You can learn to give a professional massage thanks to the first public post-secondary massage therapy program in B.C., to be offered at Langara. Currently, massage therapy programs are offered only at private institutions in B.C.
The program starts this coming fall, and will contain courses such as human kinesiology, nutrition, and classes teaching hands-on massaged-based techniques.
“It’s a two-year program and it provides you with a job-ready skill,” said Linda Turner, the program manager.
Massage therapy gaining recognition
The massage therapy industry is growing increasingly popular, and has recently been registered as a recognized healthcare profession.
“It’s similar to medicine, nursing or dentistry,” said Turner. “You’re a registered health care professional.”
After completing the intensive two-year course, students will write the registration exam through the college.
“It’s not an easy program,” said Kevin Yee, a student currently taking a trial run of the program. “But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, the work pays off and it ends up giving you a very rewarding career.”
Small class sizes and flexible schedule
Class sizes are a maximum of 20 people, allowing students the opportunity to work closely with the teacher, in a small class environment.
“I like that you are dealing with a lot of one on one interaction,” said Yee. “It provides flexibility, because you’re not necessarily working eight hours, you’re there whenever you have a client.”
As a requirement students must complete Intro to Massage Therapy, which is a weekend-long course where you learn the basics. Other requirements include submission of the application, completion of Grade 12, a minimum of 70 percent in English 12 and an interview.
Students interested in the program are recommended to start applying this spring for September enrollment.
Reported by Ali Crane