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How to choose massage therapy schools

Updated on October 30, 2013

Massage therapy is recognized all over the world, as a great alternative form of medical treatment. Due to the popularity of the wellness programs, the popularity of the massage therapy schools has increased tremendously. If you are keen to start your career as a massage therapist you need to choose a good school that can help you gain the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this career.


Although there are hundreds of massage schools offering different kinds of training programs, it is best to make the choice as per your specific needs and requirements. The choice of training program must match your career objectives and also suit your budget and location. Many schools also offer online programs for working professionals and this can enable you to complete them as per your convenience.


Tips for choosing massage therapy schools


The first thing that you need to do when choosing schools for learning massage therapy is to ascertain the education requirements for a massage therapist in your state. You need to understand that there are significant differences in the curriculum and teaching methodology of each school and you need to make the choice after adequate research.


It is advisable to ascertain how long the school has been offering these training programs. Schools that are reputed usually have many years of experience and this can help get the best possible education. You need to check whether the school is solely devoted to providing massage therapy programs or whether it offers other vocational training programs too.


The next important thing that you need to focus on when making the choice is to check if the school is accredited by a reputed agency. You can be assured of the reputation and credibility of the school if it is accredited. Apart from this you also need to pay attention to the curriculum of the different training programs offered. It is advisable to check the curriculum before you choose the training program of your choice.

What are the requirements needed required to become a massage therapist?


A high school diploma or degree is needed for admission to the various courses.The training program consists of teaching different types of massages used for treating various body ailments. You might be surprised to know that there are nearly 80 different types of massages styles available. The massage therapy schools where you plan to complete the course must be accredited.


After graduating from a training program the student may apply for a license to practice. You might be required to pass an examination to get the license. The topics that you may be required to learn include knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, therapeutic massage assessment and therapeutic massage application.


The certification that you may require to practice may vary from one state to the other. The license obtained must be renewed periodically by taking up education or training for a specified number of hours every four years.When you choose a good massage training school you may be able to get good knowledge and this can improve your chances of becoming a successful massage therapist.

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