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Massage Therapy Program

Massage Therapy at Carnegie Institute in Troy, Michigan

Go with the leader in allied health training since 1947, at Carnegie Institute in Michigan. Our online and practical application classes (hybrid training) provide comprehensive education and working knowledge of critical hands-on skills and competencies in massage therapy. Develop your confidence in small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, and with competent, experienced faculty members who are Licensed Massage Therapists.

The profession of Massage Therapy and Bodywork offers a variety of career possibilities for the motivated and well-trained individual. Massage therapy is a valuable tool in treating stress-related disorders, general relaxation, and injuries to soft tissues.

Therapeutic massage combines the energy of touch with the knowledge of:

  • Anatomy and physiology, pathology
  • Client assessment
  • Effective communication
  • General wellness education
  • Promotion of healthy living.

The Massage Therapist will be able to integrate fundamental science concepts with practical applications in delivering quality therapeutic massage.

Principles of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology give the student a solid foundation for practicing therapeutic body massage successfully. Clinical pathology explores the most common diseases, symptoms, and alternative medical treatments as they apply to massage therapy.

This program emphasizes the correct application of body mechanics by both client and practitioner, the correct use of massage therapy equipment, and the creation of a safe therapeutic massage environment. The program maintains a low student-teacher ratio during theory and practical application.

Special emphasis is placed on legal and ethical principles, professional standards, and business practices required in this profession.

Participation in our Student Massage Therapy Clinic offers massages to the public. Student massages are performed under the direct supervision of a massage therapy instructor. This opportunity provides the student with valuable hands-on experience to refine skills learned in the classroom.


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Steps to get licensed

The State of Michigan requires all massage therapists to be licensed. Graduates of this Program at Carnegie Institute will be eligible to take the MBLEx, the recognized examination for licensure for the State of Michigan, and submit a formal application to the State of Michigan.

For additional details and application, please visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services, Board of Massage Therapy, PO Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909, 517.335.0918.


Career Placement

Entry-level Massage Therapists may be employed under the supervision of a physician or chiropractor in massage therapy clinics, physical therapy facilities, the health and fitness industry, and sports/athletic organizations. Establishing a private practice is also an exciting, viable option. We want you to be successful in your new career, and our dynamic Placement Department is happy to assist you in achieving that goal!


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Textbooks & Reference Manuals
Publisher Title Author ISBN Price
Elsevier The A & P Learning System Applegate 978-1-4377-0393-1 $62.90
Elsevier Pathology for Massage Therapy Salvo 978-0-323-08472-7 $77.95
Elsevier Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Fritz 978-0-3230-7740-8 $90.25
Books of Discovery Flash Cards - Volume 1 Biel 978-0-9829786-7-2 $21.95
Books of Discovery Flash Cards - Volume 2 Biel 978-0-9829786-8-9 $21.95
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