Massage Therapy : Emily Griffith Technical College

Massage Therapy

We have part-time start dates throughout the year! Give us a call at 720-423-4700 to find out when our next available start date is.

Learn how to heal through touch and wellness! 

At Emily Griffith, our Massage Therapy program will give you hands-on experience necessary for a meaningful career as a massage therapist. Our comprehensive curriculum includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, best business practices, ethics and lifestyle wellness–all important skills needed for a career as a massage therapist. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in workshops with massage professionals and attend a variety of field trips, including a human cadaver lab!

Real-world Experience: Practice your massage skills on actual clients at the student-run Emily’s Massage Clinic. Plus you’ll gain the experience to one day open your own massage business! 

Advanced Methods: Learn advanced massage techniques including prenatal massage, cupping, and hot stone massage. 

Convenient classes: Our program is now a part-time afternoon or evening program, so you can fit classes into your schedule. 

High-demand career: Enjoy a 100 percent job placement rate in the Massage Therapy field with your Emily Griffith Massage Therapy certificate.

Want more information? Get the Massage Therapy Program Flyer and the Massage Therapy  Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Massage Therapy Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s Massage Therapy program use their certificate to work as a Massage Therapist in a variety of settings, including:

  • Massage Clinic
  • Sports Massage
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Resorts
  • Casinos
  • Spas
Service Industries
$5,371
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
Part Time Program
10.5 Months
Program length
8/16/2021
Next Start Date
1/18/22
Available Start Dates
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Course Information

Required Courses

HHP 208 Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Presents an intensive study of the musculoskeletal system. Focus will be on understanding the bony structures and the relationship of the muscular system to the skeletal system from a dynamic perspective. Classes include lecture and work with the Maniken system, building muscles with clay on a scaled down and anatomically accurate skeleton. Clinical connections will be made to take the study of anatomy out of the purely technical arena, and into the practical. The other nine systems of the body will be touched on briefly, because to clinically understand the practical applications of anatomy, you have to be aware of the interconnectedness of all systems of the body.

Start Date: 05/10/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
HHP 208 Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Presents an intensive study of the musculoskeletal system. Focus will be on understanding the bony structures and the relationship of the muscular system to the skeletal system from a dynamic perspective. Classes include lecture and work with the Maniken system, building muscles with clay on a scaled down and anatomically accurate skeleton. Clinical connections will be made to take the study of anatomy out of the purely technical arena, and into the practical. The other nine systems of the body will be touched on briefly, because to clinically understand the practical applications of anatomy, you have to be aware of the interconnectedness of all systems of the body.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 105 Lifestyle Wellness

Describes the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to perform therapeutic massage that incorporates an understanding of the physiological and psychological effects and overall health benefits of this modality. This course will cover the history of massage therapy, contraindications, hygiene, session documentation, body mechanics, appropriate draping, and the basic stroke techniques of Swedish massage for seated and table massage. A focus on palpation and increasing comprehension of muscle anatomy will be incorporated throughout this course.

Start Date: 02/28/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 106 A & P for Massage Therapy

Provides a general knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body systems with focus on the anatomy and physiology of the muscular and skeletal systems. This course is designed specifically for individuals specializing in massage therapy.

Start Date: 01/25/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 110 Ethics for Massage Therapy

Focuses on the ethical issues associated with the practice of massage therapy. Emphasis will be on the NCBTMB Code of Ethics, confidentiality of client information, and effective and appropriate interpersonal communication with clients and peers.

Start Date: 01/24/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 111 Basic Massage Therapy

Describes the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to perform therapeutic massage that incorporates an understanding of the physiological and psychological effects and overall health benefits of this modality. This course will cover the history of massage therapy, contraindications, hygiene, session documentation, body mechanics, appropriate draping, and the basic stroke techniques of Swedish massage for seated and table massage. A focus on palpation and increasing comprehension of muscle anatomy will be incorporated throughout this course.

Start Date: 01/18/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 113 Professional Massage

Continues the study of Integrative Therapeutic Massage techniques with emphasis on assessing and meeting clients needs. Students give massage in supervised in-class clinicals, applying appropriate therapeutic intervention.

Start Date: 04/13/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 184 Clinical Massage

Applies skills in a clinical setting. Focuses on improvement of massage thereapy skills, ethics, and communication.

Start Date: 08/18/2021
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 204 MST Business Practices

Assists the practitioner of massage therapy to envision, market, establish and maintain a professional massage therapy practice.

Start Date: 08/16/2021
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 216 Pathology for Massage Therapy

Focuses on basic knowledge of disease and injury to assist the massage therapist to promote healing, ease pain and discomfort, and avoid complications during therapy. With a broad perspective of pathology and specific pathophysiology of diseases contributing to the need for massage therapy, this course provides the foundational science for safe practice.

Start Date: 04/25/2022
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 289 Capstone

Demonstrates the culmination of learning within a given program of study

Start Date: 09/13/2021
Instructor: Jenn Posterick
MST 105 Lifestyle Wellness

Describes the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to perform therapeutic massage that incorporates an understanding of the physiological and psychological effects and overall health benefits of this modality. This course will cover the history of massage therapy, contraindications, hygiene, session documentation, body mechanics, appropriate draping, and the basic stroke techniques of Swedish massage for seated and table massage. A focus on palpation and increasing comprehension of muscle anatomy will be incorporated throughout this course.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 106 A & P for Massage Therapy

Provides a general knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body systems with focus on the anatomy and physiology of the muscular and skeletal systems. This course is designed specifically for individuals specializing in massage therapy.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 110 Ethics for Massage Therapy

Focuses on the ethical issues associated with the practice of massage therapy. Emphasis will be on the NCBTMB Code of Ethics, confidentiality of client information, and effective and appropriate interpersonal communication with clients and peers.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 111 Basic Massage Therapy

Describes the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to perform therapeutic massage that incorporates an understanding of the physiological and psychological effects and overall health benefits of this modality. This course will cover the history of massage therapy, contraindications, hygiene, session documentation, body mechanics, appropriate draping, and the basic stroke techniques of Swedish massage for seated and table massage. A focus on palpation and increasing comprehension of muscle anatomy will be incorporated throughout this course.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 113 Professional Massage

Continues the study of Integrative Therapeutic Massage techniques with emphasis on assessing and meeting clients needs. Students give massage in supervised in-class clinicals, applying appropriate therapeutic intervention.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 184 Clinical Massage

Applies skills in a clinical setting. Focuses on improvement of massage thereapy skills, ethics, and communication.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 204 MST Business Practices

Assists the practitioner of massage therapy to envision, market, establish and maintain a professional massage therapy practice.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 208 Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Provides an advanced and applied study of the musculoskeletal system for massage therapy students, other bodyworkers, and/or movement instructors. This kinesthetic course focuses on the recognition of bony locations of the major nerve pathways, the origins, insertions, and actions of muscles, and other anatomical structures to improve and refine palpation skills.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 216 Pathology for Massage Therapy

Focuses on basic knowledge of disease and injury to assist the massage therapist to promote healing, ease pain and discomfort, and avoid complications during therapy. With a broad perspective of pathology and specific pathophysiology of diseases contributing to the need for massage therapy, this course provides the foundational science for safe practice.

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
MST 289 Capstone

Demonstrates the culmination of learning within a given program of study

Start Date: No upcoming starts available.
EMILY’S STORIES


Helen won a Teacher's Award from the Language Learning Center and also the Best Presentation award for EGTC's Chef's Award Recipient for her empanadas and strudel.

Helen Lee was born in China and grew up in Vietnam before moving to the United States. She came to Emily Griffith after the medical supply company she worked for here in Denver moved to Mexico. 

With the help of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, she was able to take English classes at Emily Griffith, and improve her English skills. But Helen didn’t stop there! She made a plan to pursue technical training so she could get a job of her choosing, and enrolled in the Culinary Arts program, and the Professional Baking program soon after that. 

In March, Helen completed her Culinary Arts training and she is now just a month away from finishing the Professional Baking training, too. She loves the freedom and creativity that baking brings, and enjoys working in the bakery department at Village Inn, where she started in January, because they respect her and appreciate her skills. 

Helen says she is determined to complete everything she puts her mind to, and even though learning can be hard, she will never give up! One day, Helen hopes to work in a place where she can teach others what she knows.

Helen won a Teacher’s Award from the Language Learning Center and also the Best Presentation award for EGTC’s Chef’s Award Recipient for her empanadas and strudel. Congratulations Helen! 

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