Helpful Hands: Massage Therapy Training

Like Helping People? Why Not Consider Massage Therapy Training?

Massage Therapists perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints to promote overall well-being for their clients.

Centura College’s Massage Therapy Diploma program teaches students special techniques and massage styles. This massage therapy training also allows students to gain a deep knowledge of anatomy and learn how to optimize the health and wellness of their clients.

What can You do with a Massage Therapy Diploma?

One great aspect of a massage therapy diploma is that it does not limit students to a specific career path. With additional training, graduates can specialize in various areas, including; pediatric massage, spa and holistic massage, massage with physical therapy, and other types of massage.

Once credentialed, many massage therapists decide to open their own businesses to provide a variety of services. The versatility of this diploma provides massage therapists flexible working conditions. For instance, massage therapists can tailor their work schedule to fit to a variety of lifestyles. This occupation offers a sense of personal satisfaction, rewarding results, and a healthy work-life balance.

What will You Learn?

Students pursuing a massage therapy diploma will learn the physical, technical, and academic skills they need to enter this growing career field.

In Centura College’s Massage Therapy program, students receive extensive training in:

  • Massage and bodywork assessment
  • Theories linked with massage techniques and styles
  • The latest massage techniques
  • Relaxation, pain management, and injury recovery

Upon completion of a Massage Therapy Diploma program, students are ready to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), and apply for licensure through the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

These exams, combined with proper massage therapy training, provide credibility in the healthcare industry. Licensure can help attract clients and referrals from medical professionals.

Where can You Work?

Graduates holding a massage therapy diploma have numerous options, especially those who pursue licensure upon graduation. Career opportunities include:

  • Opening a private practice
  • Working in a hospital, rehabilitation center, or doctor’s office
  • Working in a salon, spa, or health club
  • Being employed on a cruise ship or resort as a premium service
  • Offering services alongside a midwife or doula
  • Partnering with chiropractors (these two treatments pair well together)
  • Offering massage services in a nursing home
  • Connecting with a sports team to serve as a consultant or employee

Determining which career path to follow as a massage therapist will depend upon a student’s personal preferences and whether they want to be self-employed or employee.

What is the Employment and Salary Outlook for Massage Therapists?

Massage therapy is a fast-growing industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects this career field to grow by 21% through 2029.

Salary varies a bit depending on where a massage therapist works, but BLS estimates a mean annual salary of $47,350.

Overall, the health and wellness industry is booming. Recent statistics show the health and wellness industry was estimated at a whopping $4.4 trillion in 2019. Projections show the industry will grow to more than $6 trillion by 2025.

Trends indicate consumers around the world are investing in health and wellness, and massage can play a large role in this pursuit.

In 2020, many massage therapists started providing remote services. This is a niche market that has strong potential as consumers seek online services for many products and services they buy.

Learn More about Centura College’s Massage Therapy Diploma

Centura College has been committed to helping students gain the skills and qualifications they need to succeed for more than 30 years.

Our Massage Therapy Diploma program is offered at our Chesapeake and Newport News campuses. To learn more about how we can help you achieve your dreams, contact us.

About Centura College

Centura College has been part of an organization dedicated to helping men and women develop careers since 1969. By training working adults in healthcare, technology, business, and trades, they connect communities with some of the fastest growing career fields in today’s marketplace. The school offers professional facilities, knowledgeable instructors, day or evening classes, job placement assistance and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). To learn more, visit or like them on Facebook at

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