It's important for massage therapists to have an understanding
of how the body works, and what structures and organ systems can be
affected though massage therapy. For that reason, in addition to
learning massage technique, one of your required course
requirements in most massage schools will be human
That's why a good question to ask when you are comparing massage
schools is, "How will I study anatomy?"
Most massage schools will use anatomy textbooks,
illustrations, posters, or models to teach their students about
structures and systems within the human body. But did you
know that there is one massage school where massage students study
anatomy on real human cadavers in a graduate medical school
gross anatomy laboratory?
That's right! At National
University, our massage students spend each anatomy class
viewing the actual muscles, tendons, and bones that they will be
working on when they massage their clients. They study in the same
lab as medical students, with guidance from graduate level
Waugh raves about the
anatomy lab experience at National University: "I never tire of
studying the body. It is extraordinary! It's also fascinating to be
able to see so many different bodies and the different nuances.
Each body is created so differently, it's truly amazing. There's
just no way to get this education in anatomy from a
"There's nothing like it," says
Emily Davies. "You can get in there and actually see the
muscles and the bones. It's something that you can't get from a
book. I know it will make me a better massage therapist."
At best, some other massage schools might take a one-day field
trip to an anatomy laboratory. National University massage students
are in the lab for anatomy classes on a regular basis.
Outside the laboratory,
National University students also have access to
The Anatomage Table in the campus learning resource center.
Featured on PBS and TED Talks,
this life-size 3-D interactive table is today's most
technologically advanced digital visualization system for anatomy
education. There are less than 100 tables in the US, and only 300
in the world.
If you're worried you might be squeamish around real cadavers,
you can see what studying in a real anatomy lab is like before you
go to school. A visit to the anatomy lab is part of National
therapy information night. Most students find it's not scary at
all, but rather exciting and life-changing.
Welcome to our new
Touchpoints blog series on key points to look for when
choosing the right massage therapy school. This month's topic is
To earn your certification or degree in massage therapy, you'll
need to practice your massage skills on real people while you are
still in school. Your state licensing board will also require proof
that you've completed a certain number of actual massage hours
Where, how and on whom you practice your required massage hours
can vary greatly from school to school. Here is what to look
A school that assures you receive a large number and wide
variety of different clients (meaning clients of different ages,
backgrounds and health histories) will give you the broadest base
of experience and prepare you for the real world. At National
University, you'll be interning in our on-campus
integrative medical clinic, which draws from the local
community, the college campus, as well as referrals from our
chiropractic, naturopathic, acupuncture and oriental medicine
Working in a school spa or center that only provides massage can
provide an adequate number of clients, but the actual experience
you'll gain may be limited.
You'll be better prepared for a wider variety of career
opportunities if you give massage in a clinical or medical setting
where you are part of an integrated health care team.
First, you'll be more likely to see clients with actual medical
conditions who have massage therapy prescribed as part of a
treatment plan. This provides important experience in applying your
therapeutic skills. Secondly, you'll work alongside doctors and
health professionals from other specialties. That means you'll have
practice in learning how to communicate with them effectively.
Once again, National University's on-site integrative medical
clinic provides an ideal internship setting where massage
therapists can gain confidence in working with clients who are
referred by medical clinicians. You'll learn to prepare SOAP notes
(an acronym for subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) for
your client's file and medical charts, in a way that is responsive
to their physician's requests.
Additionally, many of National University's massage faculty and
clinic supervisors are also practicing primary care physicians.
Your supervisor will not only be a massage expert, but will be able
to show you what a medical doctor will expect from you.
National University's clinic provides an internship experience
that better prepares you for new career options opening in
hospitals, chiropractic practices, integrative medical clinics,
hospice care, wellness centers, and more.
Why not come for our next massage
therapy information night and see our clinic for yourself. We
think you'll agree, it's an exciting environment for aspiring
health care professionals like you!
More and more hospitals are incorporating massage
therapy into patient care -- including the Mayo Clinic. This is
because of the proven benefits of massage therapy for stress
relief, pain reduction, and more.
In this video, you'll hear Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic
explain why they are expanding the use of massage therapy for
patients with a wide variety of medical conditions.
National University prepares you to succeed as a massage
therapist working as part of an integrative medical team. The
program gives you the experience you'll need to take advantage of
expanding career opportunities in major hospitals and other
At National University, you'll serve your internship in its on-campus integrative
medical clinic. You'll see clients who've been referred by
their physician for therapeutic massage as part of their overall
medical treatment plan. You'll learn how to maintain client charts
properly and understand the medical terminology needed to
communicate effectively with the client's physician or medical
specialist. You'll also work alongside student interns from the
university's graduate medical degree programs.
That's why National University is a great place to start your
career journey in massage therapy. Why not plan a
National University faculty member, Dr. Jerrilyn
Cambron was quoted in a recent U.S. News and World Report
article on massage therapy, titled "Massage as Medicine." Dr. Cambron is a noted
expert on massage therapy research, and is the president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, a leading massage
The article highlights that the American Hospital Association
recently surveyed 1,007 hospitals about their use of complementary
and alternative medicine therapies. More than 80 percent said they
offered massage therapy. Upwards of 70 percent said they used
massage for pain management and relief.
The growing use of massage therapy in hospitals and integrative
medical settings is why NUHS provides its massage students with
internship experience in an on-campus integrative medical
clinic. NUHS massage
therapy graduates are prepared to successfully bring their
skills into a medical environment.
In addition, massage therapy students at NUHS enjoy the prestige
of studying at a university boasting many noted leaders in the
massage therapy profession, such as Dr. Cambron.
Do you or someone you know get the wintertime "blues"? Less
sunlight in the winter, coupled with more time indoors, can trigger
what is known as "Seasonal
Affective Disorder" in many people. SAD can prove to be a
serious form of depression and reduce the quality of life for those
with the disorder.
One of the many therapies that can help SAD is
massage. A recent article from the American Massage
Therapy Association catalogs several proven ways in which massage
therapy can counteract physiological mood factors that often
accompany SAD. According to the AMTA, massage can:
Treating those with SAD is one of the many ways that massage
therapists can offer real help to their clients as part of an
integrative medical team. Want to learn more about massage therapy
in an integrative medical setting? Just visit our website!
And if winter has you down, why not schedule a massage at the NUHS Whole Health
Center in Lombard? You can also work with our chiropractic,
naturopathic or oriental medicine clinicians to find additional
treatments to help reduce the symptoms of SAD.
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