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There are hundreds of massage therapy schools, each offering a vast variety of massage and bodywork modalities to their students. The most popular hands-on courses emphasize deep tissue massage, chair massage, sports massage and Swedish massage.

Each state and each individual school mandates their own set of requirements for becoming a certified massage therapist. This is the reason why you may find a variation in the number of credit hours required to complete coursework (typically from 300 to over 1,000 hours). Students should carefully review courses prior to enrollment so they can meet the requirements to sit for a state or national certification exam and become certified to practice massage therapy.

On average, massage therapy schools extend 500-hour training programs. In a general course of study, future massage therapists will gain an overall understanding of therapeutic massage, its benefits, and its effective application.

While some massage therapy schools may focus primarily on basic massage methods, others provide all-inclusive, practical training in a broad collection of somatic techniques. In addition to deep tissue, Swedish and sports massage, students can receive comprehensive training in over a hundred types of massage-related therapies, such as: medical massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular massage therapy, prenatal massage, Shiatsu, reflexology, Tuina, Thai massage, craniosacral therapy, and many others. A few massage therapy schools integrate more advanced therapies (such as chiropractics or acupuncture) along with basic massage instruction, to give students a greater variety of methods from which to choose.

Typically, students receive more than massage therapy training; they will also learn about anatomy and physiology so as to better comprehend the functions and structures of the human body. Additionally, massage therapy courses often include other specific discipline(s), as well as history, patient assessment methods, health and hygiene, first aid and CPR, business, ethics, marketing, and most commonly, an internship program.

One of the nicer elements of massage therapy schools is that classes are often smaller in size than traditional schools; so individualized attention is directed to each and every apprentice for effective training. Furthermore, massage therapy schools frequently offer superb financial aid programs that allow students to gain proficient massage therapy training without worrying about how they are going to pay for tuition.

Massage therapy schools train future massage therapists to work in the health services industry, helping people to relax, and reducing clients' stress. Statistically, the expected job growth in this particular field is expected to rise in the coming years. Those who are seeking a unique and health services-related course of study may find massage therapy training to be beneficial to obtaining gainful employment, as well as allowing the therapist to become part of a natural healthcare program that is committed to enhancing mind, body and spirit.

If you are thinking about enrolling in a Massage Therapy School to attain your education in massage therapy, feel free to visit the Natural Healing Directory at SchoolsGalore.com, where you will find Massage Schools,Bodywork Schools, Holistic Schools, Natural Healing Schools, Colleges, Universities, Vocational Schools and Online Schools.


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