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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
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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
Clarence and Marie Woolf Medical Scholarship $5,000 January 18, 2017
Health and Life Science Scholarship - IUPUI Up to $2,500 May 15, 2017
Infant Welfare Circle - Emma K. Jacquot Scholarship $2,000 March 01, 2017
Charles and Bernard Duesler Scholarship $2,000 January 18, 2017
Cheatham County Health Care Scholarship $1,800 March 01, 2017
Max Sneary, M.D. Memorial Scholarship $1,000 January 18, 2017
Dr. L.L. Cull Health Care Scholarship Up to $500 March 15, 2017
S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship Up to $1,000 February 01, 2017
Mr. and Mrs. K.R. Hodges Scholarship Up to $500 March 01, 2017
Texas Dental Specialists Health Professions Scholarship $500 July 01, 2017