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Wellness & Massage Therapy

The Field

The Wellness field focuses on holistic health, addressing the interconnected systems of the human body through a variety of massage techniques and natural healing arts. Massage Therapists and Wellness Practitioners use a depth of education and various perspectives of knowledge to empower people to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

To succeed in Massage Therapy and Wellness, students will need to demonstrate strong problem-solving skills to evaluate symptoms and determine the best course of therapy. Interpersonal skills, empathy and curiosity about holistic health are also essential for success in the field.

woman giving massage

The Wellness/Massage Therapy Program at Skyline College

The College’s Wellness programs provide the instruction needed to succeed in the field of holistic health. Through a depth of education and practical hands-on training, you’ll learn to provide therapies that improve quality of life and help people achieve balance and harmony in their lives.

In addition to a variety of courses in the Wellness Program that will provide you with a broad education in the natural healing arts, Skyline College also offers a Massage Therapy Certificate program. This 500-hour program is completed in two semesters and develops skills and knowledge in Swedish relaxation/wellness massage therapy techniques, as well as Deep Tissue techniques, and a variety of other massage modalities. Completion of the program qualifies students for the California Massage Therapy Council certification which provides the opportunity for employment throughout the state.

Apply Online for the Wellness/Massage Therapy Program

Suggestions for CPR/AED Training

Many local agencies offer CPR/AED training quite frequently. Completion of EMC 425 is not the only way to fulfill the CPR requirement. Training can be taken at a local agency with a CPR card issued upon successful completion. Make sure that the CPR card is good for two years. Online training is not an accepted method for CPR training.

The following agencies are amongst others offering CPR training locally.

Skyline College Resources

Professional Organizations


Name Organization
LindaAldridge MA, Holistic Health Education; CMT/LMT; Adj. Faculty
Rich Brown MA, Integral Health; CMT; Adj. Faculty
Bruce Codding MT, Stanford Hosp; Owner, PHM; HypnTher.
Michael Anne Conley LMFT; Director, Stillpoint Wellness Center
Tim Cowen Massage Services Manager, UCSF
Kelley Filbin Spa Director
Mark Frederick MS, Engineering; CMT; Adj. Faculty
Mike Grunwald, Esq. MT in Hospital Settings; Educator
Linda Herda CSEA Treasurer
Ron Kino CMT; Owner, Ocean Yoga; Educator
Mary Anne Leary AS, Business; CMT; Licensed Esthetician; Adj. Faculty
Cee Michael Business Owner
Sarah Perkins Skyline College Vice President of Instruction
Robyn Scherr MT; CST; Owner, Living in the Body; Editor
Andrew Scoular Licensed Esthetician; Business Owner
Liz Walton CMT; Educator

Career Outlook

Massage therapists and wellness practitioners work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, hotels, spas, hospitals, fitness centers, and sports organizations. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.

Demand for massage therapists is much higher than average, with a projected employment growth rate of 23% over the next decade according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In California, massage therapists make an average of $40,320 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Opportunities

Wellness career opportunities can be found at Spas, Wellness Centers, Sports Medicine Clinics, Orthopedic Offices, Naturopathic Practices, Entertainment Industry, Your Own Business, Yoga Retreat Centers, Cruise Ships, Integrative Medicine Centers, Acupuncture Offices, Hospitals, Physical Therapy Offices, Chiropractic Offices, Pain Management Clinics, Beauty Salons, Athletic Clubs, Nursing Homes, Resorts, and Medical Spas.