Frequently Asked Questions
As a student, what should I expect to learn?
The successful student will acquire skills that range from client assessment and business fundamentals to advanced techniques in massage therapy that include Deep Tissue, Sports, and Table Shiatsu.
What does a massage therapist do?
A massage therapist uses his or her hands, fingers, forearms and elbows to provide gliding, rubbing, kneading, friction, joint mobilization and tapotement to clients depending upon their physical condition, needs and desires. Moist heat, ice, diaphragmatic breathing and therapeutic exercises are also utilized by the massage therapist to help clients reduce pain, improve flexibility and circulation, and reduce the negative effects that unchecked stress has on the human mind and body.
What are typical working conditions like?
Potential students should be physically fit because this work demands physical activity. Evening and weekend work are common as are long periods of standing and reaching. Aside from outdoor events, such as sports massage, the work is done indoors in a massage room, sports club, doctor's office, salon, spa or corporate setting.
How much does a massage therapist make?
Wages vary for massage therapists depending upon where they work and their level of experience. Massage therapists can receive both pay and tips. It takes time to develop a private clientele; therefore, most beginning therapists work part time and supplement their income with other jobs. Entry-level pay can range from minimum wage to $3,400 per month. Experienced full-time people can earn as much as $8,600 per month.
When I finish the program will I be a certified massage therapist?
In the State of California there is no such thing as a certified massage therapist. The state does not license or control Massage Therapy. It is left up to the local control of each community. However, more and more communities are demanding that a massage therapist have at least 500 hours of training in order to get a business license and set up practice. A certificate from the De Anza Massage Therapy Program will satisfy many of the communities in our area.
We offer a 25.5 unit (516 hour) Certificate of Achievement, a 44.5 unit (876 hour) Certificate of Proficiency, and a 52 unit Associate in Arts degree (1020 hour).
Some communities require that you take and pass their own Massage Therapy test while others require that you show proof of passing the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The program at De Anza prepares a student to pass these examinations.
How can I get more information on becoming a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist?
Contact the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork to obtain an application to sit for the National test. The De Anza College ID is # 294033-00. You will need to include this in your application. NCBTMB's contact information is as follows:
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 1.800.296.0664 or 707.610.9015
Where can I get more information on the Massage Therapy Program at De Anza College?
For further information contact:
Deborah Tuck, NCTMB
Massage Therapy Program Assistant
Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Please leave a clear message with your name, phone number and any specific questions you need answered.