What Makes a Good Medical Massage Therapy Program?

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First, we need to define “Medical Massage”…

What is Medical Massage?

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Assuredly, it doesn’t mean that we are bestowing medical care to our clients or diagnosing them ourselves! The massage therapist is only educated on those conditions, pathologies, and contraindications. Our clients usually have some sort of medical condition, pain or injury that was previously diagnosed by a doctor. Our training is outcome-based massage. Primarily, medical massage is the application of a specific treatment(s) targeted to the particular problem the patient presents. Each patient goes through a thorough assessment/evaluation by the medical massage therapist. Additionally, we are able to assess certain outcomes based on the treatment sessions.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits daily to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you are thriving. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as being ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ This includes social connectedness, exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, self-care therapy, reducing stress, achieving optimal wellness.

How Arizona School of Medical Massage and Wellness is Unique

Parts of our program is similar to schools that have used the term ‘therapeutic massage’ college, but because of my 30 years of experience with working with doctors, PTs, OTs and nurses, I have experiences I can share with students, and relationships with medical professionals that will be guest speakers, and field trips possible for field study opportunities. For example, we might go to an Alzheimer’s Facility after studying geriatric massage and all the pathologies that elderly people have, medicines they take and will be able to interact directly, gaining insight. 

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Consequently, my intent in using the term Medical Massage helps massage therapists to be recognized as healthcare professionals. Likewise, it will help decrease the unfortunate sexualization that occurs with therapists still to date. Using this term educates the public. My personal practice has been named Custom Medical Massage for 30 years, and clients have always said that it is why they called me first. Ultimately, because they were wanting help with pain, injuries, or because they had many health issues and they wanted someone knowledgeable about those conditions.

Our Program

Our program takes numerous scenarios to role-play and learn about different pathologies, and what is indicated or contraindicated.

Students will be able to perform a nice stress-relieving, relaxing massage, but will also be able to…

  • assess dysfunction
  • perform advanced myofascial techniques
    • cupping
    • Kinesio-taping
  • pregnancy massage
  • pediatrics
  • geriatrics
  • sports, and
  • stretching

Arizona School of Medical Massage and Wellness, LLC (ASMMW) has been vetted and licensed by the Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education, but we have opted to avoid Federal accreditation which allows us to accept lower tuition of only $8350.  I feel that when people invest in their own future, they tend to be more vested in their success and more engaged as a learner.

ASMMW’s hybrid format allows you, as a student, to have quality, in-person training in massage classes that demand it. In addition, other classes like business and ethics, are done online to allow you to be more time-efficient to balance school with work, family, and your personal wellness. This saves classroom time, meeting live either 8am-2:30pm or 3-9pm (only 6-hour days) on Tues, Wed, and Thur, so you will be prepared to begin your massage therapy career in 9 months. 

If you’re interested in enrolling in the August 27th, 2024, program in Peoria, AZ or the August 20th, 2024, program in Tucson, AZ, to become a Licensed Massage Therapist, with a Specialty in Medical Massage and Wellness -call now to discuss. Click here to download our Catalog. The next step is to call us for a personal tour: 800-615-1342. Once this cohort is full, we will start a waitlist.


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