Lay your hands on an exciting new career. Become a certified massage therapist in as little as one year with Rend Lake College's Therapeutic Massage program.
Associate Professor Mike Adamson is now taking enrollment applications for the program, which results in an occupational certificate in Therapeutic Massage. Classes begin August 15 at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. Limited seats are available so those interested are encouraged to register early.
The Therapeutic Massage program prepares individuals for careers in massage and bodywork. Practitioners use their hands to apply various scientific principles to the muscles and soft tissue. Therapeutic Massage is used to facilitate relaxation, health improvement and pain relief. The program provides education in the human body, clinical experience, and business, professional and personal development. Swedish Massage techniques are used as the foundation of practice. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including medical facilities, beauty salons, private practice and sports clinics.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for massage therapists are expected to grow faster than average as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy. In 2008, more than half of all massage therapists were self-employed.
An Illinois State Police background check is required. Upon successful completion, students are qualified to take the national certification exam. The program consists of 29 credit hours, and classes are held at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.