Massage Therapy

An international massage school: Iowa based La James College

The international massage therapy training program offers men and women exciting and rewarding career training in the healing arts. Career opportunities for massage therapists are unfolding as the public and the medical fields grow more aware of the value of natural means to maintain or restore health. Massage therapy is one of the pillars of natural health. The oldest written records of China, Egypt, and India record such therapeutics. What profession can claim to have better stood the test of time?! The integrated, international program taught at the La James massage therapy school is committed to teach and develop effective massage therapists.
Why is the Original La James College Massage Therapy Course the One for You?
We believe that skilled and caring massage therapists are the key to widespread, professional recognition. Therefore, the massage therapist courses and training offered at La James College in Mason City, Iowa, exceeds the established national standards in education for obtaining your massage therapy license. Our graduates are exceptionally well-trained and highly-qualified.

La James College Graduation Requirements
Upon completion of the 650 hour course, each student will have acquired the ability and academic knowledge needed to comply with the requirements of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Professional Licensure, Massage Therapy Board. In addition, each student will then be eligible to apply to take the National Certification Examination for Therapeautic Massage and Body Work or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards Exam. Upon successful completion of either examination, graduates may apply for a state massage therapy license where available.
As a massage therapist you can work in a salon, day spa, resort spa, hotel spa, health spa, on a cruise ship, medical spa, hospital or clinic, physician's office, chiropractor's office, outpatient clinic, skin care center, destination spa, club spa, mineral springs spa, vacation spa, wellness spa, resorts, nursing facility, retirement community, sports team, physical therapy office, hospice, gym, fitness center, athletic trainer, sports clinic, as an independent contractor at on-site locations or in client's homes, a massage studio or clinic, at special events, and also airports, malls or massage parties.
Massage Therapy Training
Massage Therapist Diploma - 33 Weeks - 650 Hours
Our massage therapy program encompasses 650 hours of comprehensive theory and exceptional hands-on training; leading among massage therapy training schools. You’ll have an opportunity to create a successful massage therapy practice. After graduation you will have acquired the abilities to comply with the requirements of the Iowa massage therapy board. You then have an opportunity to take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards Exam. Licensure boards decide which certifications and tests to accept on a state-by-state basis. Upon successful completion of the specific exam you may apply for a state license where available for the locality in which you intend to practice.
The goal of our International Massage Therapy program is simple.
Learning objectives present a progressive, efficient set of theories and hands-on skills that teach each student the maximum degree of technical massage therapy. Massage therapy classes are designed for motivated individuals who seek a meaningful, comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage. Excellence in massage therapy training leads to success in professional practice.

Instruction emphasizes holistic health principles, knowing the human body, understanding a variety of massage techniques and their application, and exercising professionalism in a massage therapy career.
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Is Massage Therapy a Fast Growing Career?

There will always be a need for massage therapy. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, sets out professional employment projections in their Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, indicating that "employment for massage therapists is expected to grow faster than average through 2016 as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy".

In response to pain, it is instinctive to touch and hold. Massage is an ancient healing art being rediscovered. Modern science continues to expand our understanding of physiology and why massage is beneficial on so many levels of experience.

We all benefit from stress reduction. The deep, relaxing qualities of massage reduce mental, emotional and physical stress. Many individuals, athletes and health clinics utilize massage therapy as a rehabilitation and fitness aid.

There were 118,000 LMT's in the U.S. as of 2006. By 2016, the U.S. government projects an additonal 23,600 LMT's will be needed in this profession in order to meet demand for service.
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Career Opportunities in Massage Therapy
The Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT, may choose work in many environments or develop a private therapy practice. Working as part of a health care team is rewarding - positions are available in offices of chiropractic, physical therapy, salons that offer spa services, health clubs, sports organizations, with a physical therapist, in a hotel, in a resort, on a cruise ship or via ownership of a private business. You may also choose to teach rather than own your private business or work for another as an employee.
Examples of specialized techniques covered in the course are:
  • Chair massage
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage pre-event & post-event
  • Aromatherapy
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Infant massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Myofascial release
  • Myofascial unwinding
  • Deep tissue
  • Acupressure
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Yoga
  • SOAP charting
  • Stone massage (hot & cold)
  • Energy work (chakra)
  • Pathology
  • Elderly massage
  • Traeger
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Reiki
  • First aid/CPR
  • Thai and watsu
  • Structural alignment
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Apa essentials/modalities
  • Cryotherapy
  • Swedish massage
  • Hot massage
  • Vibrational modalities
La James College’s student population is filled with women and men from all over including Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, Florida as well as international students from around the world.
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