More and more people are choosing a career in massage therapy as a way to help people in a meaningful way. Becoming a massage therapist incorporates the art of healing touch with the science of the physical body. Some of the best practitioners are able to find an almost magical balance between academic and technical knowledge and skills with sensitivity and awareness to the needs of their client. It becomes important to find a massage therapist program that can provide this type of well rounded curriculum.
Massage Therapist Program
Denver Integrative Massage School offers a 600 hour certified massage therapy program that integrates Western bodywork techniques with Thai Yoga Massage techniques. It is one of the very few massage schools that offers 100 hours of in-class application of Thai Yoga Massage. This 5 month certificate program includes 300 hours of in-class training, 150 hours of Theory (distance or correspondence hours) and 150 hours of Practicum/Mentorship.
Massage Therapist Curriculum
The curriculum is made up of 12 courses that make use of case studies in a Constructivism Problem Based Learning Module. Through the use of case studies, students are able to quickly apply their new knowledge and understanding to real world situations. These courses are designed to provide the most cohesive curriculum and are taught by the school’s knowledgeable staff. These courses are:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Kinesiology & Pathology
- Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Assessment
- Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Application
- Thai Yoga Massage: Level 1& 2 (Asian Energy Bodywork)
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
- Client Self-Care, Exercises & Stretches
- Prenatal Thai Massage
- Aromatherapy & Analgesics
- Business and Ethics
- CPR/First Aid
- Practicum/Mentorship – these hours are completed either in the school’s Massage Clinic or with a Licensed Massage Therapist
State Licensing Requirements
In 2008 a law was passed in Colorado to require that all massage therapists practicing in the state be licensed. From 2009 on all massage therapists in Colorado must be licenses. Upon completion of this program, the student will have gained enough knowledge to take and pass the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing exam (MBLEx) – the assessments required by the State of Colorado to become licensed. Once you passed your exam you will then be able to apply for the State Massage Therapy Registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Graduates will find that they are highly qualified to obtain jobs at spas, wellness centers, physical therapy clinics, other healthcare facilities or in starting their own private practice.