June 2006, Gwinnett College acquired
Rising Spirit Institute of Natural
Health. After reviewing many
massage therapy programs, it
was our belief that their program
was the best around. After the
change of ownership, we began
the process to gain approval
to offer this program. On November
17, 2006, we received approval
from the Accrediting Council
for Independent Colleges and
Schools. After approval from
accreditation, we began the
process of preparing our facility
for the program.
of our Massage Therapy program
is to give you the knowledge,
skills, and business acumen
to become a successful, prosperous
Massage Therapist. Now students
can take this program at our
Gwinnett / Lilburn, Dunwoody
/ Atlanta, or Marietta campus.
The Massage Therapy Program is a
well-planned sequence of courses,
with each class preparing the student
for the more intensive information
to follow. The curriculum reinforces
the mission of the program, which
is to give each individual the scientific
knowledge, manual skills, and mastery
of business to successfully become
a professional massage therapist.
Three areas of study form the CORE
of the curriculum. The CORE curriculum
(1) Exact Knowledge of Musculoskeletal
Anatomy and Kinesiology.
(2) Excellence in Applying Swedish
/ Deep Tissue Massage, NeuroMuscular
Therapy, Chair Massage and Reflexology.
(3) The Ability and Motivation to
Be a Success at “The Business of Massage
us today at (770) 381-7200
or complete the "Request
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The Massage Therapy program
is also designed to transfer
all of its credits into our
Associate of Science Degree
in Business program. This will
equip graduates with the skills
necessary to run their own practices
and offer them the opportunity
to continue beyond an associate
degree through one of our articulation
We also offer massage therapy at
our sister schools the Rising
Spirit Institute in Atlanta
/ Sandy Springsand at The
Medical Arts School in
Raleigh, North Carolina.
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of Education's Gainful Employment
Here's what the Department of Labor says:
What Massage Therapists Do
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
Massage therapists typically do the following:
- Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
- Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
- Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
- Provide clients with guidance on how to improve posture, stretching, strengthening, and overall relaxation
Massage therapists use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissue of the body to treat injuries and to promote general wellness. A massage can be as short as 5–10 minutes or could last more than an hour.
Therapists also may use lotions and oils, massage tables or chairs, and medical heat lamps when treating a client. Massage therapists may offer clients information about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions.
Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques.
Usually, the type of massage given depends on the client’s needs and physical condition. For example, therapists may use a special technique for elderly clients that they would not use for athletes. Some forms of massage are given solely to one type of client; for example, prenatal massage is given to pregnant women.
The median annual wage of massage therapists was $34,900 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,970, and the top 10 percent earned more than $69,000.
Most massage therapists earn a combination of wages and tips.
Many massage therapists work part time; only about 1 out of 4 worked full time in 2010. Because therapists work by appointment in most cases, their schedules and the number of hours worked each week vary considerably. In addition to hours giving massages, therapists may also spend time recording patient notes, marketing, booking clients, washing linens, and other general business tasks.
Call us today at (770) 381-7200
or complete the "Request More
Information" form on
the left side of the page to take
the next step towards your new career
in the Business Field.