“A Steady” PACE: Massage Therapy

By MARCUS J WILSON

Staff Writer

Are you the type of person that likes to help people relieve stress and pain? The Massage Therapy program will help you make a career move that will provide you the opportunity to help people. Students will learn the basic steps and training to become a massage therapist. 

According to the Professional and Community Education (PACE) brochure, these classes will give students an opportunity to learn the science of massage therapy. “The idea came from the former president of Cumberland County College, Dr. Ender,” according to Vicki Simek, the executive director of the division. “We both believed in massage therapy and thought it was a good idea.” 

Skilled massage therapists are in demand. As part of the rapidly growing health care field, the job market for massage therapists is projected to grow by 20 percent between now and 2016. Licensed massage therapists work in a variety of settings including: salons and spas, offices of physicians and chiropractors, fitness and recreational sports centers, hotels, cruise ships, or self-employment.

Students can enter the massage therapy program three different times during the year. This program offers Modules 1, 2 and 3 that run every twelve weeks. Massage Therapy offers classroom lectures, hands-on, and clinical massage training. Simek shares, “In the massage therapy program, students learn about all the body systems including Anatomy, Physiology, and the muscular skeletal system. Massage Therapy is about stress relief as well as cleansing the body of toxins, making the body stronger, and preventing illness.“

The program consists of 520 hours of lecture and clinical experience. All clinical work takes place on campus. After students complete the program, they take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 

The Massage Therapy Program is a viable career option for CCC students and community members to consider. The newly designed modular curriculum allows students to enter into the program at three different times during the year. Each 12-week module is independent from the previous one, so there are flexible registration options. Financial assistance is also available for those who qualify for the program.

Interested students or community members can begin the information gathering and application processes by calling PACE at 856-691-8600 ext. 345 or visit http://www.cccnj.edu/pace.

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