Massage School Lectures

Massage School Lectures

When massage schools list lecture-based learning as part of their core curriculum, it can mean many different things. Almost all schools divide their time on basic foundation work and more hands-on training. The basic foundation work is where the lectures come in, and courses may include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Medical/Muscle Terminology
  • Business
  • Client Communication
  • Ethics

In massage therapy Associate degree programs, lecture courses will expand even more. That’s because in addition to massage training, you’ll receive general education credits similar to those in a four-year university setting. This means you’ll take social studies, communication, English, math, biology, and other courses unrelated to massage. Almost all of these take place in a traditional lecture setting.

For some programs, this might mean that you’ll be sitting in a huge college classroom, complete with stadium seating and a blackboard at the front. One instructor will be responsible for up to a hundred students, and the learning will be done largely at home and on your own. Tests and term papers commonly accompany this type of learning environment.

For other programs, the term “lecture” is used much more loosely. Because most massage schools offer small, select class sizes, you might be sitting in a room with ten of your peers, interacting directly with your instructor. In this format, the textbooks might be used for self-reference, but most of the learning is done face-to-face.

These different learning formats have both their pros and their cons, and students who might excel in one format could struggle in another. Learning at home (or online) can be great if you can be self-motivated and prefer a little anonymity in the classroom. More personalized help can give you great networking opportunities and allow you to ask all the questions you might have.

If you’re interested in attending massage school and you have a preference for one learning format over another, you should be sure and look at each school’s individual curriculum to determine what’s right for you. Ask how many students are in each class, what sort of testing and textbooks are required, and or even if you can sit in on one of the classes to see how it is run.



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