Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons – to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain, and promote overall health and wellness. At MiraCosta College, students are not simply going to a massage school - they are studying to be a healthcare professional that provides massage therapy. Graduates of the program seek employment in a variety of settings, such as physician offices, health and wellness centers, hotels and resorts, physical therapy centers, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, sports organizations, day spas, cruise ships, and private practice. Employment of professional massage therapists is expanding. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20 percent growth in massage therapy employment between 2010 and 2020. The Massage Therapy certificates meet State requirements and we encourage our students to obtain national certifications through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) and/or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) governed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.