Massage Therapy Internships

Massage Therapy Internships

Almost every massage school course list includes an internship or externship program. By definition, these programs provide the hands-on practical experience required by every state in order to complete your massage education and sit for the national massage exam. The internship reinforces what you’ve learned from your textbooks and in class, and gives you a chance to become comfortable with the therapist-client relationship.

 Types of Massage Internships

Not every massage internship is created equally. Some schools have on-site facilities that are open to the public (for a discounted student rate), and students are expected to put in a certain number of hours. Others have affiliations with area massage providers, and your training is completed in their facility per a pre-arranged agreement. A third and less common option is to perform your internship in as a TA (teaching assistant), in which you put in your required hours helping to teach new students to the program.

Additionally, internships can be located at a number of different facility types. In addition to on-site school clinics, these opportunities exist at:

  • Hospitals
  • Spas
  • Sports Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Medical Offices
  • Holistic Health Centers

In all cases, you should have plenty of supervised, hands-on learning time. Part of the reason you do an internship is so that you have time to ask questions, get help with trouble areas, and develop skills. You should also always ask about the potential of jobs opening up after you graduate, since you will already be putting in the time and getting to know the organization.

Choosing the Right Internship

Massage schools vary in how much flexibility they give their students regarding the required internship. (You can also opt to do an internship on your own, either before or after you graduate). If you are at a massage school that allows you to pick your provider, be sure and find a facility that matches your future career goals.

In some areas, massage internships can be competitive (especially the ones that pay), so it’s also a good idea to begin building a resume before you graduate. Take extra classes, participate in mentoring programs, and see what kinds of extra-curricular activities are open to you. It’s never too early to begin your massage career training, and since internships are already required, you can double the advantages by making the most out of yours.

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  1. Erica Phillips says:

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