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Appreciating Massage Therapy

After I hurt my back a few years ago, my entire life changed. In addition to making it hard to work, my back problems also made it difficult to take care of my home and my children. However, a friend mentioned massage therapy, and I decided to give it a try. Within a few sessions, I could move and breathe better, which opened up a world of possibilities for me. This blog is dedicated to helping others see the benefits of massage therapy, so that you can transform your body and your life. You never know, a simple massage could help you to feel better than ever.


Appreciating Massage Therapy

What To Know Before Enrolling In Massage Therapy Classes

by Aischa Van Ekeren

If you are considering a career in massage therapy, then you may already have some classes in mind. These could be full courses, weekend classes for learning the basics of massage, or locally operated classes to help you decide if this is a career you want to have. Before you decide to move forward with enrolling in massage therapy classes, there are a few things you should consider.

Employment Options

Though most massage therapists do work as freelancers, you may be considering other paths. Before you enroll in classes, you need to know what your local employment options are. For example, you may find that the places hiring are hospitals and doctors offices. You may also find that most places in your immediate area are hiring for only a few hours a week, such as yoga studios. This doesn't have to be a stumbling block. Knowing your employment option outlook will simply help you decide how to move forward for the massage therapy career you want to have and if moving may be in the cards for you as well in order to land the job you want.

Massage Supplies

You need to consider what your enrollment fee will include. For example, you may find that some less expensive massage classes do not include any supplies. The fee you pay is simply for the course itself. You may need to buy books, uniforms, massage supplies, a portable massage table, and other accessories. You may also need to cover the expenses for any healthcare tests you need to take and any final certification tests that are required. Make sure you understand what is covered under enrollment fees first and ask for an itemized list of other required items and fees.

Length of Training

A key aspect of massage classes is knowing the length of the training period and if it includes your clinical hours that are required in your area. Keep in mind, you may be enrolling in a basic massage course that teaches traditional massage. If you want to go into a specific massage therapy path, like Swedish massage, then this may be an additional course with additional time requirements. Make sure to map this out prior to enrolling so you are prepared for the full educational path to your massage career choice.

By taking these key points into consideration, you can better prepare for your possible career in massage therapy. You can also prepare for what the massage classes can do for your career plan. If you are ready to move forward, contact your local massage therapy school, massage course instructors, or massage classes for enrollment information.