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Massage Therapy Schools: Advanced Courses

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Students can now enroll in massage therapy schools that offer advanced courses in a wide range of modalities. While practical training ranges from 300-500 hours, advanced educational programs will build upon and expand the healing skills of the practicing massage therapist.

Standard massage therapy curriculums frequently include deep tissue massage, Swedish massage and sports massage, but, did you realize that there are well over one hundred documented massage techniques that are provided in professional practices? Courses also often include the studies of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and other relevant studies. These are just some of the reasons why massage therapy schools offer an assortment of advanced classes.

In addition to the usual massage methods, students can take an extended course, which may run from 500 to over 1,000 class hours. Advanced training will include extensive hands-on massage therapy training, as well as instruction in massage theory and practice, and career development. The exciting part about these advanced courses is that individuals learn more than a new modality; they often learn about a whole new culture and the history behind the art of massage.

For example, Shiatsu (commonly interchanged with acupressure) is an age-old healing art that is from Japan. These particular advanced massage therapy courses teach students about energy meridians (often referred to as Chi) and how thumb pressure along these meridians may relieve stress and pain, and bring balance back to the body.

Another advanced massage therapy course is Thai massage, which originates from India and is drawn from Ayurveda. This specific massage is known to be about 2,500 years old and has been practiced for centuries.

Bowen Therapy (also known as Bowen Technique) is another specialty course offered at a number of massage therapy schools. A holistic system of healing, Bowen therapy was developed by Australian osteopath, Tom Bowen. This massage modality involves gentle, rolling movements accompanied by light touch to stimulate stress points.

Though there are many other massage modalities, the principle factor for extending advanced massage therapy courses to students is to improve upon skills, and to enable practitioners to present new and different techniques to clients in order to find the most effective method that works to relieve stress and other physical disorders. Additionally, the practitioner who possesses an advanced massage therapy certificate, diploma or degree will often find enhanced career and entrepreneurial prospects.

If you are thinking about enrolling in a Massage Therapy School to attain advanced courses in massage therapy, feel free to visit our Natural Healing Directory for more information.

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