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Become a Medical Massage Therapist

Mar 28, 2017 08:59PM
There is a growing trend in the greater D.C. area for individuals adding a regular massage to their healthcare routine. Likewise, employers are realizing the positive effects of providing massage to their teams and have therapists bring massage chairs to the office for the staff to have short seated massages, before going back to work—feeling appreciated and motivated. Top professional sports teams and athletes employ massage therapists to get peak performance and mobility. Physicians, personal trainers, yogis and psychologists are starting to recommend massage to their clients as a complement to their work. The Bureau of Labor & Statistics ranks massage therapy as a career growing “much faster than average” at a rate of 22 percent, which goes along with the trend of the rise in healthcare jobs.

Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) is the only nonprofit massage school in the region, offering a part-time 18-month professional training program. PMTI has a 99 percent pass rate for the national license exam (MBLEX) for the last six years, which is far above the national average of 62 percent. PMTI has been around since 1976, with a program and instructors that are internationally recognized for excellence. For those looking for more info, PMTI offers a free info session the last Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Classes start in September 2017.

For those therapists seeking to maintain licensure with continuing education courses, PMTI offers a wide range of options, including Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, structural myofascial release, biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, Ortho-Bionomy and more. These classes are hosted by PMTI throughout the year.

For information about becoming a massage therapist or to book a massage (starting at $39 per hour), call 202-686-7046, email [email protected] or visit


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