INA, Ill. (July 1, 2014) – Your career is in your hands. Grab hold of your education by learning more about Rend Lake College’s Therapeutic Massage program at an Open House event this summer.
The Open House is scheduled for 1 – 7 p.m.Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the new Therapeutic Massage Laboratory and Training Facility, located in the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Room 142, on the Ina campus.Anyone interested in the industry as a career or as a consumer is welcome to attend. There will be information provided on therapeutic massage as a career, the many types of massage therapy, and the educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Tours of the new lab and training facility will also take place in which visitors can get first-hand experience learning about the benefits of massage therapy in addition to learning about the equipment used with therapy, such as tables, massage chairs, and mats. The Therapeutic Massage program moved into the state-of-the-art facility at the Ina campus last fall to give students more class options and formats.
Mike Adamson, RLC Associate Professor of Therapeutic Massage, said the Open House will be a great way for potential students and patrons to get an insider’s look at the program.
“Therapeutic Massage as a profession is very old, yet very new and growing,” said Adamson. “Massage therapy is a blending of science and art. The science is using the knowledge of the human body in the healthy state as well as in the injured and diseased states, and knowledge of the various massage techniques and their appropriate use. The art is the application and integration of the various massage therapy modalities into a therapeutic and beneficial massage experience. Our Open House will show all the different sides to Therapeutic Massage for those who want to learn more in the classroom and also for those who want to come and enjoy our services.”
According to the BLS, the need for massage therapists will grow by 23 percent, much faster than the average for all other occupations, between now and 2022. There are currently 132,800 massage therapy jobs with an additional 30,000 job opportunities to be added across the country in coming years.
The Therapeutic Massage occupational certificate program is currently enrolling for the fall program. Areas of study include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, and business practices, as well as massage techniques for relaxation and addressing muscular-skeletal conditions with orthopedic and sports massage.
Upon completion, students are qualified to take the national certification exam. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including medical facilities, beauty salons, private practice and sports clinics.
For more information about the Open House or on the Therapeutic Massage program, call Mike Adamson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1253, or 618-231-1716.