Tip for Success: Take Massage School Seriously
How to find the best massage therapist specialist school?
Careers in massage therapy have been rising steadily in recent years. People of every age and stage are now making use of the therapeutic results that massage can provide for the body and mind. If you are seriously interested in massage therapy as a career, here are some important tips to set you on the path to success.
Choosing a Great School
Now that you’ve decided to pursue a career as a massage therapist, you will want to choose the best massage school to train at. First of all, you will want to select a career school that provides the specialized training and curricular extras that you require. Career training schools, such as Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi), can offer a massage therapy program that not only provides the didactic information necessary for any massage therapist to know, but also includes a variety of courses that help to round out the program, giving you the tools you need to function in an office environment and interacting properly and effectively with patients and clients of any age.
Get Smart (and Skilled)!
Obviously, you go to any school to acquire knowledge, usually knowledge specific to your chosen career. Once you’ve chosen a massage school such as SOCHi, you need to take your education very seriously. Massage therapy may seem like simply kneading of the muscles and tissues, but it is also a health profession. Completing your didactic assignments on time and accurately, and attending and participating in all labs will ensure that, when you graduate and begin to work as a professional massage therapist, you and your clients may be confident in your knowledge and skills.
Network, Network, Network!
Higher education is not simply about preparing for a future career. It’s also about beginning to function like a trained professional, building professional relationships with others and utilizing them in positive ways to advance you along your career path. Begin by building connections with classmates, teachers, advisors and guest speakers. Not only can they help you as you progress through your training, but may provide valuable guidance and references after you have graduated and are seeking employment. Take the time to go outside the school as well, engaging in community activities and outreach to build more relationships with people throughout the local community who may not only be potential clients, but also may provide guidance and mentorship.
Finding Your Ideal Career Path
There are a great number of career paths within the massage therapy industry, but you may only know about the more familiar ones. Working in a spa, rehabilitation clinic, fitness facility, or a private branch of a massage chain maybe be the only options you can think of off-hand, but a trained massage therapist can work in a variety of environments, both as an employee or as an independent contractor. Whether you want to provide relaxation and relief to cruise ship passengers, or perhaps bring your own equipment into an office environment as part of a corporate wellness program, your massage therapy certification can take you as far as you want to go.
From corporate wellness to luxury spa resorts, massage therapists can apply their skills in a variety of work environments.
One way to find out what career destination is yours is through attending any of the workshops and seminars offered at SOCHi. Featuring a variety of specialized talks and hands-on labs in massage techniques and theory, SOCHi’s workshops and seminars give you the opportunity to explore some of the sub-genres, if you will, within massage therapy, and perhaps find an area that you are particularly interested in.
Studying to be a massage therapist isn’t simply about the education you get in a classroom. You also need practical experience, a strong network of peers and mentors, and a solid goal to help you reach your destination. Taking the entire schooling process seriously will set you up for nothing but success and, when comes to succeeding as a massage therapist, the sky is the limit!
Does a career as a massage therapist sound like the right path for you? Visit our website for more information about our advanced professional massage therapy program, or apply to SOCHi now.