Does a nursing degree help in massage therapy?

Yes, it can help. Choosing the right school is also very important. Check out www.amtamassage.org and www.comta.org for qualified programs in your area.

As for the nursing degree, if you already have it, that is good but it is definitely not necessary.

Massage anatomy and physiology is a lot more focused on skeletal muscles and musculoskeletal pathology than nursing, per se. Most of the time nurses can use their massage education for CEU's.

Massage definitely helps in nursing. Having the massage certification as a nurse makes you very valuable to the patients, the hospital, and the doctors.