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Massage Schools - More Than Just Your Average Trade School

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Contrary to common belief, massage schools offer more than just coursework in massage and bodywork; there are a great number of massage schools that provide in-depth curriculums in anatomy and physiology, entailing diverse levels of instruction in cellular, tissue, organ, molecular, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Students will gain a general understanding of how the body functions, and how these systems work together in order to maintain balanced homeostasis. Other vital training may involve skills in communication, basic business, and relevant massage practice software instruction.

Aside from pathology and clinical practice, massage schools also provide education and training in body mechanics; more specifically, kinesiology. As a science, kinesiology shows the interrelationship between muscles and human movement. Massage therapy students will learn how this biological function is integral to overall wellbeing, and will use this knowledge to further their massage skills.

Okay, now comes the best part of massage school training: the diverse modalities that are offered. In addition to standard massage therapies such as Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue and reflexology, massage programs also afford extensive training in Shiatsu, acupressure, Chinese medical massage, Tuina, Lomi Lomi, neuromuscular therapy, lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral therapy, and over 100 other massage modalities!

Massage schools teach these and other unique massage therapies so students are better able to expand their expertise and practice. Those who successfully finish their massage training may attain a certificate of completion or diploma (depending on the individual school). While each school and state vary in educational requirements, it is wise for prospective students to carefully review curriculums so all necessary requirements can be met to achieve appropriate certification and/or diploma.

If you are thinking about enrolling in a Massage School to attain your education in massage therapy, feel free to visit the Natural Healing Directory at SchoolsGalore.com, where you will find information about Massage Therapy Schools, Natural Healing Schools, and other Natural Health Schools.


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