Enter the Rewarding Field of Massage and Asian Bodywork

Are you interested in turning your passion for healing into a career? Are you familiar with the fast-growing field of massage therapy? Welcome to a career choice with fulfillment and flexibility. Consider some of the benefits of this rewarding career:

  • Be your own boss.
  • Create your own full-time or part-time schedule.
  • Use the methods you believe in: from Western massage techniques to an array of Asian bodywork modalities.
  • Work in conjunction with doctors, sports trainers, and physical therapists.
  • Choose from a variety of workplace settings like hospitals, private practices, medical or recreational spas, cruise ships, public service, and more.
  • Bill insurance or Workers Compensation in many states.

Explore a Field Growing in Popularity and Acceptance

According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2010, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than average for all occupations.    – American Massage Therapy Association

A full 86% of Americans believe that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain, and 85% feel that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness.   – Massage Therapy Journal, Spring 2010

In 1998, only 7.7% of hospitals were offering complementary and alternative therapies, such as massage. By 2007, that number had risen to 37%. By 2012, that number had risen to 42% according to the American Hospital Association.

Did you know? There are as many as 250 known types of massage and bodywork.

Oncology patients show less pain, fear, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, and depression following massage therapy, according to a study by Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2004, and a report in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2002.

The Society for Human Resource Management reported in 2007 that 13% of its 210,000 member companies offer workplace massage. A Working Mother article found 77% of the top 100 U.S. companies offered massage work.


What is Asian Bodywork and How Does it Relate to Massage?

“Asian bodywork” is a term that encompasses many different Eastern massage techniques. Each technique has a different effect, and can be used to treat specific health concerns from injury-related pain and mobility problems to emotional conditions such as anxiety or insomnia.

In Oriental medicine, touch is considered to be a powerful method of healing. Massage and Asian bodywork have been used for over 2,000 years to relieve pain and to enhance the body’s natural ability to recover from injury. Massage can provide relief for ailments such as chronic pain, stress, insomnia, depression, injury-related pain, and arthritis, among many others.

Massage is the application of a range of soft-tissue techniques, including: kneading, rubbing, stroking, tapping, and the application of pressure. Movement may be passive

or active. Each movement is performed with the intention of affecting the body’s inner energetic systems.


What Makes a Massage Therapist with an Asian Bodywork Background Stand Out in the Crowd?

  • In addition to being familiar with Western forms of massage, you’ll be able to perform an array of Asian massage techniques (such as tui na, Shiatsu, and Thai massage).
  • In the course of your program, you’ll have had an introduction to Oriental medicine and understand the body both anatomically and from a mind, body, spirit approach.
  • Our program offers you a rich background in multiple massage techniques and how to treat a variety of specific health ailments (massage can provide more than just relaxation!).
  • A mind, body, spirit approach. See the whole picture!


The Unique Toolset of Asian Bodywork

Massage therapists with an Asian bodywork background are holistic healers with a unique skillset. Are you interested in studying an ancient healing system with a modern approach? Are you ready to make a positive difference in patients’ lives…and in your own?

  • Use massage and Asian bodywork techniques such as using acupoints, tui na, Shiatsu, Thai massage and more!
  • Study ancient and modern approaches to holistic health care.
  • Offer your patients natural choices for healing.
  • Learn Western medicine and some foundations of Oriental medicine–The best of both worlds.

With Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, you will experience a comprehensive training program. Get hands-on training at a variety of on-campus and off-site clinical training facilities such as the following:

Rady Children’s Hospital
UCSD Free Clinic Project and UCSD Rimac
San Diego Cancer Center
Mental Health Services, Inc.
Beth Israel Continuum Cancer Center
Initiative for Women with Disabilities
Lutheran Medical Center Labor and Deliveries
Veterans Administration Hospital
Project Vida
Chicago Women’s Health Center


Curious What You’ll be Learning?

Our Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork programs emphasize Oriental medical theory and East Asian therapeutic massage techniques. Students learn how to understand the causes and symptoms of disease, and how to tailor specific massage therapies to fit each client’s condition.

Those enrolled in these programs receive an introduction to Oriental medicine, and practice a variety of East Asian therapies, including Tui Na, Shiatsu, Circulatory and Thai massage, among others. 

The Massage Therapy program is available at all three Pacific College campuses in San Diego, CA, New York City, NY, and Chicago, IL.

Upon completion, students will be prepared for employment as massage therapists, either in private practice or in a wide variety of healthcare or spa settings.

With a well-rounded education in Asian and Western bodywork therapy (our programs cover both schools of thought), you will be able to customize each patient’s treatment. Our massage programs combine massage treatment with Oriental medicine theory for a natural integration of mind, body, spirit healing. With our program, you will:

  • Explore a variety of massage modalities, both Western and Eastern, such as Shiatsu, tui na, Circulatory, and Thai massage.
  • Be prepared for a career in private practice, healthcare, or a spa setting.
    • Combine Eastern and Western techniques to best serve your client’s needs.

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