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massage therapy

Go into the room, undress, wrap your body with the towel provided, lie onto the cushioned table, close your eyes and relax. There is cool, crisp air circulating in the room, the lights are dim and there is soothing music playing.
This is the typical scenario that happens right before a person indulges in a full body massage.

According to the dictionary, the definition of massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or moveable pressure, holding and or causing movement of or to the body.
This ancient cure has been around for centuries. The earliest written records were discovered in Egypt and China around 2500 B.C. Massage therapy is in high demand by many.
Camden County College joined with Our Lady of Lourdes to offer certificate and associates degree programs in this growing field of study. The requirements for the program are rather simple: complete an application with CCC and with Our Lady of Lourdes. Along with the application prospected students must write an essay about their thoughts on holistic medicine.

The program is completed off campus at the Our Lady of Lourdes building at 900 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood. The associates degree takes two years to complete, while the certificate takes a year.
Pileggi said that this massage program is the top in New Jersey, ranking in the 3 percent in the entire country.
Although the schedule fluctuates every semester, students are expected to attend classes two to three days a week for four to 12 hours.
The instructors of these classes teach the basic foundations of holistic medicine including, anatomy, physiology and business.
“About 50 percent of the students who graduate from the program start their own practice,” Frank Pileggi, the director of the program, said.
The certificate program has been in existence since 1991 while the associates degree has been in place for 13 years.
Massage therapy is known to effect the circulation of blood, reduce muscular tension and enhance tissue healing.

lourdeswellnesscenter.org (picture of words in circle)
byregion.net (pic of girls back being massaged)
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