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August is a great time to enroll...

Posted Aug 23 2008 11:16pm

August is a great time to enroll in Acupuncture & Massage College’s Massage Therapy program. Students seeking a rigorous professional natural care education will find quality and excellence in August is a great time to enroll in Acupuncture & Massage College’s Massage Therapy program. Students seeking a rigorous professional natural care education will find quality and excellence in AMC’s Massage Therapy program.

AMC’s Massage Therapy diploma program offers a comprehensive curriculum of massage techniques. The program is designed for students seeking a career in the field of bodywork as well as practitioners who want to offer additional modalities to their patients.

The Massage Therapy program’s specialization in Japanese Shiatsu enables students to develop experience working with a range of techniques within Asian systems of medicine. Students complete courses in Shiatsu, Swedish and Medical massage and the biosciences. The program enrolls applicants on a monthly basis.

The number of individuals receiving massages has more than doubled in the last decade and the profession has consistently been one of the fastest growing in the country in recent years. More than 39 million Americans received a massage in the last year, according to an annual survey commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). More than half (53 percent) who discussed massage with their healthcare providers say their doctor recommended they get massage therapy.

Massage therapists work in an array of settings including: private offices, hospitals, fitness centers, nursing homes, sports medicine facilities, airports, spas, physicians’ offices, cruise ships, clinics, and wellness centers. Self-employed massage therapists consist of the largest group in this career field. According to Salary.com, the median salary for a massage therapist is $49, 865, with a scale range from approximately $41,000 to $58,000.

Health care providers and medical insurance companies are beginning to recognize massage therapy as a legitimate treatment and preventative measure for several types of injuries and illnesses. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapy employment is expected to grow faster than average over the 2006-16 period as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy.

AMC’s Massage Therapy program is a 720-hour, 8 _-month program which includes 164 hours of hands-on supervised clinical practice. In the program, students learn energy work as well as structural bodywork modalities, Eastern as well as Western theory and technique and how to treat specific pain and dysfunction as well as promote health and healing. The program exceeds standards set by national certification, and by most state and municipal governments for licensing.

For over twenty-five years, Acupuncture & Massage College has propagated and developed the practice of massage therapy in the South Florida area, training and certifying many of the local massage therapists in practice today.

For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Stop Smoking and PTSD acupuncture study programs, which are currently registering participants, ask for Dr. Richard Browne, Acupuncture Physician

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