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The Massage Therapy program consists of a combination of lecture, labs and clinical practice. You will begin the Massage Therapy program by learning about:
  • The history of massage
  • The basics of medical ethics and standards
  • Eastern and Western massage styles and techniques
  • Human anatomy and physiology as it relates to massage
After setting up the framework for massage therapy, you will have the chance to apply the theories discussed in class on faculty, sports teams and geriatric patients. Practice is performed in a state-of-the-art clinic featuring:
  • Ultrasound
  • Paraffin baths
  • Electric stimulation
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Hydraulic massage tables
  • Hydraulic massage chairs
Massage Therapy classes and hands-on clinical instruction are all taught at Broward College’s North Campus in Coconut Creek.

 

See the full Massage Therapy program.

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Licensed Massage Therapists are health care professionals licensed by the state of Florida to administer massage for compensation to patients or clients directly, or by a physician’s prescription. An integral part of the national interest in wellness and alternative medicine, massage therapy is one of the most rapidly growing health care professions in the country. 
The massage therapist skillfully applies therapeutic and/or relaxing techniques and modalities to alleviate symptoms, which requires knowledge of the individual’s condition.
A general assessment is made of the patient or client’s condition by an interview, palpation (touching), observation and consultation with other health care providers. Assessment is needed to determine treatment goals, contraindications and the need for referral to other health care professionals. Therapists can give an estimated duration of treatment or opinion regarding the client’s progress.
Massage therapists use a wide array of therapeutic treatment options, such as:
  • Light
  • Baths
  • Sound
  • Showers
  • Douches
  • Ultrasound
  • Water packs
  • Essential oils 
  • Iontophoresis
  • Electrical stimulation
Certificate holders who have been licensed by the state of Florida to practice massage therapy can find employment in a variety of settings. Some of our graduates have gone on to work in:
  • Hospitals
  • Private spas
  • Fitness centers
  • Chiropractic clinics
  • Sports medicine clinics
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Due to the full-time eight month commitment required of the Massage Therapy program, you may want to make sure that this program is the right path for you.

The most successful massage therapists display characteristics like:

  • Genuine concern for the welfare of others
  • Passion for alternative healing and medicine
  • Excellent communication skills in a variety of settings
  • Willingness to continue their education by learning new techniques

 

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The Massage Therapy program was designed to help you pass the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) exam. Once you pass, you will be certified by the NCBTMB and may apply for Florida licensure.
 
Cost of Exam: $195
 
Cost of Florida license: $205
 
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The primary instructor for Broward College’s Massage Therapy students is Sandra Stone, a licensed massage practitioner with 15 years of experience as an independent massage therapist and 10 years of experience as an instructor. She is trained in aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki, Table Shiatsu, sports massage, pregnancy massage and chakra balancing, in addition to even more massage techniques.
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Massage Therapy courses are only available once a year, and equate to 25 credits or 750 hours (eight semesters). 
 
A few of the massage techniques you will learn in your courses include:
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Classical Swedish style
  • Reflexology (massage for hands and feet)
 
Towards the end of the program, you will also learn the business side of massage therapy, such as:
  • Billing insurance companies
  • Calculating fees for your services
  • Best practices for accurate record-keeping
  • How to start and market your own massage practice
     
Some of the courses may require you to practice massage for community service.
 
 
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As licensed Massage Therapists, graduates of Broward College's program pursue fulfilling careers in a variety of areas, including:

  • Gyms
  • Hospitals
  • Country clubs
  • Private practice
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Acupuncture offices
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Retirement residences
  • Health spas and resorts

Wherever you choose to practice your profession, our comprehensive program will give you a range of qualifications, expertise and hands-on skills to quickly build an excellent reputation and successful career.
 
Job Outlook
 
Massage therapy provides a much-needed health care service to people from all walks of life in today’s high-stress culture.  An integral part of the national interest in wellness and alternative medicine, massage therapy is the most rapidly growing health care profession in the country.  A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that massage therapists are delivering more than 100 million massage sessions annually.
 
Over the past decade massage therapy has achieved an unprecedented level of public awareness through extensive coverage in the national media, inclusion in world-class sporting events, acceptance by leading athletes and performing artists, and from growing recognition in the medical community.  As massage therapy and other complementary health care professions move rapidly towards inclusion in the more traditional allopathic health care community, therapists can contribute to patient care in medical settings working  in conjunction with other health care professionals such as MDs, PAs, physical/occupational therapists, chiropractors, nurses, and midwives.
 
  • Therapists can expect to earn between $15 and $75 an hour depending on the work setting
  • Average job salary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was $40,000 as of August 4, 2010 (indeed.com job search survey)
  • An increasing number of massage therapists are maintaining independent practices in professional offices, or as an on-site therapist in the work place
  • Therapists can work full- or part-time as employees or sub-contractors; use massage to enhance an existing professional practice or to gain valuable skills for helping family and friends

Profession

The physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with anatripsis (massage).”
~Hippocrates Aphorisms 400B.C.E.
 
Massage as a profession is both a science and an art. To use touch as therapy, there must be science to verify its efficacy. To use touch therapy, the therapist must trust their intuition (the ability to bring subconscious information into conscious awareness). It is important to maintain the art (craft, skill, technique, and talent) of massage by recognizing the validity of intuitional expression. The scientific art of therapeutic massage depends on the development of a concept or idea, the testing of the idea through research, and the use of skill and talent in applying the craft through its various techniques. These attributes make massage unique in today’s health care system.
 
The massage profession has these characteristics:
 
1. A specialized body of knowledgeMassage is the oldest form of treatment in the world. Massage methods are grounded in historical foundations and current research validates this body of knowledge. You could devote a lifetime to study all the many aspects of massage.
 
2. Extensive trainingCurrent standards in Florida are 500 and 750 contact hours. Judging from data collected from actual job duties and current trends, 1000 contact hours is more appropriate for supporting professional development.
 
3. An orientation toward serviceThe dictionary definition of service that best applies is “to meet a need”. It is the motivating factor to become a massage therapist, and this desire to meet a need is felt in a massage professional’s touch.
 
4. A commonly accepted code of ethicsGenerally expressed by our laws and scope of practice. Florida State Statutes Chapter 480, Florida Administrative Code Chapter 64B-7.
 
5. Legal recognition through certification or licensure by a professional associationNational Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTM), and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). Licensure is through the Florida Board of Massage Therapy under the Department of Health.
 
6. A professional associationAmerican Massage Therapist Association, Florida State Massage Therapy Association, International Massage Association, American Professional Massage and Bodywork Association, and others.
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Sandra Stone: Massage Therapy Program Manager, Instructor
 
Vocational Certificate in Massage Therapy, Academy of Healing Arts
     Florida License Massage Therapy #MA16663
 
Vocational Certificate in Esthetics, South Technical Educational Center
     Florida License Esthetics #FB0713103
 
B.S., Occupational Therapy, Barry University
A.A., Pre-Occupational Therapy, Palm Beach Community College
A.A., Business Administration, Palm Beach Community College
A.S., Legal Assisting, Palm Beach Community College
 
I have been a massage instructor for 15 years in South Florida.  I have extensive experience working in the massage field for over 15 years independently and in different settings: rehabilitation clinics with athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and exercise physiologists; also in day spas, destination/resort spas, and private clinics.  I am trained in  Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Esthetics, Reiki, Table Shiatsu, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Abhyanga (Ayurveda) Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder), Touch for Health (Applied Kinesiology), Myotherapy (Trigger Points), Cranial Sacral Therapy, Chakra Balancing, Spa Services, Hydrotherapy, Ultrasound, Electric Stimulation, Muscle Re-education, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, CPR, First Aid, and Colonics.
 
My mission is to prepare competent and ethical massage therapists who are dedicated to lifelong learning.
 
Sandra Stone, BS, MA16663     
sstone@broward.edu     
954-201-2074 office       
954-201-2348 fax
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As a student in our Massage Therapy Program, and later as a professional working the field, you will encounter a number of tasks, skills and personal qualities vital to success.  If you are "cut out for the job," you must have:
  • Tactile ability sufficient for assessment of data such as pulse, temperature, texture, size, shape, muscle tone and other palpation data
  • Perform medium work (defined as lifting 60-pound maximum with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 30 pounds)  
  • Use good body mechanics to move about specially designed tables or chairs
  • Exhibit gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to move from room to room, to maneuver around massage tables or equipment, to provide safe and effective care including the ability to assist with positioning of patients/clients
  • Ability to perform therapeutic interventions and safely utilize equipment that requires sensory awareness, ability to perform palpation, possess fine motor coordination to perform proper massage techniques
  • Use interpersonal skills to professionally and sensitively interact with others verbally, non-verbally, and in writing
  • Ability to express self verbally in a language that will be understood by a majority of patients/clients
  • Ability to explain interventions, provide patient/client education, and assess/relate patient/client response to interventions
  • Possess sufficient interpersonal skills to establish meaningful and effective rapport with patients/clients, families, and colleagues from a variety of different social, emotional, economic, cultural, ethnic, religious, and intellectual backgrounds as well as within all age groups
  • Respect patient/family confidentiality
  • Ability to identify cause-effect relationship in order to make judgments and set priorities in client/therapist situations
  • Recognize physiological changes in patient/clients status and act appropriately
  • Must be able to function during stressful situations
  • Ability to instill confidence in patient/clients ​
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Practice is performed in our state-of-the-art clinic on the North Campus in Coconut Creek, Florida, which has hydraulic massage tables, massage chairs, and the best in spa products and equipment. We also have a rehabilitation clinic we share with the Physical Therapist Assistant program which is equipped with all the exercise and therapeutic equipment needed to develop skills in a medical setting such as electric stimulation, ultrasound, hot/cold therapy, and paraffin baths. We invite our faculty to our clinic, several sports teams, geriatric clients, and other special populations allowing our students the widest possible experience.
 
Our clinic is an integral part of our student's experience as they refine the skills they are learning. It is our mission as a school to bring the therapeutic benefits of massage to our community. We participate in many charitable events both locally and outside the community volunteering our services with both chair and table massage. Students gain valuable experience working in different venues and develop confidence as they become more flexible in their interactions with clients. They also learn the value of giving back to their community by sharing the gift of massage.
 
Students will have an opportunity to work on members of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association in our clinic. This unique experience will allow expert feedback as to each student's performance from practicing professionals in the community.
 
Students may also invite their friends and family members to the clinic to benefit directly from each student's transformation into a competent and accomplished professional practitioner.
 
Our clinic has always been dedicated to providing treatment with respect for client confidentiality. Protecting the public's privacy is fundamental in the course of our clinical practice. As required by law, we will maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all our health care records.
 
Our clinic is a teaching clinic, so the experience may be somewhat different than in private situations. Patient feedback and supervisor observations are important aspects of the clinic. Therefore, clients are expected to complete medical history forms, evaluation forms, and sign releases stating they are aware their service is provided by students. Clients and students should expect supervisor observation during some part of their session.
 
Practicing, observing, and receiving are the three ways our students develop their natural talents in the therapeutic art of massage therapy. One of the best things about being a student in our clinic is you not only provide services, you also receive them! Students are encouraged to work with each other throughout the length of their training.

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Study Sites for State Board Exam                                                          
www.massagenerd.com
www.futurelmt.com
         
www.massageresource.com
         
 
Massage Therapy Resources 
 
Florida Massage Therapy Board
850-245-4161
 
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
1-913-681-0389
www.fsmtb.org
 
National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
1-800-296-0664
www.ncbtmb.org
 
Massage Today Newsletter
1-714-230-3150
www.massagetoday.com
 
American Massage Therapy Association
1-847-864-0123
www.amtamassage.org
 
Florida State Massage Therapy Association
1-407-628-2772
www.fsmta.org
 
American Bodywork and Massage Professional Association
1-800-458-2267
www.abmp.org
 
International Massage Association
1-540-351-0800
www.imagroup.com
 
National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists
1-800-262-4017
www.nanmt.org
 
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAAM)
1-888-644-6226
www.nccam.nih.gov
 
Touch Research Institute
1-305-243-6781
www6.miami.edu/touch-research
 
Florida Chiropractic Association
1-407-290-5883
www.fcachiro.org
 
Science of Massage
18420 N 46th St Phoenix AZ
www.scienceofmassage.com
 
The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy    
www.whccamp.hhs.gov
 
Integrative Medicine Alliance    
www.integrativemedalliance.org
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