Before Considering Massage Therapy School

3 Things to do before considering Massage Therapy School

3 Things To Do Before Considering Massage Therapy School

By Lana J Russell, RMT

Most people don’t just wake up one day and say “I’m going to enroll in Massage School.” It’s a choice that takes time, preparation, and most of all decision making. Once the idea occurs to you, there are a few essential sources that can help you research the Massage Therapy field. You’ve taken one of the most important steps by coming to our MassageSchoolsGuide.

These next three things will be a rich source of experience in deciding if massage therapy is the path for you. The journey can begin differently for everyone; for me it began when I was 12 years old and read a book on Aromatherapy.

Essential Aromatherapy by Carole McGilvery and Jimi Reed still sits on the bookshelf in my studio today. It was lent to me randomly by a store owner, matter of fact I forgot to return it, whoops. Surely she’d be happy to know it sent me on a long path to helping others with massage. Reading this book was my first exposure to the various types of alternative therapies, using essential oils and massage techniques.

This brings me to my first suggestion of the 3 things to do before considering Massage Therapy School.

1)    Read a book. Go to your favorite book store, even a local health food store like Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage and browse the alternative healing books. Perhaps you’re already on a student budget; well there’s always your local library. Don’t limit your scope either, as it was an aromatherapy book that eventually led me into Massage Therapy.

2)    Get a Massage. It can be up to a $60 investment, but schedule a professional massage for yourself at a top notch spa or health clinic. You’d be surprised how many massage therapy students have never actually gotten a massage from a professional. Not that you can base your entire opinion of Massage Therapy on this hour long experience, but it will literally give you a feel for the field.

3)    Get Schooled. So you’ve read a book or two, gotten a massage, and now find yourself at MassageSchoolsGuide. Once you’ve narrowed down a school for you, start by taking an introductory massage therapy course.

Before I enrolled at my massage therapy school, there was a $50 introductory course that brought me into the basics. The course helped me decide that Massage Therapy was definitely for me and was actually applied as credit to my first semester. Check with your prospective school and see if they offer an introductory course.

These 3 steps are good practice for being a student anyway; it’s called doing your homework. While there may be any number of things you can do to explore Massage Therapy, I’m sure you’ll find that these suggestions are the most accessible.