Holmes Ridgeland Campus offering Massage Therapy program
Beginning in September, the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus will offer a one-year Massage Therapy program taught by Dr. Marquita Webster, LMT, MMP, DPT.
“If you thought that Massage Therapy was only a feel-good way to pamper yourself, then think again,” said Holmes Massage Therapy Program Director Dr. Webster. “In contrast, massage therapy can be used as a powerful treatment tool to assist with taking charge of your health and well-being whether you have a certain health condition or are looking for stress relief.”
Massage Therapy is a form of treatment that involves a trained and certified medical professional to provide soft tissue manipulation to the body using different degrees of pressure and movement. It is considered a special treatment of complementary and integrative medicine.
“We are so very excited about the new Massage Therapy program at Holmes,” said Vice President for Career Technical Education Dr. Amy Whittington. “Dr. Webster brings years of experience in the field and in the classroom and this program meets the need of a growing industry in our Holmes district.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2018 and 2028, the field is expected to grow by 22 percent. In 2019, the median salary for a massage therapist was $42,820 and therapists could earn upwards of $20/hour.
“At Holmes Community College, our Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional massage therapists,” Dr. Webster said. “During the one-year program, students will learn about various modalities such as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Massage, Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Hydrotherapy. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to work in a variety of settings such as: spas, cruise ships, resorts, chiropractic and medical offices, sports and fitness facilities, private offices, airports, nursing homes and orthopedic rehabilitation facilities.”
Coursework for the program will begin on Monday, Sept. 21. There is no fee to submit an application, and interested candidates can get started by visiting: https://hccapp.holmescc.edu/ruready_orientation/index.cfm. This one-year, 720-hour Massage Therapy Program at Holmes is approved and licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (MSBMT), P.O. Box, Morton, MS 39117, (601) 73-6038, under Temporary License #1912.