Becoming a Massage Therapist

How to obtain a massage therapy degree

If you are considering a career as a massage therapist, here's a few tips to help you make an informed decision:

  • First, receive several massages yourself to see what technique best suits you.

  • Consider the physical, mental and social aspects of the profession.


  • Job-shadow another massage therapist you trust and respect. This is an excellent way to see first hand if massage therapy is suitable for you.

  • Interview several massage therapists. Ask them common questions to see if there are any discrepancies or concerns.

  • Research the different types of massage and the schools that offer them.

  • Consider the type of massage you want to study, wether it is relaxation, Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage or a combination. This is important, because in the end you must feel comfortable with the technique you have chosen to study.


Keep in mind - over half the trained massage therapists today have quit within a year because they did not research and feel confident with their particular technique.

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