Massage Therapy

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The Massage Therapy Certificate Program at River Valley Community College is being offered at our Keene and Lebanon Academic Centers. The program 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:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Nursing Homes
  • Fitness Centers/Spas
  • Cruise Ships

Mission Statement
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 lives and be engaged local and global citizens. 

Program Outcomes
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 an United States Department of Labor estimate, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase by 26% between 2016 and 2026, much 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 $39,860.

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!

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"River Valley has helped me prepare for my future. The Massage program at River Valley, has enriched my life tremendously. I know I have made friends and colleagues for life! RVCC has educated me to become a prepared and well rounded Massage Therapist. I feel the program has helped me explore the many options in the rapidly expanding area of Massage Therapy, and find my own starting place! Thank-you to all!" 
Nancy Rizner

"I recently completed the Massage Therapy Program at RVCC.  My experiences in the program have been great.  All of the faculty are very knowledgeable and have a passion for teaching the massage curriculum.  Upon completion of this program each student will have the confidence in their knowledge base, to begin a very successful career within the massage therapy field."

Derek J. Snelling, LMT

"The Massage Program here at RVCC is is excellent!  The well-rounded and creative classes inspire and teach skills that transforms the student to professional within a strong support system that includes teachers and students."

Barbara Kelly

"The River Valley Community College Massage program has allowed me to make a significant, much needed career change in just one year. Even before I graduated, I had four job offers; the program gave me real world experience working with clients and the academic background needed to pass the National Licensing exam.  I love my new career, I go to work smiling every day, and can’t thank the program director, the teachers and staff enough.  Getting my certificate in Massage Therapy was one of the best decisions I have ever made."

Bill Blaiklock 

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