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The following is a compilation of real students' questions about Massage School. If you have a question, and it is not addressed here, please send it to [email protected] We will answer it and personally e-mail you, and post your question here as well.

Is Massage School fun?

When I attended Massage School,it was one of the best times of my life. And I was a skeptic. I was doing it because I had to. I wanted to be in,and out, real quick. But along the way, I made friends with the other classmates, and really grew to love being there. At the end of the day, we all couldn't wait to go home, but truthfully, this was the only school I ever really looked forward to going to each and every day.

We bonded like a family. We were all different, from different backgrounds, but we all loved Massage Therapy and helping others. We had a great time chilling at/around school. I really am sad that that time in my life ended, but I was also quite happy to be moving on in life, getting a chance to get to the next phase in my quest.

Also, learning is fun, especially when it's information and concepts that you will use daily in your career. At my school, some really good teachers had us do puzzles, quiz one another with flash cards, do group skits, and used the overhead projector to take anything from the web and put it on up on the wall in front of the class. We had a multimedia experience at my school, and it's good, because nowadays, most of us seem to have an attention span that tires easily with the old 1950s format of education and learning.

Do you have to take 'regular' classes at Massage School?

There are "Hands-On" classes where you will actually learn how to provide Therapeutic Massage. These are like the shop classes you took in high school and middle school. You will be practicing Massage Therapy.

All of your other classes are not hands-on, and are like any other classroom learning you have experienced in middle school, college, or even high school. You will probably have to do homework, take tests, and study.

Do you have to work on other students?

During the Hands-On Learning component of your school's curriculum, you will, in fact, be working on other students. This is how you get practice. Later, once you have had some practice, in Clinic you will work on paying clients while at school.

Does the teacher perform massage on the students?

Teachers will demonstrate hands-on techniques on student-volunteers. It's usually informal, and no one is forced to be the volunteer. Sometimes there will be a Massage Table at the front of the room, or in the center. All the students usually gather around and observe and ask questions.

How long is the schooling for massage, generally?

Generally, this can range anywhere from five months to two years, depending upon the state requirement of necessary hours, as well as the sort of program you're enrolled in. Night School students may take twice the time to complete the coursework.

Do you start working on people right away?

In most schools, Hands-On classes begin right away. Massage Students generally begin working on one another the first week of classes.

How do they test you for the hands-on component?

Some schools require you to perform on a student-partner, and then you switch. All the while, the teacher is going around, observing (and taking notes, if necessary.) Alternatively, some teachers may require you to give a demonstration on the teacher. A third method would be grading hands-on classes (in part) by student logs of sessions done outside of school. Being able to write about what you did shows you know the material.

How long is the average day of class at an average Massage School?

Some schools schedule you for two classes in a row for full time day students. So you may be at school for eight hours, if you have two four hour classes in a row. For night students, there is usually only one class per day.

How long are classes?

Classes can be anywhere from two to four hours, usually.

Do we get breaks during our classes?

Most schools have a policy of allowing the class to take breaks periodically. Students usually go to the lounge or school library and talk for a few minutes, as well as take a bathroom break or eat a quick snack.

How long are the semesters at Massage School?

Semesters at most Massage Programs range from one month to about four months. The amount of coursework may be the same, just divided differently. Shorter terms are both good and bad. The bad first: Since you may have six marking periods as opposed to two, each four-week grade is based on only a few test grades.

This means you can easily mess up a term and get a poor grade for that marking period. But on the other hand, you can also really focus for a month and get an A on your transcript. Longer terms mean that each individual test doesn't count as much toward that one big grade. There's more room to mess up, but also, fewer chances to show an A for totally improved work.

What is a passing grade for the Massage Program classes?

A passing grade is a C or D, depending upon the State, program, and school. That's a 60 or 70, in numerical terms.

What is an A?

A grade of A is 90 or above, at most schools.

How much can I be absent from Massage School? Is this flexible?

Most Massage Schools have a state-mandated attendance policy, and requires students to be present anywhere from 70% to 90% of the time. Because this is a State rule for educational institutions, the school cannot be at all flexible about this requirement.

Can I be kicked out for absenteeism?

While most schools permit make-up classes if students miss anything beyond that cut-off, they usually also have a policy of de-enrolling students missing more than 50% of the coursework. Unless you have a medical reason, or another good reason, you will probably not be allowed back into the program.

Will I have to wear a school uniform?

Most schools require students to either wear a school uniform or medical scrubs. The school will usually provide the uniforms, and you should receive about four or five, so that you always have a clean set.

The shirt may have the name of the school emblazoned on it, and is usually a lighter synthetic material. There may be rules about what is allowed during Hands-On classes that do not apply to your other classroom learning classes.

Can I wear Nail Polish or keep my nails long?

Many schools require that all students both male and female, keep their nails trimmed short, and nail polish is often not permitted.

What if I decide not to wear the uniform or polish my nails anyway?

Students that choose to break the rules and wear long nails, or not wear the appropriate uniform, usually suffer a penalty to their class grade. Your Student Handbook should explain everything you need to know about your school's policies.

Where do I get the textbooks?

Your school will provide them to you. If you want to find used textbooks, get them at least two weeks before you start classes. Used textbooks may be found online at Amazon, eBay, and other web sites dedicated just to this sort of item. Google it.

Does Financial Aid pay for my textbooks?

If you are receiving Financial Aid, you may well receive a stipend to pay for your Massage School textbooks and other supplies. Find out.

Why does my tuition include a Massage Table?

Massage Tables, sheets, and oils are the tools of the trade. So expect to get these items as part of your package after you pay the tuition. Massage School was traditionally viewed as a trade school, although now many universities are getting in on this and offering a Massage Program of their own.

You can choose to buy a Massage Table elsewhere. You will not be bringing this to school with you! Massage schools have their own tables for you to use while you are there. A used Massage table may be purchased inexpensively on web sites such as CraigsList.

Do you get homework?

Yes; Massage School is like any other school. Some teachers give a lot of homework, others less. But remember, no matter how much work you get each night, this is all useful, relevant information, material that you will be calling on every day you are working as a Massage Therapist. It's not like all those classes in high school that were totally outside of what matters to your daily life: What you learn, you should retain.

What would an average day at Massage School consist of?

The academic classes are a lot like high school or college academic classes. The Hands-On classes consist of students learning, and practicing techniques, with one another. And clinic is working on actual clients at the school Massage Spa.

Besides those classes, every day will probably also include a lot of socializing with your fellow students, studying, doing homework, and finding ways to make the experience more fun. Group Projects are usually a lot of fun, and require that you coordinate with other students to get the work done.

Are there both men and women in the classes?

Most schools have co-education facilities that have both men and women in the classes. For most Hands-On classes, students choose their partners, so it is possible to mostly work on members of your own, or even the opposite, sex, if that's what you prefer.

But on occasion, you may be asked to work with a random person in your class, and they may not be your preferred sex. In clinic, you will likely not have a choice either. Unless you have a religious or moral reason, you'll probably have to work on both men and women.

Do you have to disrobe at all?

When you are being worked on in your hands-on classes, you will have to disrobe, usually to your underwear. Women usually remove tops and bras. This is done in private; no one can see you while you're changing. After you disrobe, you'll be draped under a sheet, to preserve your privacy. Once you're under, you get to get massaged DURING school! How can you beat that deal? Fall asleep if you want to; no one cares!

What's the best way of choosing a Massage School?

First, and foremost, be aware of the schools available to you. Check out their web sites,. Know your options.

Massage Schools are all very different from one another. Find one that matches your interests ,in terms of course offerings and approach and philosophy. If you're into Eastern modalities, find a program that focuses on that.

Distance is also an issue. Find a school you can easily get to on a regular basis. If you love a school, but it's ninety miles away and you don't have the time to commute, you can either move for a short while, or find a closer school.

Meet with the school's staff. Call them and ask questions. Based on your experience visiting the school, you may decide that you like one school far more than another, which both seemed equally good when viewing their web sites. Trust your intuition. After you have made an informed choice regarding the details, go with what feels best.

Talk with students in the lounge, but don't go by this too much. Many students will never actually make it to having a career. They are the jaded ones, the ones who did not do so well. You will find such people in every field of study.

What makes a Massage School a poor choice?

A Massage School is a poor choice if it's not a place you want to go back to each day for five months or a year. It's a poor choice if it's in the city and you love the country. It's a poor choice if it's far but you hate distance driving. It's a poor choice if there's no way to get back and forth easily.

Other reasons a Massage School could be considered a poor choice would be a staff that does not really care, a program that is not what you're interested in. A school with leaks and roaches isn't good, either.

What is clinic?

Clinic is the part of Massage School that prepares you most for actually having a job. You work in the school's own Massage Spa on clients that are real people, who paid for their time with you. Clinic is good in that clients must leave feedback. The sessions are inexpensive, but feedback is expected. This is a great way to improve what you do.,

Are there any other sorts of assignments, like projects?

Many classes at Massage School will include Group and Individual Projects as part of the coursework. Group Projects involve more than one student, and you will often be given time during class to work on your project. Individual projects are done on your own, and you must complete the work after class hours.

Are there tests?

We can guarantee that nearly all schools will have tests on material learned in class, as well as in the homework reading assignments.

Are there surprise quizzes?

Some teachers use Surprise Quizzes. Usually, this is not the case, and you will be warned about any upcoming tests or quizzes. Most teachers want to help you succeed. Surprise Quizzes are just stressful, and tend to turn students off. Massage School is not Medical School; while a lot of the same material is covered in your science classes, students at Massage School typically do not have as strong a scholastic background as applicants to med school, and Massage Therapists tend to be kinesthetic learners who may not like classroom learning all that much. For all these reasons, Massage School covers a lot of material and is challenging, but teachers are not there to stump the students.

Is there any way to fail the hands-on class at Massage School?

Yes; if you don't do what you learned, you will probably fail. If it's a Swedish Technique class and you're doing Deep Tissue because you don't know Swedish, that would probably not be good. Hands-On classes in massage have their own assessment methods that may be different than academic classes, but you are still assessed. It's not a free grade of A.

Are there any scholarships available?

There are scholarships provided each term by Professional Massage Associations. Check with the more popular associations for more information about any scholarships that may be offered right now. When I went to Massage School, there were two classmates of mine who received partial grant scholarships, and the next class had a total of seven recipients. You must apply in order to be considered.,

Should I go to Massage School during the day or night?

Depending upon your work scheduled, as well as other responsibilities, you may have time only for night classes. Night classes are usually the same material as day classes, but spread out over up to twice the amount of time. If you want to go slowly, Night Classes may be the best option. If you're trying to finish quickly, day classes are the way to go.

Are you a Night Owl? Maybe morning classes are just not right for you. Don't fight yourself; work with your preferences to create a situation that is something you can easily handle.

Will there be work when I graduate from a school of massage?

There is always work for Massage Therapists. Most schools have career placement, or at least a jobs board. We have our own jobs page, available by CLICKING HERE You can start out at a franchise like Massage Sloth (a fake name, obviously!) where graduates are hired without question. Some more exclusive spas may want you to have experience before working there, so starting out, you may have to start at the bottom and work your way up to another gig.

What questions should I ask the student intake person at the Massage School I visit?

When you go to finally visit the Massage School(s) you are interested in finding out more about, ask a lot of questions. Ask questions that provide important answers to you. Start making up your list of questions today. When you go, remember to bring a pen and paper and take brief notes. It;'s going to be overwhelming, emotionally, so it's best to have everything written down. Any questions you have after visiting our FAQ section should be e-mailed to us, as well as presented to the school admissions officer.

How do I pay for this?

Most students do not pay out-of-pocket, and instead rely on financial aid in the form of student loans, grants, and payment plans. If you do not qualify for financial aid, you can arrange to make regular payments to your school while you attend. Be warned, however, that if you fall too far behind in your payments, you may be barred from attending classes, or your diploma may be withheld.

What is a grant?

A grant is a payment from a government organization or non-governmental body that does not have to be paid back. Grants can be received based on financial need, academic merit, or other qualification that the student may meet. The most important thing to know about a grant is that it does not need to be paid back.

What is a loan?

A loan is a sum of money given to an individual based on their past credit history or, in the case of a student loan, based upon non-default of prior loans. A loan will accrue interest, or a certain amount of money will be added to the loan each month based on a percentage of that loan. So, if you receive a loan with 8% interest, then every month, 8% of the total loan amount is added to the principal of the loan.

The next month, when the interest is calculated, it will be based on the new larger loan amount. There are three types of student loans which will concern most students. The first is a subsidized loan, which means that while you are attending school, interest will not be added to the loan. Six months after you graduate, interest will be added as described above. The term subsidized in essence means that the government is paying that interest for you while you are in school. The second type of loan is an unsubsidized loan, which is a loan where the interest accrues both during and after school.

These loans will grow to a larger size more quickly after graduation, as they were already growing while you were in school. The third type of loan is a PLUS loan, which is obtained by the student's parents, and is based on their credit score and history. A parent or guardian is required to apply for this type of loan in some cases before a student will be allowed to apply for an unsubsidized loan themselves. This rule applies until the student turns 25 years old, after which they are automatically allowed to apply for the unsubsidized loan. In addition to these loans, which are federal student loans, students can also apply for their own private loans through lenders such as Citibank, Chase, Bank of America, etc.

These loans tend to have much higher interest rates, whereas the federal loans are capped. Capping means that they cannot exceed a certain interest rate, which is currently 6.8% for subsidized loans. Since private loans are not capped, their interest rates can range from 2.5% up to 30% or more. Obviously, student loans are the most desirable, as their interest rates are lower.

Do I have to pay back my loans and grants even if I quit?

If you quit school, there are certain calculations that will occur to determine the answer to this question. If you quit when you have taken more than half the coursework, not only do most or all of the loans have to be paid back, but you must also pay back half or all of the federal grants you have received.

With private loans and grants, the bank's own rules apply, and generally you must pay back all of the loan since it will be received in a lump sum. Each school has different rules, and most of them will require you to pay the loans back even though the school received the funds. This applies to both grants and loans.

The school, in its paperwork that you sign, is not required to refund you the amount of the loans and grants they received on your behalf. Consequently, your school will receive that tuition from the government whether you complete your schooling or not. If you are quitting prior to a certain point the school will not yet have received all of the funds, but you may be held responsible for repayment nevertheless. There are, however, programs open to persons in the public sector, such as nurses, firefighters, and others, where their student loans can be forgiven. If you would like information about these programs, please visit Student Loan Forgiveness Plans by clicking here.

If you would like to know what happens with your student loans after you graduate, including repayment and forgiveness, you can visit this site for a good summary:

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Do my grades at Massage School matter?

As with any other career, your grades matter more at first, and less with time as you establish yourself in the field. Once you've been working for ten years and have accomplished something, no one is going to ask. But your reputation at the beginning is thin; you have little to rely on except that you have a license to practice Massage Therapy, the fact that you graduated, and maybe some other past work experience, charity helping, or other educational background.

No matter what, if you graduate with anything over a 3.0 GPA at Massage School, be sure to put that on your resume. It does matter. If you graduate with a C average, and another therapist graduated with an A average, and both of you are equally good, who do you think a spa owner might be inclined to believe is the more competent and qualified candidate for the position?

Do they really teach you anything worthwhile?

Absolutely! I was lucky enough to know for sure that this was the career that was for me, so I paid attention more than I ever had in any past schooling. I don't think there were any classes that were superfluous or just filler. It was all important. You will learn the bones and muscles (and in some states, the nerves as well), you will learn the actual practice of different modalities, from Swedish to Deep Tissue and more, you will learn about the body, it's pathologies (sicknesses and conditions), business basics, ethics, communications, hygiene, and more. If you go in knowing you want to do this for real, you will find that not one class could be considered NOT worthwhile.

I was born good at massage. How is school not a waste of my time?

As good as you may be, you can always learn more and improve. And even if you have inborn ability, as you say, I'm sure you didn't arrive here with a knowledge of business practices, biology, ethics, and everything else you will learn. And of course, there's body mechanics. Your teachers will show you ways to NOt hurt yourself. Trust me; I came into school having worked on family members and friends since I was a kid and I learned a LOT about massage, even though I thought I wouldn't. The experience was anything but a waste of time.

I've heard the average Massage School classes are at a third grade level. Is this true?

What does that even mean?! The work you will be doing is anatomy, biology, pathology, business, ethics, communications, hygiene, hands-on classes, and more. What third grader learns any of that material?! The coursework is geared toward Medical Professionals, which is what Massage Therapists are. It is far from a breeze, and you will have to do some work, without a doubt. But is Massage School equivalent to Columbia University Medical School? Not exactly. While much of the material may be identical to Biology 101 or Biology 180 at most colleges, Massage School is definitely geared more toward people who like working with their hands, like learning through doing and movement, and not the typical bookworm or scholar you'd find at an Ivy League school. So while the material may be the same, the presentation at Massage School may be more lively and interactive.

What do I do if I hate my classes?

Just deal with it and do your best anyway. Once you are working, it will be very different than your classes. And if one class is terrible, focus your energies on the classes that you enjoy more. Stick it out, as there's nothing you can do. Some of the classes will be more to your liking than others; that's inevitable.

What do I do if I decide to quit once I begin at a Massage School?

If you decide to quit, you will still be liable to pay for the bill. Unless you have a medical reason, psychological reason, or other acceptable cause, you will still have to pay. If you were harassed, discriminated against, or have other serious issue, seek out the help of a qualified attorney.

Additional Questions about Massage School Added July 9, 2014.

Do Massage Schools offer financial aid?

Not every school of massage therapy will offer financial aid, but most of them do. If a massage school offers financial aid, this will generally be advertised on their website, generally under a heading called 'financial aid' or 'paying for school.'

Is the program accredited? With which accrediting agency?

Most massage schools offer accredited programs, especially if they offer financial aid. Accreditation is generally a prerequisite for a school to offer financial aid, so every school that does so will be accredited. Usually the accreditation information can be found on the school's website, and it will often be at the bottom or somewhere on their homepage, since this is always a big selling point. If you cannot find the accrediting agency on their website, be sure to ask the school's admissions department. Accrediting agencies can also be researched in terms of their reputation online.

What is the quality of the curriculum?

The quality of each school's curriculum can differ greatly. The best idea is to compare the curricula of several schools, and there are some things you can look for. First is a focus on anatomy, second is an exceeding of the state's or national certification board's requirements, and finally you should check to see that many modalities of massage are covered, since being knowledgeable about other modalities will make you more prepared for licensing examinations.

What are the programs offered as the core curriculum? Are there modalities taught as the basic curriculum other than Swedish?

Most massage schools today offer a core curriculum of Swedish massage, as that is the standard that consumers recognize and that licensing examinations focus on. There are some specialty schools where you can focus on other modalities, such as Chinese techniques and modalities, but these schools will also teach Swedish if they are preparing you for a career in massage therapy.

What is the clinic environment?

Generally, the clinic environment resembles a day spa atmosphere, with soft music, low lighting, and a quiet room. The major difference is generally that there will be 10 or more tables for massage therapy students to use for clients, often separated by a curtain. Sometimes, the teacher will be in the room as well for supervision and assistance with questions or difficulties that the students have.

How many students are in a class?

Every massage school is different in this respect. There are schools which cap off the student to teacher ratio at 10:1, while others will enroll every possible student in their available classes. This can lead to classes with 25-30 students in them. This question can usually be answered on a school's website, although if they do not have a low teacher to student ratio, they will probably not list this statistic on their site since it is not favorable to them. In this case, it is best to ask the admissions officer this question.

Is there one on one interaction for students who need additional help?

Nearly every school will offer one on one interaction for students in need of additional help. Usually, the teacher is available after class to offer assistance. If you are a student with special needs, where you require more one on one interaction than other students, this is a question to ask of the admissions department, and make sure that you are specific in what your needs are.

Have they ever worked with students with learning differences? What types of assistance are offered for such students?

Some schools have worked with students who learn differently, and are equipped to provide them with the additional assistance they require. Students with such needs should be sure that the school they choose is capable of offering them the assistance that they need.

What extracurricular activities are offered? What are the elective additional classes that can be taken at no additional cost?

Most massage schools do not offer extra-curricular activities. However, most schools do offer electives. In many cases, each student is required to choose one or two electives from a variety of choices. The offerings will vary from school to school, but are likely to be more robust if the school offers a continuing education program for practicing therapists. Such schools will generally have a more widely varied selection of elective classes to offer their students, since they are being paid by practicing massage therapists, and therefore have an incentive to have a larger selection of more in-demand courses.

Does this school offer continuing education for students? What types of programs are available?

Each school is different in this regard. Generally, if a school offers continuing education, you will be able to find a link to it on their website. You can also do a web search for the school's name plus continuing education, and see if you can find it that way. If you do not see a link, you can ask the admissions officer if they offer such programs.

Does this school process your licensing and examination forms for you and schedule the exam?

Since this offering varies from school to school, it is best to ask. Most schools will process the license for your state on your behalf, but most of them will not process the licensing exam forms, since you need to schedule to take the test at a time that is convenient for you.

How many students are enrolled in each class?

This question can often be answered by checking their website or asking the admissions officer.

What is the enrollment procedure?

Most schools will have their enrollment procedure clearly defined, and it can generally be found by clicking on their admissions link.

Are there payment plans available?

Nearly every school, whether of massage or otherwise, will offer payment plans for their students. In my experience, I have never seen a school that does not. This is true even if they do not offer financial aid.

Are there scholarships that one may apply for to help pay for tuition?

There are always a variety of scholarships one may apply for. Massage organizations such as the AMTA and ABMP offer scholarships to students who apply, and there are other independent organizations that offer them. Some schools even offer a full tuition or partial tuition scholarship based on merit. It is best to ask if you cannot find an application on their site. Also a simple internet search for massage scholarship is likely to yield some results as well.

What is the size of the school? Is it one floor of a building, a whole building, etc.?

Every school is different in this regard, so this question is best asked of the admissions department when applying.

Is the clinic offered in separate classrooms or in the same class where the students previously took their classes?

Each school is different in this regard as well. For example, there are three schools of massage in the Jersey City area. One of them has clinic in the same classrooms, while another has clinic both in the classroom and in a separate classroom, and the third has a completely separate clinic on a separate floor. This question can best be answered by the admissions department at the school you are considering.

What type of lighting is there? Is there a lot of natural light in the classrooms?

Since every school is different, this question is best answered by taking a tour of the schools you are interested in.

Are there study groups available hosted by teachers? Do teachers take time out of their schedule and offer tutoring for students who need it? Is there on campus tutoring by other students available on campus? Off campus?

Most schools will offer on-site tutoring by other students. For the most part, teachers do not offer tutoring themselves, but there are always students who absorb the material more quickly than others, and who are willing to tutor their fellow students. This question is best posed to the admissions officer.

Do students form study groups?

This also depends on the school, but generally students do form study groups with one another. You can ask the admissions officer if this is the norm in their school.

What is the tuition?

Tuition is generally listed on the school's website, under a link called tuition or the financial aid and payments links.

What is included in the cost of the tuition? Are there additional textbook fees, etc.?

Generally, massage schools will add all of the textbooks, sheets, and sometimes a table and chair into the final cost of tuition. Since this does vary widely, it is best to ask when you are interviewing the schools.

Are there student discounts for the continuing education classes offered? Or can certain ones be taken as electives?

Again, every school is different in this regard, but many do offer discounts or offer the continuing education classes as electives. There may also be a shorter list of elective classes that you can take from the offerings of the school, and it is usually based on the cost of the classes. More expensive classes will generally not be offered as electives, although again, every school is different.

Additional Questions about Massage School Added July 29, 2014.

How do I know that the school I am going to is going to adequately provide me with the education that I need to become licensed?

By checking on the school's website, you can find out if they are accredited, and by whom. You can also check the hours they provide, and check that against the regulations in your state. Generally, the regulations can be found by checking your state's nursing board requirements for massage therapists, or by checking your state's massage therapy board requirements.

If I am educated in a different field, such as nursing, do I still have to train as a massage therapist to become licensed as one?

If you are licensed in another profession, you generally need to take the complete course of massage therapy education. Some massage schools or state boards will allow you to apply some of your course work for nursing or other healthcare education, such as anatomy and physiology, to some of the requirements for their coursework, but for the most part you will need to take the complete course of massage school.

If I have health conditions that would prevent me from being able to stay in a classroom for long hours and to work for long hours after graduation, is massage therapy still a viable career path for me?

If you are unable to complete the schooling necessary to work as a massage therapist, and are also unable to work for long hours, massage therapy can be a viable secondary career for you. Since in order to make a complete living at massage therapy, you generally need to work at least five days a week, it would probably not be a complete career option for you. But if you already work as a consultant part time, or as a financial advisor to select clients and you are interested in adding a secondary income stream, massage therapy may be a good choice for you. However, as a primary career on which you rely to pay your bills, buy a home, etc., if you are prevented by health concerns from working long hours, then massage therapy may not be the best career for you.

Are my teachers going to be practicing Massage Therapists?

Some may be. Others may be licensed, but retired and only retain their license in order to teach. Other teachers, for classes that do not involve any actual hands-on Massage work may be chiropractors, doctors, nurses, or other individuals, often drawn from the Health Care field.

Is it worth it going to a Massage Schools' Open House Day?

Surely! Go to as many as you can! You will get a feel for the school. You will see the teachers, staff, and administrators. You can ask questions. (Prepare some beforehand and write them down!)

You can see if the place is suited to you, and if the vibe is what you're looking for. See if you like the decor and setting; your surroundings will matter a you will be there for anywhere from about five months to more than a year. And meeting everyone face-to-face is important, in that you will get a good sense of whether you feel comfortable there. If you feel like you are looking forward to going to a particular school after an Open House, that's a good sign.

The key to making an informed decision about Massage school is to have as much information available as possible.. Attending Massage School open house Day is a great way to really fill in the blanks and have the ability to make a more informed choice about where you want to attend school.

Can I just take continuing education classes and avoid Massage School?

The answer is definitely no! Continuing Education classes serve to help enrich and broaden the knowledge base of practicing massage therapists, and are certainly not a substitute for an accredited Massage School education, a solid foundation for future learning and work. Think of Continuing Education classes as boosters, helping you yo learn new techniques, study Massage, Health, and Physiology more deeply, and have a chance to really hone in on techniques and modalities that are suited to your area of practice. No state or national board would ever allow this!

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