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SpaBeautySchools.com Featured School of the Week August 19, 2007: Bancroft School of Massage Therapy

If you like the idea of helping people or animals through natural and noninvasive methods, then Bancroft School of Massage Therapy , located in Worcester, Massachusetts offers prospective students’ state of the art facilities with diverse educational selections from which to choose in both professional Massage therapy and animal massage therapy.

Director of Admissions and Student Services, Judy Morin takes pride in the school’s personalized attention to students. “We want to make sure that students can achieve a long-term career. Our students aren’t just numbers; we treat them as individuals so they can fulfill professional careers as massage therapists.” Meeting most licensing requirements across the United States, students who participate in Bancroft School of Massage Therapy’s Professional Massage Therapy Certificate Program will be fully prepared to take the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork upon successful completion of all required coursework. Extending both full and part-time massage therapy programs in this field of study, Morin added, “Our curriculum can be completed in nine, 13 or 17 months. We offer both full-time (day) and part-time (evening) schedules to accommodate lifestyles.”

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Morin also emphasized the school’s essential curriculum, “Our (massage therapy) program is 45.5 credits and that allows students to apply for licensing in just about any state.” This comprehensive Professional Massage Therapy Certificate Program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, massage techniques, Asian massage techniques, seated massage, spa techniques, hydrotherapy, clinic practicum, health (first aid and CPR), business and ethics, among other related courses. In addition to its in-depth curriculum, Morin says the school teaches the Bancroft method, a Swedish massage therapy. “It’s seamless when administered correctly…it’s flawless. It starts from the head, neck to the abdomen in nice, sequential rhythmic pattern,” she explains. “[Massage therapists] have an automatic sense to work around the body.”

Always keeping up to date with the latest and most innovative techniques, Bancroft School of Massage Therapy also provides a 200-hour Small Animal Massage therapy program to individuals, who prefer working with our canine and feline friends. As a professional animal massage therapist, individuals can work in pet shops, veterinary offices, and other animal facilities. In this course of study, students learn about small animal anatomy, pathologies; small animal behavior, handling and management; animal first aid and CPR, species and breeds, massage techniques, biomechanics, gait analysis, passive range of motion exercises, and energy healing, and more.