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Therapeutic Massage


The Therapeautic Massage Program at Delta College in Covington offers students the chance to attend massage therapy school and get trained for a new, exciting career in a growing industry. Massage Therapy classes in Covington are very hands-on so that students get real experience with their craft.

Nature of Therapeutic Massage Work:

Many physicians have been recommending massage therapy for nearly 2,400 years. The medical benefits of “friction” were first documented in Western culture by Greek physician Hippocrates around 400 B.C. Today, massage therapy is being used as a means of treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting genera l health. This is accomplished by manipulating a client’s soft tissues in order to improve the body’s circulation and move waste product from the muscles.

While massage therapy is done for medical benefit, a massage can be given to simply relax or rejuvenate the person being massaged. It is important to note that this type of massage is not intended for a medical purpose and provides medical value only through general stress reduction and increased energy levels. Massage therapy, on the other hand, is practiced by thoroughly trained individuals who provide specialized care with their client’s medical health in mind.

Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques. Some use exaggerated strokes ranging the length of a body part, while others use quick, percussion-like strokes with a cupped or closed hand. A massage can be as long as two hours or as short as five or ten minutes. Usually, the type of massage therapists give depends on the client’s needs and the client’s physical condition. For example, they use special techniques for elderly clients that they would not use for athletes, and they would use approaches for clients with injuries that would not be appropriate for clients seeking relaxation. There are also some forms of massage that are given solely to one type of client (for example, prenatal massage and infant massage).

Delta College’s massage therapy school in Covington, LA, will arm students with information and experience so that they can perform their job responsibilities with confidence and accuracy.

Where Do Massage Therapists Work?

Massage therapists work in an array of settings both private and public: private offices, studios, hospitals, nursing homes, fitness centers, sports medicine facilities, airports, and shopping malls, for example. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to provide a massage. It is not uncommon for full-time massage therapists to divide their time among several different settings, depending on the clients and locations scheduled.

Massage Therapy Employment Conditions:

Massage therapists held about 97,000 jobs in 2004. About two-thirds were self-employed. Of those self-employed, most owned their own business, and the rest worked as independent contractors. Others found employment in salons and spas, the offices of physicians and chiropractors, fitness and recreational sports centers, and hotels. About three-quarters of all massage therapists worked part time or had variable schedules, although many massage therapists who work 15-30 hours per week consider themselves to be full-time workers.

Job Outlook:

Employment for massage therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the period from 2004 to 2014 as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy

Massage is an increasingly popular technique for relaxation and reduction of stress. As workplaces try to distinguish themselves as employee-friendly, providing professional in-office, seated massages for employees is becoming a popular on-the-job benefit.

Increased interest in alternative medicine and holistic healing will mean increased opportunities for those skilled in massage therapy. 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.


Median hourly earnings of massage therapists, including gratuities earned were $15.36 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.78 and $23.82. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.16, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $32.21. Generally, massage therapists earn 15 to 20 percent of their income as gratuities.

– Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2006-2007

Therapeautic Massage Classes – Delta College in Covington, LA

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Major Occupations For Which Graduates Will Be Qualified:

O*NET Code
Title of Occupation Title
31-9011  Massage Therapists

Massage Therapy School Costs:

Registration Fee: $ 100.
Tuition through Graduation: $ 12,600.
Books and Supplies: included*
Total Cost: $12,700.
*All required textbooks, workbooks, software, lab supplies, two sets of uniforms, etc. needed to complete the program are included with tuition. Incidentals such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. are not included and must be provided by the student. For more information of tuition policies and additional charges see the college catalog.