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0 Comments | Apr 21, 2011

How to Choose a Massage Therapy School

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If you want to become a massage therapist, then you need to do your homework to decide what school is best for you. After all, if you want to practice deep tissue massage in Chicago and either weren’t trained well or aren’t licensed for the state of Illinois, you’re going to have problems. Here are a few important questions to consider when looking into a school or training center.

Massage therapists are licensed on a state level, not a federal level, so you may want to decide what state you want to practice in before you choose a school. The simplest way to go about it is to go to school in the same state you want to practice in, but if you feel you may need to move around, get familiar with the licensing requirements in the states you’re considering. Failure to do so is going to put a major cramp in your plans, so to speak.

Verify the curriculum of the school you are considering. Make sure they teach the specific styles of massage you want to focus on. You probably are going to want to speak with them and ask about their success rate as well. Many massage therapists work as entrepreneurs as well – you can be a part of a larger studio, but you need to market yourself to some extent. Does the school offer any guidance here? Do they have any graduates that have been successful? What is their success rate?

Finally, money shouldn’t dictate your choices, but some massage styles are better known, and therefore prove to be more popular. You may want to take that into consideration as well. You may truly be interested in some obscure form of deep tissue massage, but knowing how to do sports massage in Chicago will help pay the mortgage. You want to be profitable as well.

Choosing a massage therapy school is the first step in becoming a successful business owner. Not only do you need to make sure your school teaches the types of massage you’re interested in, you also need to make sure they will assist you in sustaining yourself at the same time. These are the most basic questions you need good answers for.

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