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Iowa Lakes expands massage therapy program

December 14, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Iowa Lakes Community College has expanded its massage therapy program to include an evening program in Algona, starting in January.

Janet Gentle, program director, said the 11-month program which started in Spencer in 2004, will now allow two start dates - August in Spencer and January in Algona.

Gentle said graduates have had good luck in finding employment. Typical charges for massages are $25 to $35 per half hour and $45 to $60 per hour with practitioners earning up to $30,000 a year or more. Employment includes chiropractic offices, salons, health clubs, sport centers, hospitals, cruise ships and entrepreneurial opportunities. Graduates can open their own business, work with geriatric people or try a number of other options. At the end of the program, graduates receive a diploma and qualify to take boards for the state exam. The program includes the fee for the state boards.

The program includes anatomy and physiology, Swedish massage technique, chair massages, a health and wellness program for the massage therapist, kinesiology, a spa program, treatment of various patients including pregnant women and geriatrics, deep tissue massage and ethics.

Gentle said the program can handle up to 20 students. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Gentle said the program is a good opportunity for mothers with children who would like to find work that can accommodate their busy schedules.

Gentle is herself a practitioner, doing business as Gentle Therapeutic Massage, having been in the industry for 18 years.

Gentle said the type of person most suited to a career in massage therapy would be kindhearted and self-motivated person who likes working with the public.

To learn more about the program, contact Gentle at or contact admissions at (877) 807-9585.



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