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Massage Therapy

Welcome to the Massage Therapy (MT-VC) Program

The professional Massage Therapy Program teaches the art and science of massage therapy, while also teaching sound business practices, which prepare students for success in the marketplace. You learn more than massage techniques. You learn how to tap into your compassion so you can put those techniques into practice for the greater good. That's the highest education standard of all. This program has an eight-month day vocational certificate program and a twelve month night vocational certificate program designed to prepare graduates to sit for the Florida Massage Therapy license examination. This program is designed to meet the need for qualified massage therapists in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, chiropractic centers, cosmetology salons, sports medicine clinics, and rehabilitation/physical therapy providers. Program graduates will be able to practice independently or can work in other healthrelated settings.

In the professional Massage Therapy Program, students learn lightenergy work as well as deep-tissue modalities, spa therapies, infant massage, Shiatsu, and how to treat specific pain and dysfunction such as carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, and headaches. Massage Therapists also provide services to special needs populations such as athletes, the elderly, and pregnant women, as well as a holistic approach to health and healing.

This Therapeutic Massage Program combines the student's knowledge of massage with specific training in the treatment of sports injuries, pathology, medical terminology, and documentation as well as anatomy and physiology and massage interventions. It also highlights spa therapy training in spa treatments and spa operations. Students will learn body treatments which will include body exfoliations, body masks, hydrotherapy, and body wraps. Bodywork techniques will include stone massage, lymphatic drainage, Shiatsu, reflexology, and deep tissue. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be marketable to resort destination, day, medical, and cruise ship spas.

Admission to this program is based upon receipt date of completed application requirements. Once a particular class is full, the remaining qualified applicants are automatically listed as alternates for that class. If the applicant is not seated, he/she is offered admission in the next available class.


*If applicable, any documents related to this program of study can be found listed under the Documents section on this web page.

*We strongly encourage you to contact the Pensacola State Cosmetic Arts Department for assistance in planning your program of study.


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Dept. Head / Faculty
Department Head:
Roy L. Bracken
(850) 484-1013

Program Manager:
Sonja McCall-Strehlo McCall-Strehlow
(850) 484-1642
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