Our massage program is designed to help students take full advantage of the opportunity for personal growth that spontaneously arises when people give and receive skilled touch at the level of intensity that massage training requires. It is typical for students to experience a new sense of self-awareness, the resurfacing of memories and their associated emotions, and a new level of exploration into their values and philosophy on life. The curriculum includes discussion of personal growth and the power of the connection between body, mind and spirit. Students are encouraged to gain new understandings of themselves and others in the context of their classroom activities.
As a result, The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy recognizes the importance of having a program in place to assist students and their families who are facing issues in their lives that are intruding on their experience at CNWSMT. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) allows every student at CNWSMT up to four counseling sessions with Human Resource Associates, a professional counseling organization with over twenty-five years of experience. This service is confidential and free of charge to CNWSMT students and their dependents.
Student Mentoring Program
New students at CNWSMT are given the opportunity to pair up with a senior student who can be a mentor to them. Whether it is answering questions about the school, studying together or doing massage exchanges, most students report that it is a great way to feel more connected to the CNWSMT community as they enter a new program.
Career Skills Training
Professional Development is a course that builds a strong foundation of career knowledge and skills for students approaching graduation from massage school. This introduction to business helps students transition into the field of massage therapy and build a successful career. Whether graduates choose to start their own business or work for an already established employer, this course covers the professional basics necessary for entry into the wonderful field of massage therapy.
Topics covered include goal setting, dealing with clients, motivation, business start-up, taxes, interviewing, massage law, licensure, and ethics. During the course, students will have special presentations offered by experts in the field of marketing, career startup, accounting, job coaching and placement. All students will create a draft business plan to help them outline the steps necessary to begin their new career, and leave CNWSMT with an understanding of the opportunities open to new therapists entering the field of massage.
The School strives to support students in their academic pursuits at the school and closely monitors their performance. All students meet at least twice a year with the Program Director. This is an opportunity to discuss a student's progress and experience of the program. Instructors in classes 75 hours or longer have weekly tutoring sessions where students who need extra help can receive more individualized attention. In addition, students can set up one-to-one tutorials with instructors for a fee of $30/hour.
CNWSMT is primarily a commuter-based institution and does not provide resident facilities for students. However, affordable housing is available in the Albany area. The Times Union, Albany's daily newspaper, is a valuable and up-to date resource for housing in Albany and the surrounding areas. Also check www.timesunion.com and use their classifieds search engine to find apartments based on your specifications of size, price and location.