The Illinois Board of Education has approved three new massage programs at the Chicago branch of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The certificate programs in Tui Na, Massage Therapy, and Oriental Body Therapy are due to begin this September.
The Tui Na certificate program, which requires 196 hours of training, will allow licensed massage therapists to develop a specialty within their practice. Tui Na, literally translated as "pushing and grasping", is central to Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the world's earliest recorded form of massage. Pacific's certificate in Tui Na will provide students with non-invasive methods of treating structural and soft tissue dysfunction.
The Massage Therapy program will consist of 518 hours of training in general Oriental massage and requires a high school diploma or GED for entry. Successful completion of the Massage Therapy program will provide graduates with minimum requirements for licensure in the state of Illinois.
The Oriental Body Therapy (OBT) program will consist of 693 hours of training, and is ideal for anyone interested in Pacific College's master's degree program in Traditional Oriental Medicine. The OBT program requires an associate's degree for entry, and stresses both Oriental medical theory and practical knowledge about massage. Upon completion, a practitioner receives certification by the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association.
While several other colleges in the Chicago area also offer massage programs, Pacific's massage programs are unique in that they will emphasize Asian therapeutic techniques rather than primarily focusing on Western or Swedish protocols.
According to Pacific's Chief Operating Officer, Jennifier Min Young Park, "We saw a need and a demand for training in Asian bodywork in Chicago. No one else was doing it despite the large market for massage in the area. Many integrated medical facilities as well as athletic trainers here use it. It's a niche were more than happy and qualified to fill. And the students in our Masters program will find it a nice complement to their training as well."
The College will also offer clinical training, financial assistance, and flexible schedules to students in its massage programs.
On August 24, 1999, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved Pacific College as the first graduate program in Oriental medicine in the state. College of Oriental Medicine is located at 3646 N. Broadway, 3rd Floor in Chicago. For more information on the College and its programs, please call (888) 729-4811.