WCTM is under the sole ownershipo of corporation by Gloria Waldrip. She has develoved WCTM’s program to meet or exceed all current state and national requirements.
Our teaching philosophy is to honor and inspire the individual in a supportive environment. We encourage our students to use this program as a tool for both professional development and personal growth.
Our comprehensive training makes it possible for you to begin a career in massage that suits your professional needs. Do you enjoy traveling and meeting new people? Perhaps being a massage therapist on a cruise ship is where you see yourself. Or does the medical side of massage therapy appeal to you more? Maybe you’d like to practice massage in a chiropractic office, rehabilitation clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. There’s also the glamorous side of massage where you can work in a salon, spa, or resort setting. And finally, if you want the flexibility of setting your own schedule and like the idea of being your own boss, you could own a massage therapy business. Whatever your specialized massage goals, WCTM will provide the knowledge for you to succeed.
WCTM began our first class of instruction in February 2008. We have since either maintained or surpassed the state mandated pass rate of national average. WCTM’s curriculum has been carefully crafted to provide a comprehensive, broad-based approach to learning the art and science of Therapeutic Massage. Our teaching staff’s dedication to clinical practice ensures that our curriculum focuses principally on Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
You will study Anatomy & Physiology; Kinesiology; Pathology; Shiatsu and Acupressure; Reflexology; Energy Balancing modalities; Hydrotherapy; Sports Massage; Myofascial Release; Special Populations such as pregnant clients, elderly clients, and clients with impairments; as well as a core curriculum of Swedish and therapeutic massage.
Our approach in teaching such a variety of modalities is to clarify the understanding principles which unify them. Our students develop the skill and talent to use these tools through many hours of hands-on, classroom practice under close instructor supervision.
A commitment to an ethical and therapeutic approach to massage therapy is at the core of our program. This consists of foundation courses that combine scientific knowledge of the body, an array of massage techniques, communication skills, business practices, and state law information in order for you to be prepared for a career in massage therapy. A clinical practicum course gives you invaluable supervised experience providing massage services to the public, after first practicing techniques with fellow students. Unlike many massage therapy schools, we have in-class massage clinic to ensure that not only do you understand massage technique, but that you are also client-centered. We do this through teaching the intake and interview process, and instructors are always nearby to ensure if a question arises, someone is there to help answer and guide you through the needed information. This means you become an effective and successful massage therapist.
After completing our 700 hour, full-time, massage therapy program, students are eligible and encouraged to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination. Graduates are academically eligible to be licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy and may begin work immediately. Visit the American Massage Therapy Association website to review licensing requirements of all states: http://www.amtamassage.org.
Waldrip Center for Therapeutic Massage is located at 3018 Cliff Gookin Boulevard, Tupelo, MS 38801. For more information call (662) 407-0578.
Waldrip Center for Therapeutic Massage is accredited by COMTA, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue,NW, Washington, DC, 20015 Phone 202-895-1518 Fax 202- 895 – 1519, www.comta.org