Massage Therapists specialize in professional massage treatments designed to support the health and well-being of clients. Skillful massage also assists clients in the recovery of physical ailments and reduces the ill-effects of stress. Massage therapy students learn the fundamental techniques needed to perform effective massage treatments, as well as the theory behind delivering professional massage. Massage therapy has a broad range of benefits including relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, recovery from injury, while promoting good health. Clients receiving professional massage include athletes, the elderly, performers, and the general public. Even animals enjoy the benefits of massage. After successful completion of the Massage Therapy program, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).