If you have been considering a career as a massage therapist, then there are several things you will want to consider when deciding if becoming one is for you. Massage Therapy is a wonderful career choice. The demands of a Massage Therapist are not for everyone.
When considering a career as a licensed massage therapist, you may want to ask yourself the following questions and
consider carefully the answers. Take out
a piece of paper and write out your answers to the following questions. Once you have done that you will want to
research the requirements to become a Massage Therapist in your state.
It may seem only logical that a person has experienced a
massage before they would ever consider the possibility of becoming a professional
in the field. The truth is many students enroll in school every year and have never received a massage
in their life. It is important to know
that you are comfortable being touched before you consider touching
others. The best way to find out for
sure how you feel about receiving a massage is to receive one from a
licensed professional therapist in your community.
Although it has been more than ten years since its publication this guide still provides a sound introduction into the career of massage therapy. For current information on licensure and establishment codes in your community it would be best to consult your state massage therapy board and county or city for zoning codes. For the "what it will be like" and "what it will take" to become a therapist this book provides an excellent window into massage therapy as a career.
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Why do I want to be a Massage Therapist? This is an important question to be able to articulate. If you do not have an answer today, you will want to consider this further before applying to schools. Massage Therapy generally requires a license, although not every state in the union requires licensure at this time. If the state you live in does require licensure then there will be some form of examination required in order to become licensed. Different states have different requirements for becoming a licensed massage therapist.
If you are not a native English speaker than taking course
work form an English speaking instructor may be a challenge. Many states have made accommodations for Spanish
speaking individuals. Some massage
schools have Spanish speaking instructors.
It is important that you inquire about licensing requirements and
examination requirements before you sign an enrollment contract with any
If you are a male considering a career as a massage therapist it is important for you to know why you want to be a massage therapist. There are many male therapists in the field of massage therapy and every one of them will tell you that it is more challenging for a male to be successful. It is vital to be able to clearly answer for yourself the question “Why do I want to be a Massage Therapist”?
One of the best things to do while considering the possibility that a career in massage therapy is to schedule an appointment with a massage therapist in your community. Let them know at the beginning of the appointment that you are interested in becoming a massage therapist and be prepared to ask them the following questions. If you are male schedule an appointment with a male therapist to find out firsthand what it is like for male therapists in your community.
If you are a female and you are not sure you feel
comfortable having a male give you a massage, it would be highly beneficial if
you received a massage from a professional licensed male therapist
before you enroll in school. It
will be a part of your training to practice your massage skills and most
schools today have a balanced enrollment of male and female students. Massage training is more challenging than
many people realize, the more research you do the better prepared you will be
to be successful upon graduation.
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