CAC massage therapy grads putting their local stamp on well-known massage franchise

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist 

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – If you’ve driven around the Southeast East Valley, chances are you’ve passed a Massage Envy location. 

As a franchise, Massage Envy has become as omnipresent as Wendy’s or, perhaps, even Subway. It’s safe to say that Massage Envy has become very familiar to those living in the Grand Canyon State and may come to mind first when we think of the numerous places we can go in Arizona to get a massage. 

What you may not know, however, is that not only are graduates of Central Arizona College’s massage therapy program employed by the franchise, they’re thriving at Massage Envy. 

According to the company, CAC grad Sara Moomey, who works at the Queen Creek location, was the most sought-after massage therapist among the chain’s East Valley locations in the month of December of 2012. A whopping 70.9 percent of her business came from clients who pre-booked their appointments with her. 

In January of 2013, Moomey passed the torched over to fellow CAC grad Sarah Sleeper who earned 65.4 percent of her business from pre-bookings at the Chandler location. 

Additionally, Willie Boedeker, who supervises the massage clinic at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus, is also a Massage Envy therapist. She led the franchise’s East Valley with a 62.5 percent pre-booking rate from its Ahwatukee location last November. 

Simply stated, CAC massage therapy grads enter the workforce well-trained and their customers have taken notice. 

“I think CAC more than prepared me [to be a massage therapist],” Sleeper says. “I believe that my classmates and I are better therapists than those at any of the other top-dollar schools that cost $15,000 or $16,000. And I think the individual attention and help you get are what sets our program apart from anyone else.” 

All three therapists received their certificates from Central Arizona College after completing CAC’s 700-hour massage therapy program. With that certificate, students are qualified to be licensed massage therapists in Arizona. 

In addition to running their own private practices, many massage therapy grads have gone on to work in day spas such as Massage Envy, as well as in the offices of chiropractor, at resorts, and even on cruise ships. 

According to Susan Pomfret, director of the massage therapy program at CAC, those thinking about pursuing a career in what has become a growing field - especially in Arizona that boasts many world-class resorts - would be wise to start at CAC. 

Pomfret compared the training and individual attention students receive at CAC with what they would get at other, more well-known - and more expensive - massage schools that admit and teach exponentially more students at one time. 

“Between the cost of attending CAC and our small class sizes, I think we’re the best kept secret in Arizona,” Pomfret said.

During the course of the program, students learn several massage modalities including relaxation, chair, sports, hot stones, pregnancy and geriatric massage. As part of the massage therapy program, students also complete a state-approved chiropractic assistant program.

Together, these courses prepare students completing certificates for entry-level positions in any of the aforementioned venues. The requisite 180 hours each student spends in the clinic provides supervised, hands-on practice. In this safe environment, students learn to work with a wide variety of clients as they perfect their techniques.

Students who are squeamish about being in close proximity to others need not apply. All of the program’s students are required to participate fully in all massage classes. This includes exchanging practice sessions with every student in the class. Class enrollment is limited and each student receives individual attention during class and clinic time. 

For more information regarding CAC’s massage therapy program, contact Susan Pomfret at 480-600-0908 or by email at susan.pomfret@centralaz.edu.
Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814