Alabama College to Offer Massage Therapy Classes

The Northeast Alabama Community College has announces that it will be providing students with the opportunity to earn a certificate and degree in massage therapy.

The Associate in Applied Science degree from the school will provide training in salon management and spa management, as well as education in massage therapy, cosmetology, and other spa disciplines.

Massage therapy classes will be taught by two professors at the school, Debra Sewell and Juli Roden. They will instruct classes in massage therapy techniques that go beyond relaxation massage and into the realms of deep tissue and muscle massage intended to help relieve pain.

Students who are able to complete the coursework and graduate from the massage therapy school will be eligible to take the licensing exam from the Alabama Board of Message Therapy.

The massage therapy classes and overall spa program at the Northeastern Alabama Community College is the first like it in Alabama. The Director of Workforce Development, Mike Kennamer, at the school says that the setup is intentional and most of the students who take classes like cosmetology and massage therapy are interested in starting their own business in the future.

“Since the vast majority of students in cosmetology and massage therapy desire to start their own business at some point in the future, we have built business and entrepreneurial courses into the curriculum,” Kennamer told the Daily Sentinel.

The massage therapy school and related curriculum will be held in the Salon Institute at the college, which houses an updated facility currently in use by the cosmetology program. There is a full service salon at the location where massage therapy students will study and the salon is open to the public.

The school’s president, Dr. David Campbell, said that Northeast Alabama Community College is please to offer the program, which is created based on public requests in the area.

“I think visitors will be impressed with how nice and modern a facility it is.  Mrs. Clement in particular has done a great job in designing and decorating the Salon Institute.” Dr. Campbell said.

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