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Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough", cf. Greek verb μάσσω (massō) "to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.

Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.

In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets. Those who practice massage as a career are referred to as masseurs, masseuses, or, if certified, as massage therapists.

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Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $11,680 average out-state tuition; $11,680 average in-state tuition
New York College of Health Professions
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $11,880 average out-state tuition; $11,880 average in-state tuition
Heritage College-Kansas City
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Heritage College-Oklahoma City
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Bryan College-Gold River
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Heritage Institute-Jacksonville
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Heritage Institute-Ft Myers
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Massage Therapy Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program $7,500 May 05, 2017
Dr. Benjamin Cottone Memorial Scholarship $5,000 April 15, 2017
3+1 Healthcare Scholarship $2,500 March 23, 2017
Health and Life Science Scholarship - IUPUI Up to $2,500 May 15, 2017
Kuhl Insurance Scholarship $2,000 April 01, 2017
AMN/HCC Scholarship Contest $2,000 July 31, 2017
Melvin O. and Loraine N. Moehle Scholarship Up to $1,500 April 01, 2017
Sandy Hamilton Scholarship $1,000 April 01, 2017
Wolf-Hungate Scholarship $1,000 April 01, 2017
Washington Rotary Scholarship - ICC Up to $1,000 April 01, 2017