For clients, massage therapy can offer relief and rehabilitation from pain, stress, injuries, and the symptoms of long-term medical conditions. OVCMT’s two-year massage therapy diploma program will teach you how the body works so that you can administer the appropriate treatments to address stress and health concerns for your client. The program combines massage theory and technique courses, foundational science courses and business-related courses, with extensive hands-on practicum experience with real patients.
The ideal candidate to learn client-centred massage therapy can be described by the following:
Massage therapy is a “hands on” career, and the best way to learn the craft is through practice. By receiving hands-on instruction and exercises within the classroom and with real clients, you’ll feel confident making the transition from theory to practice, and eventually from student to massage therapy professional. Whether your professional goals include private practice, working with sports teams or a resort setting, you will be well trained to enter the practice environment that suits your style.
In the first term of year one of the program, you will begin your practical and academic massage therapy training. All practical classrooms are fully equipped with massage tables allowing you to practice your skills on fellow students. Your instructors are experienced Registered Massage Therapist (RMTs). They not only teach, but also operate their own practices outside of the school. In the second term, you’ll have gained enough massage experience to begin working on real-life clients in the school's onsite Student Massage Clinic. In the clinic, you will work under the guidance of experienced Registered Massage Therapists who supervise your practice. Clients appreciate the massages received from students and enjoy contributing to the development of future massage therapists.
Year Two offers progressively more advanced academic and practical massage therapy courses, including Pathology, Neuroanatomy, Clinical Theory & Practice, Joint Mobilization and Therapeutic Exercise. Towards the end of Year Two, you will begin the Integrated Science course, which brings together the extensive science knowledge you have accumulated throughout the program.
As your massage and academic classes become more advanced, you’ll begin an extensive Outreach program with real-life clients. Client Outreach experiences can include practice in areas such as Sports Massage, Maternity, Infant Massage, Geriatrics, Neurological and Systemic conditions. For many of these Client Outreaches, you will be working outside the school at care homes, sports events and other facilities. Pre- and post-treatment assessments of your client will be used to gauge the progress being made.
There’s no such thing as a typical massage therapy client. Everyone is different, which is why your training includes the science foundation enabling you to offer hands-on care to a variety of people, with different needs and in diverse settings. OVCMT’s massage therapy diploma program helps you acquire professional skills, giving you real-world experience while teaching you about alternative health treatments and therapist-client relationships as you prepare you for a rewarding career in this highly personal industry.