Massage Therapy Schools

Massage therapy training and certification by state

Massage therapy schools should be researched thoroughly, before you decide on one to attend. In other words, do some research to make sure you'll be qualified to practice after graduation. Here's a look at what you need to consider.

Licensing and accreditation of the massage school

Massage therapy schools face different requirements across different states, as do massage therapists. In some states massage therapists must pass a national or state examination to become licensed. They may also be required to complete a certain number of training hours before they can take the test.

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is a common place graduates go for certification.

Most states that call for massage therapist licensing also specify that training must be completed at a school or program with recognized accreditation.

Even in states that don't require licensing it can be beneficial to take a certification test. Many professional organizations will only grant memberships to certified massage therapists.

When it comes to accreditation and licensing never assume anything. Find out exactly what the requirements are where you'll be practicing and don't settle for an education that offers anything less.

Things to do before enrolling in any massage therapy school:

  • Get massages - If you want to see what massage is all about, there's no better way to do it than making an appointment with a massage therapist yourself. If you experience several massage techniques you'll have a much better idea of what the job involves.
  • Talk to a professional - Don't be afraid to ask licensed massage therapists about how they got into the business. They were once in your position and will more than likely be glad to offer their advice or share their experiences.

Research different modalities - Find out about the various forms of massage and decide which ones interest you. When you choose a school you'll be able to make your decision based on methods you want to use later on. Students who graduate from programs that teach modalities they aren't interested in are more likely to leave the massage business or at least regret their choice of massage therapy school.

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