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You decided that you really hate your current career and that you want to go back to school to become a massage therapist. Where do you learn about this new and exciting career you want to embrace? And, how hard could it really be, you are just giving a massage. Before getting started, you will need to talk to other therapists or do some internet research on the requirements of this profession.
The public demand for alternative approaches to health care has helped to make massage therapy one of the fastest growing professions in the natural health care industry. Massage is now considered to be a healing art as well as a science and balancing these two components is important.
You begin your search and are amazed by the hundreds of different places that tell you that you can "study massage, shiatsu, reflexology, bodywork and healing touch techniques to become a massage therapist. Exciting job opportunities await you in health spas, hotels, physical therapy centers, sports organizations, on cruise ships, and in rehabilitation clinics and hospitals." This sounds really great!
Now, you have to be realistic about this. There will always be fly-by-night organizations ready to take your money and to give you a piece of paper certifying that you are completely trained. You should remember that you can not be certified overnight and as with any type of training, you need to make sure that the massage therapy school you select is accredited within the state where you live or where you plan to work.
There are more than 80 different types of massage-some of them include the Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage. Massage schools will teach you the basics of these and other types of massage, but individuals usually focus on 3-5 specific types and primarily give that variety. You do not have to determine your specialty up-front, but getting an education as a massage therapist is a good way to begin and to set the groundwork for your new career. After your initial training, you can expand from your primary therapy training and add new varieties to your repertoire.
You can even locate web sites that offer training as a massage therapist over the internet and they tout that you can learn your skills and become certified using them as your instructor or massage therapy school. Is this possible? Well, maybe. Again, check what the requirements are in your state and then follow their guidance.
If there are several reputable massage therapy schools in your area and you can not figure out which one to choose, ask other licensed therapist. They should be able to provide you with enough information to help you narrow down the possibilities. Once you narrow your search, check with the Better Business Bureau about the schools'they keep a record of people's complaints concerning businesses.
Massage therapy has become an important part of general health care for many people living in today's stressful world and finding the right massage therapy school for your training is essential. Study hard; learn your lessons, and practice on your friends-they will love getting free massages and you get to practice on real people.
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