The Science and Art of Massage Therapy

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The science

A scientific foundation to massage therapy education is critical. Our science courses emphasize how therapeutic massage affects muscles, soft tissue and circulation. You will understand the role of massage therapy in the patient’s overall health and be able to more effectively communicate with other healthcare providers. This distinguishes a Northwestern massage therapist.

Northwestern focuses on the science of massage therapy throughout the curriculum. Courses include anatomy, physiology, nutrition, pathology and medical terminology. You learn from instructors who are highly credentialed in the sciences. From the clay muscle-building course to the cadaver observation lab, we provide you a strong foundation in the science behind the practice of massage therapy. Review course descriptions.

The art

The art of massage therapy involves listening with your hands, interpreting what you feel, and providing compassionate care to each patient.

You’ll master the art of the massage through a specific set of technique courses and practical hands-on experiences. Your instruction will include relaxation massage, rehabilitative massage and massage for special populations

The blending of science and art

Becoming a successful therapist involves being knowledgeable and intuitive, being both a scientist and an artist. You will have the satisfaction of providing both physical care and compassionate care. You’ll be able to enhance your patients’ health and overall sense of well being.

We help you effectively blend these elements so you can become a confident massage therapist, bringing your own unique approach to your profession.

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