I have seen Massage incorporated in the programs at hospitals. I have not started any but have been a part of the Volunteer Program at a local hospital for some time now. I massage patients on the Rehab Floor and I work on Nurses directly on the various floors. There is also a Nurse, through Occupational Health at the Hospital, that works on the Staff; you sign up on a sheet and "go to her office" for the appointment.
I hope someone writes in about their direct work with patients in ICU. Your work there will be very rewarding and beneficial. I hope we get to hear about your progress.
Certification is what you will have when you get your hours and sit for the Boards for Massage Therapy. You will be a Certified Massage Therapy (CMT). The states vary with their requirements. I am in a state where I am not required to have a license. As a Nurse, I can provide services that I have special training in. Here is the link for the National Certification:
I am not a member to the above; I have not gone to school for verfiable hours totaling 500 hours. I have taken multiple classes in massage. I was searching for, and could not find a link I used to have that listed the states who had to have specific lisensure. I will look more and post later, hopefully, in the week.
I have often thought of researching for grants and loans for massage in the Community. I am particularly interested in the elderly for massage.