There are a few massage therapy schools in Philadelphia. We recommend two privately owned institutions.
One of them has a program that exceeds Pennsylvania curriculum requirements, awarding certificates which permit prospective practitioners to seek state licensure. The other school provides continuing education classes and workshops for massage therapists already working in the field.
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This institution points out that its Central City campus is “in the heart of Philadelphia.” The MT certificate program consists of 700 contact hours, with full-time day and part-time evening class schedule options.
Required courses are Fundamentals of MT; Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology; Anatomy of Musculoskeletal Kinesiology & Palpation, Advanced Massage Techniques, Complementary Modalities, Shiatsu, and Business. Among the modalities taught are foot reflexology, aromatherapy, Thai massage, chakras, and hydrotherapy.
Enrollees spend 80 hours in a student clinic, giving massages to public clients; and get additional practical experience doing “community outreach”.
Located at the Ace Training School in Willow Grove, 30 miles north of Philadelphia, PMTI offers classes and entrepreneurship workshops for practicing massage therapists.
Continuing education courses teach manual lymphatic drainage, spa treatments, lypossage, pharmacology, posture assessment and dysfunction, clinical massage, hot/cold stone facial massage, ethics, CPR certification, prenatal massage, active and isolated stretching, neuromuscular therapy, aromatherapy, body reading systems, essential oils, myofascial release, contourice and wood therapy, and trigger point therapy.
There are also live online courses, spa certification and business start-up classes, networking events, and a Facebook group.
The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area covers parts of four states. Median incomes for MTs there are almost $41,400 per year and $19.90 an hour, just below the United States averages of around $41,420 and $19.95.
The top-paid one-tenth of practitioners in the Philadelphia region make nearly $63,400 annually or $30.50 hourly, less than the approximately $78,280 or $37.65 that their contemporaries nationwide receive. The most poorly paid 10% earn close to $27,000 or $13 in the metro area, better than the U.S. standards of almost $21,350 or $10.30.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop
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