Massage Schools Continuing Education (Part 1)

Continuing Massage Education

In previous blogs, we talked about how one’s education continues after massage school.  Experienced massage therapists strongly recommend that graduates should make the time to take continuing education courses.  Some states in fact require it.  But consider continuing education not as just another requirement to comply with but as a promising channel for learning the latest trends and coping with career challenges.

We did some research and it looks like a significant majority of massage schools offer continuing education courses.  Let’s look at a couple of them:

Virginia School of Massage in Charlottesville, Virginia

You’ll find an interesting array of continuing education courses here at the Virginia School of Massage.  Judging from their 2008 continuing education calendar, they include courses that could potentially attract a large number of massage therapists who are keen on upgrading their skills:

– Lomi-Lomi
– Hot Rockin/Sweet Feet Reflexology & Aromatherapy
– Creative Touch
– Japanese Zen Facial w/Aromatherapy

The courses range in price from $150.00 to $280.00, and some are taught on weekends.  The Virginia School of Massage in Charlottesville also offer reviews for the National Certification Exam.

National American University (NAU) in Bloomington, Minnesota

NAU in Bloomington offer the Associate of Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage Degree and the Diploma in Therapeutic Massage.  Although not specifically stating that it has a continuing education department, their program goals show that graduates can continue learning.  Their two specific goals relating to continuing education are:

– “prepare professionals who value education and recognize the importance of lifelong learning through participating in professional research, continuing education activities, and involvement in professional memberships and organizations.”
– “qualify graduates to pursue higher education in related areas of study.”

In addition to Bloomington, NAU also has other branches in Minnesota:  Brooklyn Center, Roseville, and Minnetonka.  All three branches also offer the Associate Degree of Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage and the Diploma in Therapeutic Massage.

It would be worth your while to take a closer look at the continuing education courses offered by massage schools because what happens after you obtain your degree is probably just as exciting, if not more exciting.  Establish a good relationship with the massage school of your choice so that you stay abreast of developments and trends that may improve your chances of opening up your own clinic or joining an organization with an impressive network of professionals and associations.

In our next blog, more school-hopping for continuing education courses!





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