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April 24th

Newington Campus Programs

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Professional Massage Therapy Program
(900 Clock Hours / 45.5 Quarter Credits)

Program Length  
Full Time: 42 weeks / 10 months
Part Time: 62 weeks / 15 months

Program Description

This comprehensive massage therapy program prepares students to become successful practicing bodyworkers by giving them a broad knowledge of both therapeutic and clinical techniques. Students learn an eclectic style of therapeutic massage that is based on Swedish theory, which gives them a solid foundation for mastering many different bodywork techniques. They are taught a wide-range of bodywork therapies that includes sports massage, eastern theory, shiatsu and Thai, reflexology, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, neuromuscular assessment and therapy, lymphatic and Russian sports massage, injury techniques, trigger point therapy, and cranial sacral therapy.
The program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology, as well as integrative assessment and documentation. Students gain a solid understanding of the body, enabling them to effectively communicate with other health care professionals and create comprehensive treatment programs for their clients. Professional Ethics and Communication are taught through Cortiva Institute’s business and career development classes, along with training in laws and regulations. The program exceeds standards set by most state and municipal governments for licensing.

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35-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
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Continuing education, for mind, body and spirit

Your license is just the beginning: the more you continue to learn, the more you’ll thrive.

Our continuing education programs evolve with industry trends to carry you throughout your career—and help you build the skills you’ll need to expand your practice, and grow your business.

Expert faculty focused on you

Our instructors are second to none: top professionals in their field who make your success their top priority.

Rich is dedicated to helping his clients enhance their optimum health and performance. He brings this passion to education, helping his students develop the same attention to their clients’ well-being.

  • Teaches Sports Massage and Orthopedic Assessment
  • Specialties in functional orthopedic assessment and rehabilitation massage
  • Graduate of Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Co-owner, Family Therapeutic Massage Center, Southington
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
  • Olympic Medical Service Team, 1996
  • Olympic Sports Massage Team, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016
  • Former Sports Massage Co-Director, Connecticut Chapter, American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Former Coordinator, Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT), Connecticut Chapter, AMTA
  • Deployed to Ground Zero following 9/11 with MERT, Connecticut Chapter, AMTA
  • AMTA National Sports Team Member of the Year, 2010

Sandy believes that massage therapy is beneficial to the healing process on many levels. She loves teaching because it allows her to support students’ personal growth and education. Her passion grows as she observes the direct link between wellness and the intention of the heart-hand connection.

  • Graduate of Cortiva/Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
  • Former private manicure, pedicure and energy instructor
  • Former barber/stylist and salon/spa
  • Former Reiki practitioner

Rich Testa

Rich Testa

Sandy Cook

Sandy Cook
Instructor and Massage Therapy Department Chair

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