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Important Terms about Massage Schools

If you’re thinking of attending a massage school, you may be unfamiliar with some of the terminology and key words so often used in the field of massage therapy. Below we'll define some important terms you may encounter as you research massage schools.

  • Thai massage – A type of massage therapy that uses a combination of stretching exercises and “deep” massages. Thai massage is generally performed with the recipient lying on a mat placed on the floor.
  • Deep tissue massage – A type of massage therapy intended to relieve pain and tension in afflicted muscles below the superficial layer of musculature. Not to be confused with so-called deep pressure massage, a non-localized massage where heavy pressure is evenly applied all over the recipient.
  • Acupressure – A form of therapy in which pressure is applied with the hand or needles to specific points. It is closely related to acupuncture, but the skin is never penetrated.
  • Homeopath – Someone who treats disease by administering tiny doses of drugs that in larger amounts would create symptoms of the same disease in normal persons.
  • Reflexology – A physical therapy technique in which the practitioner places pressure on the feet, hands, or ears. Also called zone therapy.
  • Chiropractic – A type of physical therapy involving the manipulation of the spine.
  • Shiatsu – A Japanese massage technique where the practitioner applies pressure using only fingers, thumbs, and palms. It is believed to help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Aromatherapy – A type of therapy, believed to aid in mood disorders, that employs fragrances derived from plant materials.
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    Carrington College
    7301 Greenback Lane, Suite A, Citrus Heights, CA 95621
    The Citrus Heights campus of Carrington College California is one of seven locations in the state that provides vocational training for a variety of professions.
    (916) 585-7769
    St Pierre Center for Massage
    2400 Clay Street, Napa, CA 94559
    The First Step towards Becoming a Certified Massage Therapist At the St. Pierre Center for Massage, we teach students the art of massage therapy. Our classes are designed not only to help you achieve
    (707) 531-7740
    Carrington College
    380 Civic Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    The Carrington College California Pleasant Hill has 5 different state-of-the-art facilities that span over 1,300 square feet and offer students technological training in various fields.
    (925) 298-6299
    Healing Arts Institute
    7525 Auburn Blvd Ste 9, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
    (916) 910-7777
    Bryan College
    2317 Gold Meadow Way, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
    (866) 649-2400
    National Holistic Institute - Sacramento Massage S
    1610 Arden Way Ste 110, Sacramento, CA 95815
    (916) 568-6411
    Massge Therapy Center
    9410 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624
    (916) 714-7222
    Julie's Massage Therapy and School
    1393 Gray Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991
    (530) 671-6300
    Makoto Kai
    443 1st St Ste 1, Woodland, CA 95695
    (530) 662-5662
    Massage School of Healing Arts
    330 S Fairmont Ave Ste 9, Lodi, CA 95240
    (209) 365-0679
    Phillips School of Massage
    1999 Po Box, Nevada City, CA 95959
    (530) 265-4645
    The American Institute of Natural Healing
    213 G St, Antioch, CA 94509
    (925) 238-0611
    Calaveras College of Therapeutic Massage
    96 Court St, San Andreas, CA 95249
    (209) 754-4876
    A & L Massage
    135 N Main St, Manteca, CA 95336
    (209) 823-2201
    School of Shiatsu & Massage
    18424 Harbin Springs Rd, Middletown, CA 95461
    (707) 987-3801

    When a massage is done right, it can be relaxing and therapeutic. Massage therapists are professionals who have gone to school and earned their certification to provide a wide variety of natural massages, each one delivering a different benefit. From Swedish massage to deep tissue massage, therapists skilled in these areas can help your sore muscles and joints feel much better. Students interested in this application can attend an accredited massage school. There, they can learn about the physical attributes and systems of the body, including the muscular system. They also learn the various techniques associated with massage, such as deep tissue or Thai massage, which sometimes involves the patient lying on the floor. Many professional sports teams employ therapists to provide regular therapeutic sports massage techniques to players to keep them limber. Massage therapists can also own their own business, making house calls or opening up a spa or even their home to provide holistic, hot stone or shiatsu massage therapy. Massages are meant to help the body relax, and can be used in conjunction with alternative healing therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology. Chiropractic professionals can provide physical healing massages to patients, as can homeopaths, aromatherapy professionals and masseuses. Homeopaths practice homeopathy, which subscribes to the theory that treatment of a disease should be based on giving small amounts of drugs that would ordinarily produce symptoms in health patients. Finding the right school to train you in the art of massage therapy, such as Thai or deep tissue, isn’t difficult. Simply seek out your school’s guidance counselor or browse the web for massage schools in your area, then check each one’s course list, rates and course availability.
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