The Madison College Therapeutic Massage Program (800 hours, 28 credits) is designed to provide students with a thorough foundation in the theory and practice of therapeutic massage. As an entry level training program, students develop expertise in western massage techniques and learn to adapt their skills to a variety of clients including pregnant women, geriatric clients and individuals with particular health challenges. Significant emphasis is placed on professional skills, the therapeutic relationship, treatment planning and enhanced body-mind awareness. In their second semester, students are introduced to clinical approaches to therapeutic massage such as trigger point therapy and sports massage and they also explore spa therapies such as hydrotherapy, hot stone and aromatherapy. Students gain a foundational understanding of eastern bodywork theory and technique and examine a variety of specialized modalities. In the final course of the program students synthesize and refine their massage techniques and treatment planning skills within a professional clinic setting. Students learn valuable skills such as: appointment scheduling, record keeping, customer service and professional communication. Students also explore career opportunities, examine Wisconsinâ€™s requirements for licensure and prepare for the national and state exams. Upon completion of the program, all students are eligible to become licensed massage therapists in the state of Wisconsin.