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Center for Natural Wellness - Vision and Philosophy

At the Center For Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy (CNWSMT) we believe that a dynamic therapist is one who combines knowledge and excellent bodywork with a deep honoring of the transformational energy of loving touch. Through a comprehensive program of study that carefully balances the art and science of therapeutic massage the program strives to enrich the lives of its students. By empowering students with knowledge and understanding of the human body, they will be able to speak intelligently and professionally to their clients and other health care practitioners about the importance of massage therapy in preventive and palliative care.

An important aspect of being a compassionate body-worker is self-awareness. Our program provides students with the opportunity to grow personally and examine their own relationship to self and others in a supportive environment. They are encouraged to bring mindfulness and awareness to each moment in order to experience their lives more completely. This balancing of body, mind and spirit naturally allows health and wellness to arise.

Our highly trained faculty is deeply committed to creating a safe, nurturing and intimate learning community that honors the diversity and unique gifts that each student possesses. We believe that human beings excel when encouraged to be fully who they are. The process of becoming a massage therapist is a life changing experience that allows individuals to bring their hearts more openly into their work. Our staff maintains high standards of integrity, character, and ethics, while cultivating these qualities in each one of our students.

Educational Goals and Objectives

The school's primary goal is to prepare each student to meet and exceed the requirements of the New York State licensing exam for Massage Therapy. Our school's instructional environment fosters a solid foundation in the practice of massage therapy with numerous science classes that prepare students to fully comprehend body systems. Students have the opportunity to explore many different hands-on techniques of holistic bodywork as well as engage in outside activities that help communities better understand how massage therapy can improve health and emotional well-being. Our staff strives to unfold each student's special talents and abilities into a deeper understanding of the art of massage therapy and other natural healing modalities by adhering to the following objectives:

  • To provide each student with a quality learning environment.
  • To employ faculty and staff who are dedicated health practitioners or massage therapists and who possess exemplary educational and ethical standards.
  • To provide an educational experience consisting of the art, science, practice and ethics of massage therapy.
  • To provide every student with a wide range of academic and career enhancement opportunities.
  • To encourage personal growth and self-awareness among faculty and students.

CNWSMT believes that alternative healing techniques including therapeutic massage will continue to play a vital role in preventive medicine and that massage therapists will work hand-in-hand with the traditional medical establishment in the 21st century to create a new model of wellness. Through our comprehensive program, graduates will go into the professional world confident of their skills and calling as massage therapists.

Fostering the Highest Standards of Practice

CNWSMT recognizes that education and lifelong learning are critical components in maintaining the highest standards of practice. Practitioners of therapeutic massage often choose to develop an area of specialty after graduation. We encourage the entire holistic bodywork community to strive for excellence and we expect no less from our students. We offer a variety of continuing education programs and other resources to uphold the standards of the profession.

We are very proud of our graduates overall success in passing the New York State licensing exam and the National Certification Exam. Our high pass rates are evidence of the strong massage therapy program offered here at CNWSMT.

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