure requirements.
- Integrate into their practice an understanding of the basic business, ethical, legal, and social issues and boundaries related to the massage profession.
- Utilize universal precautions and maintain a high level of sanitization of equipment and the facility.
- Utilize a variety of soft tissue modalities to aid in the health and healing of one’s body and recognize how those modalities and massage skills combine to create different effects to meet the goals of clientele.
- Use safe, efficient and effective body mechanics for injury prevention of the therapist and client as well as utilize, demonstrate and instruct the client in self-care techniques.
- Utilize the internet in preparation for national testing, maintaining an evidence-based practice through research and literacy and learning and applying software skills to schedule clients and keep SOAP notes and client records safe.