If you enjoy helping people relax and working with your hands, taking massage therapy courses with Platt College could lead you into a new and exciting career. During your massage therapy training, you can learn techniques and skills such as:
- Swedish Massage
- Sports Massage
- Clinic administration
- Patient services
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career as a Massage Therapist.
Training to Become a Massage Therapist
Our Massage Therapy program can prepare you for an entry-level job as a massage therapist at spas, massage clinics, and chiropractic offices. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take in our massage therapy courses include:
- Introduction to Massage Therapy
- Applied Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology
- Spa Massage Therapies
- Sports Massage Therapies
- Assessment Procedures
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used in Massage Therapy and the field. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Massage tables, chairs, and mats
- Aromatherapy products such as candles, herbs and essential oils
- Music, books, and videos
- Charts and anatomical supplies like reflexology charts and skeletons
- Hot and cold therapy supplies such as cold packs and hot stones
- Massage tools like thumpers, massagers, and exercisers
Our Massage Therapy program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does a Massage Therapist Do?
Using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue of the body, a massage therapist uses the skills they have learned to help people find relief from pain, discomfort, stress, improve circulation, and increase relaxation. A massage therapist will use their hands, fingers, elbows, and sometimes, feet to massage their patient. The use of lotions, oils, heat lamps and other technology is often included in the massage session.
Massage therapy requires strong skills and technique. It is a physically demanding career so professionals must be properly trained to prevent injury. As a massage therapist, your typical duties can be broken into three categories: communication; Swedish massage; and other types of massage therapy.
- Talk with their client about their needs during the first visit and gather information about posture, fitness routines, stretching, pain points and more
- Record the client’s medical history prior to treatment
- Evaluate the patient and suggest a treatment plan
- Provide the client with guidance on stretching, strengthening, posture and overall relaxation techniques they can do at home
- Document the client’s condition and progress
In order to determine the client’s needs, the massage therapist should conduct a thorough evaluation during the first visit. This will help the massage therapist develop a suggested treatment plan that they can discuss and adjust with the client.
- Apply the Swedish massage technique in the specific order to help the client
- Communicate with the client during the massage to ensure they are comfortable
Swedish massage is a deep tissue massage that uses five main techniques to help relieve stress, reduce joint pain and stiffness, and help improve blood circulation. This type of massage is known to help clients with osteoarthritis. This is also the most common type of massage used on athletes.
Other Types of Massage Therapy
- After evaluation, use hydrotherapy massage to help stimulate the client’s blood flow through the use of water
- Perform deep tissue massage to relieve chronic muscle tension, reduce stress and heart rate, and boost mood and relaxation
- Focus on the satisfaction of the client during a spa massage while using music, aromatherapy products, high-end linens on the table and table warmers
- Work with an athlete during a sports massage to help alleviate pain in overused and stressed areas of the body
- Use Eastern massage techniques to help find the root cause of an issue and then focus on specific parts of the body to create healing effects throughout
During your massage therapy training at Platt College, you can learn the foundation you need to begin practicing as a massage therapist. You can then move on and specialize in different types of massage practices. Massages can be as short as 15 minutes or last more than an hour depending on your client’s needs.
Massage Therapist Professional Requirements
In order to practice as a massage therapist in the state of Oklahoma, you must apply for a Massage Therapy License. Prior to application, you will need:
- A complete application form
- A copy of the citizenship affidavit
- A copy of your birth certificate, driver’s license or other government-issued identification that verifies you are at least 18 years old
- A copy of your current liability insurance for practice as a massage therapist
- Your diploma and transcript showing that you have completed at least 500 hours of formal education in a massage therapy school
- A certified copy of your test scores showing that you completed and passed the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)
- A criminal history report from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation that is no more than 30 days prior to the date you submit your completed application to the board. For more information, visit https://www.ok.gov/cosmo/Massage_Therapy/index.html
- Current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Is Massage Therapy a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as a Massage Therapist is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You love working with and helping people
- You are a caring and empathic person who enjoys listening to others
- You like close contact with other people
- You are interested in your own health and wellness as well as that of others
- You could see yourself working in a spa, fitness center, hospital or private practice with a flexible schedule
If this sounds like you, then training in Massage Therapy is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Massage Therapists Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Massage Therapists currently earn a median salary of $41,420 per year or $19.92 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,340, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $78,280*. These wages can vary based on your position, your schedule and the number of appointments that are scheduled for you each week.
The Platt College Massage Therapy program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each Massage Therapy position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Massage Therapists Career Outlook
Massage Therapy is a fast-growing field, and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 26% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is much faster than average for all occupations.
As more healthcare providers begin to understand the benefits of massage, they will begin to recommend this form of treatment to their patients. Sports teams typically hire massage therapists to help keep their athletes in tip-top shape. Many older individuals, especially those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, can benefit from massage as it helps increase energy levels and reduces health problems.
Where Can Massage Therapists Work?
As a Massage Therapist, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. You can find employment in:
- Massage clinics
- Physician’s office and clinic
- Hospital and wellness center
- Nursing and assisted living homes
- Chiropractic offices
- On-site facilities, such as chair massages at airports and public events
- Health clubs and fitness centers
- Spas, salons, and resorts
- Cruise ships
- Sports teams and events
Oklahoma Massage Therapy Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Massage Therapy program? You can find classes at:
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Massage Therapy program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Massage Therapy program.
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at Platt College are available at http://www.plattcolleges.edu/content/program-disclosures.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm