Massage Therapy (AOS)
Associate of Occupational Studies Degree Program
Massage Therapy Program Overview
ASA College’s Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Massage Therapy is a 65 credit program designed to be completed in five semesters. It meets the New York State Education Department’s required minimum of 1000 clock hours (lecture, lab, and practicum contact hours) and required criteria in all specified content areas.
Onsite internships and off-campus externships provide opportunities for students to practice their skills and prepare for the required New York State Massage Therapy licensing examination.
Massage Therapy Program Learning Options
ASA College offers Massage Therapy Courses in a variety of different formats.
First, pick between the Manhattan or Brooklyn campus. Which is more convenient for you?
Also, great news! Some classes in the Massage Therapy program are offered remotely!
What does remote mean? Remote learning options are still held at a specific date and time, however, you are able to log in virtually to listen to instructions and interact with the class.
Contact us today to discuss what program options are best for you!
Massage Therapy Program Goals
Students will learn four types of massages:
- Swedish Massage: performed in the direction of the heart, designed for relaxation, relief of muscular tension, improvement of circulation and range of motion.
- Shiatsu Massage: is a pressure-point massage technique developed in Japan, uses pressure and stretching techniques to reduce stress and fatigue, improve circulation, reduce blood pressure and muscle stiffness, and increase stamina.
- Deep Tissue Massage: is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscles and connective tissue. It is similar to Swedish Massage, but more intense. This helps relieve chronic muscle tension or knots.
- Sports Massage: following an athletic event, this type is used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and can also be used for injury rehabilitation.
Massage Therapy Career Outlook
According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage of massage therapists was $42,820 in May 2019, and growth is expected to be faster than average, at a rate of 22% from 2018 to 2028.
Massage Therapists can work in a variety of venues: hospitals, nursing homes, vacation resorts, cruise ships, corporate offices, and hotels.
Many Massage Therapists work in clinical practice with physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists.
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