Selecting a Massage School
The recognized massage therapy profession is growing due to recommendations by doctors and health care providers.
The tricky part of deciding on a massage therapy career is choosing a massage school. The number of massage schools to choose from is seemingly endless, and it may be difficult to decide which massage school is the best fit. Here are a few factors to consider before selecting a massage school.
First, you should choose a massage school that is accredited. The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) is one of the most prominent massage school accrediting bodies in the business. Massage schools that are accredited through COMTA are the most likely ones to have what you need to succeed.
Next, it is important to consider the overall length of the massage school program. Some massage schools offer graduation within a year. This is valuable only if the massage school offers a program that will provide adequate hours. Consider a program that will work in conjunction with commitments outside the classroom (i.e. work or children), but that also provides enough hours for students to learn all the required information.
Additionally, make sure to consider the program content. Does the curriculum of the massage school cover all the basics plus a little more of what is needed to complete a massage program successfully? More than that, does the massage program content prepare for work in the real world? Ask to see the curriculum of the massage school and ask if the curriculum meets state requirements.
Also, don’t forget that practice makes perfect. Just as it is incredibly important to learn as much as possible about massage, it is just as vital to gain experience. Employers like to see hands-on experience. Consider a massage school that offers a clinic to the general public. Not only will this provide the necessary hours of practice, but this also allows students to practice on a variety of clients.
Finally, upon successful completion of a massage therapy program, graduates should feel confident about taking the state licensing exam. Make sure that the massage school attended is reputable in preparing their students for this exam. It is crucial that the school has a support system in place for their students that will lead them through the state licensing exam process