Online massage therapy schools claim to offer students the opportunity to learn classroom subjects through online studies, rather than in a live classroom setting.
It is the opinion of Massage Education Guide staff that learning massage therapy, in order to practice massage therapy, cannot be provided online.
Hands-on massage techniques must be taught in a class or student clinic setting. Online classes in massage therapy cannot possibly teach different techniques of massage, or fully prepare students to interact with clients in a professional therapeutic environment.
In addition to massage techniques, you must learn anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, ethics, and laws regarding massage, business practices, as well as briefly studying specialized massage like pregnancy, shiatsu, or elder massage.
When trying to decide if online massage therapy schools are worth the effort, money, and time, consider these factors:
If you think you might be interested in a massage therapy career, educational massage videos with demonstrations of massage techniques might be the best way to learn about what is actually required of therapists in a professional massage office.
This book, Massage Therapy Career Guide for Hands-On Success teaches how to choose the school that's best for you, how to grow your clientele, and how to create financial stability in your massage therapy business.
For any massage therapy courses you choose, check with your state massage board regarding massage therapy classes to see what type of school/massage training is required in your state for licensure.
Online schools are very new in the educational world of massage, so beware! Check with your state board, and even the national board, to ensure any online massage therapy schools that interests you have the proper accreditation and license to teach you what you need to know to be certified or licensed in your state.