Starting a career to become a massage therapist will be one of the most important decisions of your life. After a few months in massage schhol, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
Training programs usually require a high school diploma to get started.
Your state will then usually require 300-1000 hours of in-class training, a certain number of hands-on (massage) hours, and a certain number of continuing education hours.
Prior studies in anatomy, physiology, psychology, and/or business are helpful, but usually not required.
Some schools are selective with students. They may even require a personal interview to determine if you will be able to handle the pressure and rigorous work load required to be in massage therapist school.
You should look for a school that is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and/or state licensed.
Accreditation is important because it tells you that the program has gone through a testing process and they are prepared to teach you what you need to know in order to pass a state or national massage licensing exam.
What will I study to become a therapist?
The training will include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and ethics, as well as the history of massage therapy. Included will be a study of the health benefits of massage therapy.
You will also likely be expected to do a certain number of massages in a student clinic setting with a faculty member supervising.
Unsure if you would be comfortable with massage therapy? Grab a friend and follow this step-by-step guide on " How to Give a Massage ".
Common Questions before Starting Massage School
If you are searching for answers to questions about salaries, how to get the job you want, what types of massage should I learn first, or what is the job outlook is for massage therapists, read answers to these often-asked questions.
Get a National Certification
It is common for many massage therapists to continue on after graduating massage school to take the national certification exam (in some states it is required) to further their massage therapy career, if that is not already a part of your state's licensure requirements.
A national certification just gives you that extra professional recognition and allows you to practice massage therapy in any state.
Join a Professional Association
Joining a professional organization such as American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) can also be helpful because they provide massage therapy insurance, benefits (such as a discount at massage supply companies) and an online directory for those who might be searching for a massage therapist.
Grow and Never Stop Learning
As you experience the benefits of massage therapy, both in giving and receiving massage, you will grow to appreciate the unique qualities of a seasoned massage therapist and you will begin to see a higher massage therapist salary level for your experience.
When you finally become a massage therapist, gaining confidence in your work and feeling your skills improve with each massage, will give you the assurance of knowing that you are providing the best possible care for your clients.
And they will thank you!