The Massage Therapy Certificate Program at River Valley Community College prepares the student for licensure in New Hampshire as well as most other states, and prepares them to be a professional therapist in their own business or as an employee in one of the following:
To develop and advance the art, science and practice of therapeutic massage while instilling academic integrity in a caring, professional and ethical manner. Students enrolled in the program will be prepared to become lifelong learners seeking to balance professional expertise and personal growth. Graduates will enter the community and work force as trained professionals striving to meet the needs of a diverse society. As licensed massage therapists, our graduates will touch the lives and be engaged local and global citizens.
A successful massage therapist must have a working knowledge of applied kinesiology and anatomy and physiology and an ability to evaluate a client to determine how massage can be beneficial and/or contraindicated. The individual will possess the maturity needed to work in a health care profession which includes the ability to nurture with respect to boundaries, a sensitive nature and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The individual must be passionate about Massage Therapy and have an entrepreneurial spirit. The individual must be able to identify the skills needed to build a client base and maintain it and/or find gainful employment. A successful massage therapist must have physical fitness and exemplify body mechanics that maintain the health of his or her body for longevity of practice.
To be successful in the field of Massage Therapy, graduates must integrate science, creativity, academics and art with strong interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial skills, sensitivity and compassion. The growing profession of Massage Therapy provides a broad spectrum of employment opportunities.
According to a 2010 United States Department of Labor estimate, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase by 19% between 2008 and 2018, faster than average for all occupations.
According to an American Massage Therapy Association Study, between July 2009 and July 2010, 48 MILLION adults received a massage at least once.
In addition it was reported that the average annual income for a massage therapist in 2010 (including tips and a 15 hour work week) was $31,980.
If you are searching for independence, a way to help people, and a better quality of life, the profession of Massage Therapy is for you!