Online Degrees in Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is an ancient healing art that combines massage, bodywork and somatics (body-mind integration) to manage stress, relieve pain, improve circulation, provide emotional relief and release toxins that accumulate in the body. Massage therapists use different motions and movements and varying degrees of pressure during a massage to achieve the desired result.
Most massage therapy is classified into four groups--Oriental, relaxation, rehabilitative and therapeutic--but there are more than 200 variations such as deep tissue, Shiatsu, acupressure, Swedish, reflexology among others. Massage therapists often specialize in a particular type of massage such as sports massage, rehabilitation massage and prenatal massage, or in a specific technique such as Reiki healing, Thai massage or myofascial release.
Those who are interested in massage therapy careers need to be physically fit as massage therapy is demanding on the body and can require long periods of standing. Therapists often suffer from repetitive motion injuries, particularly in their hands. Massage therapists also need excellent people skills. It's important to be able to immediately connect with clients in order to put them at ease in the initial massage session and to keep the client as a regular customer.
Online Degree Programs in Massage Therapy
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
- AS in Health Science - Physical Therapy Assistant (Military Only)
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.