Most massage therapists enter the profession because of their interest in helping others and in entering the healthcare field. You would improve the health and well-being of individuals by administering massage techniques for relaxation, to relieve aches and pains, and to help reduce stress. Massage therapists may work in a variety of settings and may receive physician referrals to complement traditional medical treatment for illness, injury, and pain.
Massage therapists generally work one-on-one with clients in a quiet setting. They may see as few as one or two clients a day in private practice to as many as 10 or more in a health club or spa. Sessions may range from 15 minutes to two hours in length, depending on the purpose of the massage. Massage therapists may work in a variety of settings, including medical and chiropractic offices or clinics, hospitals or wellness centers, health clubs, fitness centers, spas, resorts, and beauty salons.
Earnings vary with work situation, size of clientele, and experience. In Illinois the Median annual wage is $33, 978. Self-employed therapists charge $25-$50 per hour. More than two-thirds of all massage therapists are self-employed. Some work as contract employees for health practictioners or fitness clubs and earn 40-80% of the massage fees charges. Many work on a part-time basis.
Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 37
Select a course number below to see a course description.
|BIOL 140||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *||4|
|FCS 110||BASIC NUTRITION ***||2|
|HLTH 120||FIRST AID ***||2|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ***||3|
|TM 110||INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY AND BODYWORK *||1|
|TM 111||FUNDAMENTAL MASSAGE TECHNIQUES ||2|
|TM 112||APPLIED ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER ||3|
|TM 113||PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR THE BODYWORKER ||2.5|
|TM 114||PATHOLOGY, DOCUMENTATION, AND TERMINOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER ||2.5|
|TM 115||CONCEPTS OF HOLISTIC HEALTH ||2|
|TM 120||PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS ||1|
|TM 121||ADDRESSING THE MUSCLE ||3.5|
|TM 123||MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES, VARIATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS ||3|
|TM 125||APPLIED KINESIOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER ||3|
|TM 127||THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CLINICAL **||2.5|
* Pre-requisite for admission to the Massage Therapy Program
** Extended course that continues through the end of semester break ending mid-summer semester.
*** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program
Students enrolled in this program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements.
|Summer Semester||BIOL 140 (prerequisite); TM 110 (prerequisite); HLTH 120; FCS 110; PSY 110|
|Fall Semester 1||Fall Semester: TM 111; TM 112; TM 113; TM 114; TM 115|
|Spring Semester 1||Spring Semester: TM 120 (eight weeks); TM 121; TM 123; TM 125; TM 127(sixteen week course beginning second eight weeks)|
Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
A massage therapist must possess capabilities and abilities, including: communication, motor, sensory, problem solving, behavioral skills and professionalism, which are necessary to provide competent, evidence-based care. Reasonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities, in certain areas, but a massage therapist must be able to perform in all areas, in an independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable, as a massage therapist’s judgment cannot be mediated by someone else’s observation and action. The following capabilities and abilities are necessary to meet curriculum requirements and to perform the responsibilities of a massage therapist: