Philadelphia, PA, March 04, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) has created two massage therapy specialties as additions to its core curriculum. These specialties in sports massage and muscle performance therapies and prenatal, infant and geriatric massage therapies were created to meet industry demands, and will help make students more marketable to potential employers in these specialized massage settings.
NMTI works with an advisory board of industry experts to constantly improve and upgrade its program as the landscape of the profession changes. As an increased number of Americans in all age groups look to massage therapy for maintaining and increasing health and wellness, the massage therapy industry's need for qualified massage therapists continues to grow.1 To meet this need, students can now choose to continue their education following the 630-hour core massage therapy program with one of the new specialty modules. This additional training will be available to all prospective, current and past graduates of NMTI at its four convenient campus locations in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Falls Church, Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
"Our specialty programs will prepare students to succeed in two rapidly expanding areas of massage," said Ron Diana, NMTI's national director of education. "Our sports massage and muscle performance therapies specialty allows the student to focus on career aspirations working with athletes of all levels. In this specialty, the focus will be sports theory, performance enhancement techniques, cramp relief techniques, stretching techniques and injury risk-reduction techniques. The specialty in prenatal, infant and geriatric therapies will prepare students for working with patients in a range of life stages and focus on pathological conditions, techniques and applications for each."
NMTI leadership measures its success by how well its students are prepared for and obtain jobs upon program completion. With the introduction of the new sports massage and muscle performance therapies and prenatal, infant and geriatric massage therapies specialties, NMTI furthers its commitment to encourage student success.
NMTI President Bob Cappel says that, "I think the thing that makes the school special is a real interest and investment in the student to ensure they are successful. With the industry demand growing in these two specialty areas, and the need for qualified massage therapists growing, we want to ensure our students are prepared to seize these expanding opportunities."
Scott Deidun, national director of career services also emphasizes the school's investment in student success stating that "in addition to the benefits of a specialty, students will receive CPR/First Aid certification, extended clinical training hours at NMTI's student massage clinic and Think, Build, Live, Success initiative training, which provides students with necessary life and career skills through a three-part program that breaks professional fulfillment down into manageable steps."
The National Massage Therapy Institute's (NMTI) sole offering, and passion, is professional massage therapy training. The school's massage therapy program has been carefully crafted by industry experts and aims to produce highly qualified massage therapists to meet the industry's growing demand. NMTI is accredited by one of the oldest and largest nationally recognized accrediting bodies, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).
1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics