Massage courses, like most training courses are usually offered at career schools and colleges. However, more and more schools offer online courses of these programs as part of the institution’s distance learning program. They’re usually called ‘online programs in massage therapy’ or related fields. Since massage is a hands-on practice, trainings traditionally take place in schools. Online courses try to capture the teaching ideas through the use of video modules, podcasts, or even live streams. Massage therapy online courses are usually found through continued education programs for people with experience in the field. But what’s the best option for those still looking for the right course, and are having a hard time to pick one? Here are some tips.
For starters, doing your due diligence to research in finding the right course can save a lot of money and time. But how do you do it?
Step 1: Understand Why You Want to Learn Massage
Most people search for massage courses and make a living out of being a massage therapist. But some people have different motives. Some want it for personal development, some want to help their family and friends cope with minor aches and pains, some want to give massages as a side job, etc. There are tons of options out there, and knowing why you want to learn this skill is the first step to find the right one for you.
Step 2: Set Your Budget
Though it’s true that you get what you pay for, it definitely doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money just to attend a 2-year massage course if you only plan on massaging your significant other. There are lots of introductory courses and short courses out there where you can learn the basic principles. If you’re looking to make a living out of it, then it is worth to invest in knowledge and skill development. Of course, look for something that is within your budget. Do your homework and research for the best deals out there.
Step 3: Know Your Massage Style
There are tens, if not hundreds of different massage styles, theories and techniques out there. There is Swedish massage, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Thai, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Sports massage, Pregnancy massage, Trigger Point massage, etc. Some may have similarities from the others, but most often than not, they are unique and require different skills and training. Also, some people may require specific type of massage for their condition or ailments.
Before you choose a training course, make sure you have a good idea what kind of massage you want to learn. Research online for different types of massages, what makes them unique and know their benefits. This way, you can specialize your training and find the right fit to your skill development.
Step 4: Shop Around, Ask Around
There are countless of sources of information out there. You can check Yellow pages, your newspaper, and of course, the Internet, to find and know more about different massage courses being offered in your area.
Ask around your friends, family, or colleagues if they know any massage training school in your area. Or better yet, ask your massage therapist for suggestions.
Step 5: Call the School and Speak to the Instructor
Once you have narrowed down your list of training courses and their contact numbers, it is time to know more about their program. Ask about their course, its contents, length of training, requirements, price, etc.
Also, ask to speak (or even meet) with the instructor. This way, you can assess the course better and know if it’s the one you’re looking for.
Step 6: Background Check the School
Make sure the school you’re dealing with is licensed, accredited, and qualified to conduct massage courses. You can also ask for reference and call their past students and ask them about their feedback of the school, the program and of course, the instructors.