Many people are unaware that massage therapists come from many different backgrounds, not all of which are created equal. As massage therapy becomes a more and more important part of health and wellness, there has been a significant increase in the number of therapists. The American Massage Therapy Association estimates there are between 300,000 and 350,000 therapists in the United States currently. So, how do you know which is the best therapist for you?
Why Your Massage Therapist Needs a Massage Therapy Degree
Here we will dive into massage therapy a little bit, but more importantly we will examine why a massage therapist needs a degree so badly and why you shouldn't trust those without a degree.
Becoming A Massage Therapist
One of the most common routes to becoming a licensed massage therapist is through certification at a massage therapy school or program. These programs include courses in anatomy, physiology and massage techniques. A certificate can often be earned in nine to twelve months and it prepares a therapist for licensure in a state.
Once a therapist is licensed, they are ready to go and can serve in a spa or massage office or hospital. What is often overlooked is that therapists can achieve their education through alternative methods.
Massage Therapy as a Degree
Specialty schools like the Colorado School of Healing Arts provide a two-year program for an enhanced study of massage therapy and other anatomical aspects. In addition to anatomy, physiology and general massage techniques, the two-year program includes a focus on kinesiology, pathology and speciality massage. Therapists who get a degree will also learn about health care laws and regulations and business practices like marketing and management.
A two year program gives these therapists to specialize in additional techniques, like neuromuscular therapy and cranial-sacral massage.
Neuromuscular therapy is a science-based practice that focuses on the various regions of soft tissue in the body. This particular therapy considers the underlying factors that may be causing a patient’s complaint and evaluates the regional causes of pain. NMT providers have extensive knowledge of the pathologies that affect different areas of the body and how treatment of each can help in pain relief. NMT is very beneficial for patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions.
Cranial-sacral massage is a very gentle treatment focused on the head, spinal column, and sacrum. This treatment relieves compression in those areas to increase circulation of cerebrospinal fluid in order to reduce pain and inflammation.
The additional time spent earning a degree in massage therapy allows therapists to understand the mechanics behind the treatment. This helps the patient gain a fuller and longer lasting recovery.
Downtown Denver Massage Therapy
At Wayfare Wellness, we believe that an educated massage therapist is your best weapon as a patient. Our massage therapist, Sarah Monreal, got her degree from the Colorado School of Healing Arts where she specialized in neuromuscular therapy and cranial-sacral therapy.
This background in the anatomy of the body drives her philosophy of massage as a treatment, not just a luxury. When you schedule a massage with Sarah, she evaluates the underlying causes of your pain and treats it at its source, giving her patients the best chances at relief.
Schedule your downtown Denver massage today and experience the benefits of an experienced massage therapist.