opportunities exist for massage therapists?
The possibilities for practicing massage are limited only by your imagination.
As a massage therapist, you may work in chiropractic offices, physical therapy
clinics, health spas or beauty salons. To minimize overhead, you may prefer to
work out of your home, do house calls with a portable massage table, or on-site
massage at businesses with a massage chair. You may choose to work part time,
using your practice to supplement income from a full time job, or to help
yourself through college. It also is possible to open your own office.
need to have strong hands to be a massage therapist?
No. Proper body mechanics are emphasized so that you will be using your
body weight more than your hand strength. The body mechanics you learn will be
helpful in many other activities. You will be able to work without tiring
Most states require formal training and successful completion of a
post-graduation certification examination for entry into the field. Since
January 2005, all massage therapists in Illinois are required to be licensed.
Moraine Valley's Massage Therapy Program exceeds the licensing requirements and
will prepare graduates for the exam.
How much is the tuition for the massage therapy program?
See Moraine Valley's current tuition rate, plus fee and books.
Out of District (2)
Required Books (3)
All prices are approximate
Swedish massage -$20 +
Twin sheets - $20 +
Therapeutic oil - $15 +
Professional massage - $50
Scrub top - $15
Background check - $30
Massage table -
starting at $250
Student insurance -
$65 (ABMP)or $110 (AMTA)
Modality experience -
Starting at $50
Office supplies -
Additional supplies are
approximately $ 540
In-district tuition: $108 + $2 activity fee + $7 technology fee + $8
construction/Infrastructure fee = $121/credit hour
(2) Out of district tuition: $258 + $2 activity fee + $7 technology fee + $8
construction/Infrastructure fee = $275credit hour
The student ID is $3 a semester. Four semester minimum, $12
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
(3) Please consult link to the bookstore for exact section costs;
Optional books are not included.
Do you have a student clinic?
Yes, our students gain valuable experience working on clients right here at the
college under the supervision of a faculty member. To make an appointment,
please phone 708-608-4460. The days and hours of the student clinic are updated
and announced on the answering machine. The fee is $20 for a 50-minute massage.
You may pay by check or cash (no credit cards, please!) on the day of your
large are the classes?
The Moraine Valley Massage Therapy Program complies with the Massage
Licensing Act, Sec. 1284.20-8. "The ratio of students to faculty in the
lab/clinical/community area shall not exceed 20 students to 1 instructor with no
more than 10 student therapists and 10 serving as clients." "
is the difference between clock hours and credit hours?
The Moraine Valley catalog (p. 156) describes how to interpret the course
descriptions included in the catalog. Each course has credit hours and contact
hours listed. Credit hours are how your tuition is determined. Contact hours
determine how much instructional time is spent in the classroom. One contact
hour is based on a 50 minute hour so every contact hour listed in the catalog
equals 800 minutes of instruction.
How long is your
Massage Therapy Program?
It depends on the student. If a student enters our program with all their
prerequisites, it would be possible to finish in three semesters.
What is it like working in the field?
Riding a general trend toward preventive health care and stress
reduction, massage therapy has become one of the country's fastest-growing
occupations. In fact, massage therapists work in a variety of settings,
including chiropractic offices to health clubs and luxury spas, to corporations
and stand-alone private offices. Many massage therapists work in conjunction
with doctors and other health care professionals in hospitals and clinical
settings to help the ill and injured recuperate. Others work in airports, malls,
and cruise ships. Massage therapists also work with professional athletes, with
the disabled, or even with animals. The possibilities are endless!
massage treatments are not covered under most health care plans, a growing
number of health maintenance organizations are beginning to cover such services
as the benefits of massage in managing conditions such as lower back pain,
bursitis and arthritis have become clearer. Research has proven that massage
therapy can be an effective treatment for easing migraines, carpal tunnel
syndrome, reducing anxiety, and alleviating the side effects of cancer
treatments. To help regulate this boom in the massage world, at least 38 states
and the District of Columbia now regulate and license massage therapists who
demonstrate competency by challenging a national certification exam.
occupation requires a complex set of skills-among them, superior technical
skills, a soothing and reassuring manner with clients, and the ability to adhere
to a high standard of confidentiality and professional ethics. Massage
therapists must have a lot of business sense, since those who are self-employed
must attract and maintain a client base. In addition, massage therapy is
strenuous, requiring long hours of standing as well as the physical strength to
perform one massage after another. If they aren't careful, it can be all too
easy for massage therapists themselves to become injured and in need of a
Specific tasks include:
Performing various types of massage techniques such as petrissage,
effleurage, tapotement, compression, vibration or friction to
the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body
Applying oils, lotions, powders or other lubricants to clients' bodies to
aid in various massage techniques
Applying non-forceful passive or active movement to affect the energetic
systems of the body and movement re-education
Finding new clients
What are some areas of massage specialization?
A massage therapist may specialize in a certain type of massage or in treating
certain types of problems. In general, the profession seems to break down into
two broad categories: "medical" massages which include sports, orthopedic,
isolated stretching and neuromuscular massages and "energy" massages, which
include techniques such as Reiki, therapeutic touch and polarity.
American Massage Therapy Association Fact Sheet reports that massage therapists
provide the following types of massages and the frequency of each:
84% of massage therapists provide Swedish massage
77% of massage therapists provide deep tissue massage
49% of massage therapists provide trigger point massage
45% of massage therapists provide sports massage
therapists receive advanced training to work with special population groups,
including, pregnant women, geriatric, chronically ill, trauma survivors, and
How does one
advance their career in the field of massage therapy?
The first step in advancing in the field is to obtain state licensure. Illinois
requires massage graduates to successfully challenge the National Certification
Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the National Certification Examination
or Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX ). Illinois law requires 24 hours of
continuing education every 2 years.
Moraine Valley offer continuing education for massage therapists?
Yes! Continuing education is offered through the college's Workforce
Development Subdivision. For current programming information, contact Aurora
Zwick, Coordinator, Business Solutions, at (708) 974-5741 or
essential functions are needed for massage therapy?
dexterity and coordination
Physical strength and stamina
to work standing for at least 2 hours at a time
well with clients
Listening carefully to what someone else is saying
Interacting appropriately with clients, peers, instructors, and physicians
reassuring and professional manner
Where do massage therapists work?
Massage therapists have traditionally been self-employed, but they are
increasingly finding employment in spas, athletic clubs, medical clinics,
chiropractor's offices, resorts, and cruise ships. Even many beauty salons are
now hiring massage therapists to work in "day spas." However, those who work for
someone else often maintain their own businesses on a part-time basis.
is the job outlook?
An increasing concern for total health and
wellness coupled with an expanding public interest in alternative therapies has
spurred significant growth in the field of massage therapy. Contributing to this
growth is the fact that many insurance companies are integrating massage therapy
into their coverage. Nonetheless, this career is now becoming very competitive,
because so many people are interested in becoming massage therapists. People
entering the field now need very good massage skills and techniques as well as
superior business and marketing skills in order to develop clientele and a
are the consumers of massage therapy?
Please refer to the
2012 Massage Therapy Consumer Survey Fact Sheet for a complete description.
I need to complete a criminal background check for this program?
Yes, in order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical
affiliation agreements, students will be asked to complete a criminal background
check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through
the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's
Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, please
contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. A
satisfactorily completed criminal background check is due the first week of
classes when a student is enrolled in MAS-110.