Making the Most out of Continuing Education
Across the nation, massage therapists to comply with a professional license code, which requires continuing education in the field of communicable diseases, CPR training, ethics and education. While many massage therapists take the minimum number of courses, or select the available courses close to home, there are practical or cheap, it is important to take advantage of this educational opportunity and choose classes ahead of time, to suit your specific interests.
For example, complete students who have considered to advance their career within the Reiki massage, neuromuscular Massage therapy (NMT) or medical massage should consider these modalities require multiple courses for lengthy and in-depth, and can take several months or years. And while the process against this kind of certification is actually more time-consuming than for example a weekend class in hot stone technique, it is a step towards a valuable skill that not only increases a CV, but also brings in new customers, helps to massage therapists promote it more effectively, and lays the Foundation for a long-lasting and profitable massage career.
Start by reviewing the various training options offered at schools in your immediate area, as well as regionally. Educate yourself about time requirements, costs and specific details about each modality, and really consider what it takes to be a seasoned professional in that field. This way, you can maximize your time and money on the necessary continuing education courses.
Sports Massage, Reiki, Pregnancy Massage, and More
When you envision yourself working as a massage therapist several years down the line-where do you see yourself working? In a chiropractor's Office? For a ballet troupe, soccer team, or running club? Maybe in a holistic center, spa or independent practice? Each massage therapist will enter the profession for various reasons, and it is important to understand what excites and motivates you on a massage career. Some massage therapists are particularly athletic or interested in sport, and it is this type of therapist who is most often attracted to sports massage. Therapists who enter this practice often work with athletes before, during and after sporting events to prevent injuries and to treat existing damage.
Medical massage incorporates several techniques, and may include sports massage, Craniosacral Therapy and NMT. Medical massage and its associated practices are often performed by therapists with an interest in injury treatment and prevention as a full time massage career. Other masseuses gravitate towards energy healing, such as Reiki, which is purported to create a healing effect, physically, mentally and spiritually. Therapists who have an interest in Reiki may also be interested in acupressure, or aromatherapy. Therapists who want to expand their practice to accommodate pregnant clients may be interested in becoming certified in pregnancy massage, which makes it possible for massage therapists to understand and perform a medically appropriate massage for a mother.
Whatever your interest in a long-term massage career, which continues training courses available to further your chosen specialty. Again, think about why you want to pursue a particular speciality, and what you think it will give back to you and your customers. Do you see yourself taking advantage of the special skills for years with your customers? In such cases consider carefully with whom you want to spend your time and money. Find the right program and start another educational travel. You and your customers will benefit from your efforts, as you pursue your favorite niche in the great world of advanced massage training.
Certification and Training
Finally, sometimes continuing education classes and experience aren't the only massage therapists to practice a specialty in this field. Check with your State Licensing Board to ensure that you have met the minimum credit hours for a special modality. To date, there is no licensing body for Reiki, but it is necessary to have achieved a "level III" status in order to promote you as a Reiki Master in your massage career.
Likewise, pregnancy massage is not being managed by an accredited body, but most providers of continuing education will not issue a certification, until the student has completed a minimum number of credit hours, typically supported by graded exams, practical exercises and homework. For certification in neuromuscular therapy massage as a career, massage therapists take courses, training, schedule and sit for an exam and receive a score proves competence in this field. School or instructor of an advanced massage therapy specialty should be able to explain any applicable certification requirements.
To find a specialty is an excellent step for massage therapists in their long term career, since it not only allows them to be well educated and better able to deal with clients, but exposes the therapist to a whole new field of massage and its benefits. So if you are considering developing a specialty, do your research, ask questions and have fun learning about how you can further your massage career while helping your customers.