Researching Massage Therapy Instructors

Researching Massage Therapy Instructors

One of the steps all massage students should take before choosing the right massage therapy school is to research the instructors at the school. No education—no matter what the field—is going to be enjoyable or productive if you don’t have the right teachers. In fact, a good massage instructor can be the key to your success—you’ll enjoy the program more, make more connections in the community, and feel motivated to keep learning. These are all important steps in this early part of your massage career.

But what does researching a massage therapy instructor mean? How can you learn more about your professors without overstepping their personal boundaries?

Asking Questions about Your Instructors

Most massage schools (the good ones, anyway) welcome your questions and inquiries. There should be a fairly open door policy when it comes to learning more about your prospective school—an unwillingness to talk to you is actually a red flag you should be wary of from all educational institutions. You can also go online to learn more or talk to students currently on campus as well as those who have graduated. Current students often make the best resource.

  • What is the student-to-instructor ratio? Ideally, you want no more than 20 students per instructor in an academic setting. Lecture classes might have more than that, but when you’re doing hands-on work, you will need the chance for one-on-one time.
  • What are the instructors’ academic credentials? What degrees do they hold, and where were they earned? (Be wary of teachers who only learned at the same school you’re attending—in this case, it’s good to have some academic diversity). Are they published with academic journals or do they attend regular conferences?
  • How long did the instructors practice massage therapy? This question is unique to the massage field. While an instructor with a strong academic focus can be a good thing, you also want teachers who have worked in the field and have practical experience.
  • What is their policy on out-of-classroom support? Not all learning takes place inside the classroom. Do they have office hours for additional support? Are they open to questions via email or phone if you are struggling with something?
  • Can you sit in on a class? Before you decide which massage school is right for you, sit in on a few classes with the same instructors you’ll have. That way, you can decide for yourself if their teaching style is compatible with the way you learn best.

No matter where you go to school or what you study, the student-teacher relationship is important. Take the time to get to know your instructors before you sign up for massage school, and the results will be a much better educational outcome and a much stronger support system you can rely on throughout all of your learning.




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