Week 1: What Happens in our Massage Therapy Short-term Certificate Program?

 

When people hear “short-term certificate,” it is not always clear if everyone is talking about the same thing.  The massage therapy certificate program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology is a 5-month program designed to get students trained in the skills needed to practice massage therapy.

 

Recently, our current class completed their first week of courses.  Our massage therapy program chairs at our Woodbury and Plymouth campuses, Denise Radcliffe and Diana Oberg, gave some insight into what our students were already doing by the end of week one.

 

What was the class able to start doing during week 1?

 

We started learning about the body- body systems, bones, endangerment sites, and how it all relates to massage.  It is very important that students begin to get an understanding of the language of the body.  We also worked on how to communicate through touch.  This is key to a massage therapist’s profession.

 

We spent some time on what qualities it takes to be a massage therapist and the professionalism and presentation of self.  It is very important they learn how to allow yourself to be mindful and to understand the sacred space of the table and creating a safe environment for them and their clients.  We go over the importance of proper draping.  This is key to creating a safe space and boundaries for the client.

 

Of course, we began learning the “chi dance” or body mechanics and utilizing your core for power.  We also started learning how to perform the first couple of massage strokes.  This allowed them to practice their mechanics at the table.

Vertebrae location
Students use stickers to identify the location of different parts of the vertebrae.

How is what they are learning in week 1 important to the rest of their training and career?

 

These foundational skills are critical to moving forward in the program and in being successful as a therapist. We talked a lot about how massage is an art form and how we are a complementary medicine. If they can grasp and solidify these foundational skills they will be set up to build from there.

 

We talk a lot about taking care of our bodies so they can perform for years to come. Most people do not know how strenuous it is to be a massage therapist. It is important to know how everything works together.  Knowing the endangerment sites helps to ensure they will safely massage each other and their clients.  We also integrate and talk about the holistic picture of what they are leaning and how it relates to their success.

Muscle fiber direction
Students draw the direction that the facial and neck muscle fibers run on a fellow student.

How do you feel week 1 went for you and your students?

 

Denise Radcliffe (Woodbury): “I love having them day after day.  They are living in the massage paradigm and getting to see what it takes to do massage day after day.  The total immersion of their learning is accelerating their proficiency.  One of the students commented they appreciated learning about the level of professionalism in massage therapy.”

 

Diana Oberg (Plymouth): “I feel like things went amazingly well.  The students have bonded and are working so well together.  They are eager to learn and have great questions (and a lot of them)! One student stated that she loves the day-long format because it is like going to a job every day and teaches them what a day could be like as a massage therapist.”

 

Find out more about the short-term certificate program

 

If you see yourself fitting into a classroom and program like this one, check out our massage therapy program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.  We have two locations in Plymouth and Woodbury.  Next set of massage classes starts on April 2nd so set up a time today to find out more.

 

Contact the Plymouth campus at: 763.404.4800

 

Contact the Woodbury campus at: 651.287.2180

 

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Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth hosted their 3rd annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, May 14, and Monday, May 16. This year’s theme was “Behind the Mask,” and featured looks inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale, and Mardi Gras.IMG_8118

MSC fashion shows are set up as a reverse career fair. Students create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look, and salon employers and recruiters are able to meet and greet MSC students. We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals who attend the show.

After the show, we gave the salons and industry professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

We had our students choose the groups they worked with, as well as choose to create a look inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale or Mardi Gras. Our students also chose their own music for the show. MSC students prepared for about a month prior to the show, and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come to the event and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Fall Fashion Show! Thank you for supporting our students!
European Wax Center
Fantastic Sams
GENT Cuts and Grooming
Great Clips
JCPenney Salons
JUUT SalonSpa
MASK Hair Designs and Day Spa
New Reflections Salon
Regis Salons
Salon at Macy’s
SOJO
Supercuts
ULTA Beauty
The Woodhouse Day Spa

You can check all the looks from the fashion show on our Facebook page!

MSC Student Gives Michele Bachmann a New Style and New Look!

Michele Bachmann new hair cutWritten by Jill Hocking, Campus Director

Michele Bachmann, former politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Minnesota School of Cosmetology this week and left with a whole new look and a very big smile!

Ms. Bachmann, who represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district from 2007-2015, has been visiting Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury for five years.  She is one of our regular clients who continues to give back to higher education and student learning.

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology our students study the art of hair, skin and nails for 10-12 months to gain the requirements necessary to become a licensed cosmetologist.  One of the requirements is to perform salon services on clients. In order to advance in their technical skills and become savvy cosmetologists, they need to have people in the community who are willing to come to the school for hair colors, perms, relaxers, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, makeup applications and facials.

Ms. Bachmann has been providing that one-on-one ability for our students to hone their skills by supporting them with regular visits.  This week, Ms. Bachmann took a big leap.  She came in for her typical 1-2 inch trim but changed her mind and decided to spice things up a bit.  Instead she took off nearly 12 inches! Ms. Bachmann shared with her stylist/MSC student, Kim Castro that she has had long hair for 19 years and she was ready for a change.

Castro also shared, “Ms. Bachmann was very pleasant, she was interacting with me the whole time and we had a very enjoyable conversations.  She shared with me that she’s been coming here for five years and the reason she continues to keep returning is because she likes it here and enjoys meeting all the different students”.

To learn more about our program or the services we provide to the public, visit msccollege.edu.