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At Lakeland Community College, the massage therapy/massotherapy certificate and degree programs provide the study of anatomy, physiology, theory and practice of massage therapy, ethics, infection control, communication, and business practice as well as clinical experience. An accredited massage therapy school, Lakeland is committed to student success. Both the certificate and degree programs prepare students to sit for the Ohio State Medical Board exam, which leads to licensure as a Massage Therapist in Ohio.
Massage Therapy/massotherapy is a healing art as well as a science, which involves the knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the hands-on treatment of muscles and soft tissues. It may also apply adjunctive therapies to positively affect the health and well-being of the client. Massage Therapists require a balance of academic and technical knowledge, clinical skills, sensitivity, and awareness.
Essential skills needed for the career include: manual dexterity, physical strength and stamina, working well with clients, listening, problem-solving, organizing time and tasks, business sense, ethical behavior, maintaining confidentiality, networking, and attracting clients. Massage Therapists must also demonstrate compassion and concern for the client and a desire to improve the client’s health status. Massage Therapists rely on repeat customers for job security and financial success, as many are self-employed or have independent contractor status and may be responsible for attracting and retaining their own clients.
Massage Therapists practice in a variety of settings, such as private offices or massage clinics, chiropractor’s or doctor’s offices, holistic health clinics, health clubs and fitness centers, spas and salons, nursing homes and hospitals, sports medicine facilities and with sports teams, corporations, and clients’ homes.