St. Louis Massage Therapy Training & Certification Program
Today's high-stress lifestyles motivate millions of people to seek out the most effective forms of stress management and overall wellness. Massage is leading the way in providing stress reduction and relaxation to people around the world. The massage therapy school at Midwest Institute can train you to take advantage of this exciting trend as it is increasingly recognized as a therapeutic practice.
Why Massage Therapy
Massage therapy provides an opportunity to express very positive values about caring and well-being in a way that is both personally and professionally rewarding. Massage therapists create an environment intended to make clients feel relaxed. People in this profession also have flexibility in terms of work hours, independence and a vast selection of practice locations.
The demand for qualified Massage Therapists has grown tremendously in recent years and this career opportunity is predicted to continue to see exponential growth in the coming decade. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports - the employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2014, much faster than average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new job openings for massage therapists in St. Louis, Missouri, and across the country.
Your Career as a Massage Therapist
With such a positive impact on those receiving care, obtaining a career as a massage therapist can be very rewarding. After completing Midwest Institute’s massage therapy school, you will have a chance to make a difference in people’s lives while loving what you do. The skills you learn at Midwest Institute can help lead to a satisfying career in many different settings, including but not limited to:
- Private Practice / Self-Employment
- Massage Therapy Clinics
- Physician Offices
- Nursing Homes / Hospice
- Athletic Recovery Programs
- Sports Medicine Facilities
- Athletic Franchises
- Health Clubs
- Fitness Centers
- Hotels / Resorts
- Cruise Ships
Duties of a Massage Therapist
Massage Therapists treat clients through the utilization of touch to manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Therapists use this touch to relieve pain, help accelerate the healing of injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress and aid in the client's’ general wellness.
As Massage Therapy has become accepted as a medical practice. Midwest Institute’s massage therapy program prepares students to perform the following tasks on the job:
- Recording and evaluating client history
- Conducting a physical assessment of the client
- Select the appropriate technique(s) for treatment
- Select/Blend appropriate essential oils for therapeutic massage
- Successful performance of therapeutic massage
Medical Massage Therapy Certification
Accredited massage therapy training is offered at our facilities located on our North campus in Earth City. All students in the massage therapy training program are prepared for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) / National Certification Exam. Students must pass either the MBLEX or the National Certification exam within 1 year of graduation before getting their Professional license to be a massage therapist (LMT) and work in the field. The massage therapy certification exams are mandatory and administered to qualify therapists for higher than entry-level positions.
Midwest Institute’s Massage Therapy program is an Associate’s Degree program which combines 32 weeks of massage therapy training with medical assisting courses. Graduates will be equipped to function as a Licensed Massage Therapist and a skilled Medical Assistant. By joining these two career paths, graduates will be able to choose from many career avenues.
The Best Massage Therapy School in St. Louis
Having certification in today's job market makes a person more valuable and displays the dedication to expand your skills and knowledge. If you have any questions, contact us, and one of our knowledgeable admissions counselors will provide answers and additional information about our massage therapy programs.