Online Massage Therapy Courses

Question:

I was wondering how much it costs to enrol in an on-line massage therapy course? What classes do you have to take in high school, to become a massage therapist? Is there an amount of time that you have to have your courses done by? Is there a course you can do at home such as a correspondence course?

Thank you

- Michelle


Answer:

Massage therapy is the type of career where hands-on experience is of great importance. I would seriously reconsider taking on-line courses to start off your career, as with this type of profession requires an extreme amount of hands-on experience in order to excel. The knowledge you gain from physically working on clients and other students is vital. The best experience you can possibly gain is through hands-on training. It will help you develop confidence in developing your own treatments and in your touch and assessment.

Most courses offered on-line will only cover the history of massage, and briefly describe the various strokes associated with massage. Most will require hands-on practice. A massage routine may be included in some online courses; although it will be very basic and you will want to revise it so that it is comfortable and specific to you. Online courses are usually self-help courses that give you the general basics of massage therapy. They are typically for general interest only and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. They are commonly not government or state approved courses - and you need this approval to obtain your licence and to practice therapeutic massage. Each state will have its own regulations and policies regarding massage therapy. So you should check your state requirements to find out whether they recognize online courses.

I do not recommend taking the initial stages of massage therapy online; however researching massage schools and courses on the internet is great! If you are already a certified massage therapist, taking advanced courses and additional training on the internet is a great way to expand you knowledge and for this, the internet is a very useful tool. You can also read more on guidelines and prerequisites for massage therapy programs by reading the Massage Therapy School Requirements page on the Massage Therapy 101 website.

Good Luck!

Karin

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