Important Notice

De Anza College has discontinued its Massage Therapy degree and certificate program as of fall 2018. Massage classes (courses with prefix MASG) will no longer be offered to new students, although students who have already begun the program will have the opportunity to complete their required courses.

Current students should contact program counselor Louise Madrigal as soon as possible, at or 408.964.5842, to make sure they are enrolled in required courses.

Prospective students interested in massage may wish to consider other schools approved by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), such as Calistoga Massage Therapy School, McKinnon Body Therapy Center, National Holistic Institute or Skyline College. For more options visit the CAMTC website.

Massage therapists help clients reduce pain, improve range of motion, and counteract the negative effects that unchecked stress has on the human mind and body. Aside from outdoor events such as health fairs, most massage therapy work is done indoors in massage clinics, health clubs, doctor's offices, spas or corporate settings. A massage therapist's hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows are used in gliding, rubbing, kneading, and friction techniques to apply pressure to muscle tissue and to facilitate joint mobilization according to their clients' physical condition, needs and desires. Moist heat, ice, diaphragmatic breathing and therapeutic exercises are also used when providing massage therapy.

Employment Outlook

massage therapistThe California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for massage therapists to increase by 10%. For more detailed information about opportunities for massage therapists, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below:

  • Massage Therapists (SOC 31-9011)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success

Potential massage therapists should be in good health because this work is physically demanding. Evening and weekend work are common as are long periods of standing and reaching.

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