Massage therapists manipulate the soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments to reduces stress, improve circulation and relax muscles. Popular types of massage include deep tissue, Swedish, shiatsu and myofascial release. Massage therapy can be used in conjunction with other treatments including hydrotherapy, chiropractic, ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation and spinal adjustments. Massage therapists in the state of Nebraska must be licensed to practice.
Licensing and Regulation
The state of Nebraska is one of twenty-nine states which require that a massage therapist be licensed. The Nebraska Massage Therapy Board requires that a massage therapist license candidate be at least eighteen years of age, must have obtained a high school diploma or equivalency degree, must have graduated from an approved massage therapy program and passed both a written and a practical examination to obtain licensure.
Four examinations are accepted for Nebraska massage therapy licensing including the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM), the Advanced Certification Examination (ACE) and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Once the massage therapist candidate has passed an approved exam, they may apply for licensure with the Nebraska Massage Therapy Board.
Nebraska Massage Therapy Schools
The Nebraska Massage Therapy Board currently lists six schools in the state of Nebraska which meet the state’s licensure requirements. Approved schools are located in Bellevue, Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.
To meet the requirements and receive the designation as an approved school in Nebraska, a massage therapy school must have staff which includes a licensed physician and at least one massage therapist. Additionally, the school is also required to provide a minimum of one thousand hours of study and training. Coursework will include at least one hundred hours each of physiology, anatomy, massage, pathology, hydrotherapy, hygiene and health service management. The remaining three hundred educational hours must be in clinical practice. The duration of an approved massage therapy training program is at least nine months.
Midwest School of Massage
10159 J Street
Omaha, NE 68127
6020 South 58th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Omaha School of Massage
9748 Park Drive
Omaha, NE 68127
Universal College of Healing Arts
8702 N. 30th St.
Omaha, NE 68132
Nebraska College of Massage Therapy
6020 S. 58th St.
Lincoln, NE 68516
Dr. Welbes College of Clinical Massage
2237 to 2239 Franklin St.
Bellevue, NE 68005
Finding a Massage Therapist in Nebraska
Finding a licensed massage therapist in Nebraska can be accomplished by contacting the Nebraska Massage Therapy Board:
Nebraska Massage Therapy Board
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th and M Streets
Lincoln, NE 68509
A listing of licensed massage therapists can also be obtained from the American Massage Therapy Association’s website at www.amtamassage.org.
Cost of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy ranges in cost depending on the community, the level of experience of the massage therapist and the type of establishment that the massage is provided. Massage therapists work in chiropractic clinics, naturopathic physician’s offices and spas as well as in private practice. As a result, fees can range from a love of $45 per hour to over $100 per hour.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/crl/statutes/Massage%20Therapy.pdf
American Massage Therapy Association: