Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Massage Therapist
Becoming a Massage Therapist is not hard, but it obviously may come with many questions. Not knowing where to begin is the common thread in many of the times we don’t follow through with a task that is new to us. We’re hoping this short list of frequently asked questions can assist you with the many questions that come to mind when you wonder about the world of massage therapy, how to become one, and what it is like.
How Do You Become a Massage Therapist?
The main avenue and the most appropriate avenue to do this is to get certified. Getting certified requires going to school and getting the proper training to have credibility. Without credibility, it can be very dangerous working on clients without the proper training. Not only can it injure others, but it can get you or your employer in a lot of legal trouble for not having you prepared.
How Do I Go To School To Be a Massage Therapist?
Finding the right school to become a massage therapist is as simple is quickly skimming through google. With enough research you can soon find yourself reaching out to various schools and seeing what their programs have to offer. Once you call a school you can schedule an in person or virtual appointment and get information from an admissions advisor. From there, that advisor can give you all the information you need and walk you through the process of enrolling and financial aid. We highly suggest looking for a school that is majority hands-on considering it would be fairly complicated to teach massage therapy without a hands-on approach.
What Kind of Classes Can You Expect as a Massage Therapist?
As a massage therapy student you can expect to learn not only how to massage your clients, but the history of massage therapy, how to make your clients comfortable, various modalities, how to advertise your own business and many other miscellaneous tools to help you become a successful professional in the industry. Some of the classes include Deep Tissue, Eastern Massage, Specialized Massage Therapy, and Massage Therapy Modalities. By the end of your courses you will have learned everything from knowing the proper oils to choose for a specific type of aromatherapy or knowing what keywords you should be including in your resume to catch a hiring managers eye.
What Kind of Jobs Can You Have a Massage Therapist?
As a massage therapist there are a variety of places you can work at. One common avenue is a spa. At spas, clients get to enter an oasis of relaxation and get pampered through various activities, one being a lovely massage. Another job therapists commonly obtain is working as a body worker at a physical therapy clinic. Oftentimes, physical therapists prescribe massage to heal clients and rehabilitate them so that gives massage therapists job opportunities to excel in their specific training. Other jobs assist from working at spas and rehabs include working everywhere from gyms to cruise ships and even hotels.
Can I Start My Own Business as a Massage Therapist?
Yes! You can start your own business as a massage therapist. At Southern California Health Institute we have a course specifically designed to help you create your own business. Here, we give you the opportunity to design your own business cards and even give you the tools to begin to grow your clientele and expand your business. Once you graduate we give you the option of choosing a massage bed or massage chair to assist you in starting your own business or even just to practice at home.
Is It Hard To Become a Massage Therapist?
This question is tricky. Becoming a massage therapist is only hard if you don’t want to become a massage therapist. If you desire it enough, it can be achieved. At school you’re given the appropriate tools and the necessary help from teachers and faculty to succeed. If a student is in need of more assistance it’s possible to get help with extra tutoring or one on one attention. The program is not lengthy and can be finished in less than a year. To answer this question frankly: maybe, but most who are excited about getting a career, excel with ease.
How Do I Know If I Should Do It?
The only person who would know, is you so unfortunately we can not answer that question. What we can answer is WHY you should do it. It will give you a stable career and it will give you the tools to help heal others in a short amount of time. The gift of seeing a client feel relieved and relaxed from all the stress and pain of their week can give you enough gratitude to make a hot air balloon float into the sky. If helping people and making money while doing it makes you feel a certain way in your heart then maybe you should do it. It’s just a matter of figuring out if you are up to committing to a schedule, but what is a short schedule for nine months to a life-long career (answer: not much).
Is Becoming a Massage Therapist Expensive?
The price to get certified as a massage therapist varies from program to program. Most schools offer a financial aid department that will assist you with paying for school. Assistance can either come in a grant or loan. A grant is given out to students by the government or any other institution that does not need to be paid back. A loan is a payment given to students that needs to eventually be paid back. Meet with a financial aid advisor at the school of your choice and they will go in depth with you about all the options you can take to pay for your school. The financial aid advisor will have your best interest in mind and almost always find a way for you to fund your education.