There are many career paths in holistic health and alternative medicine. Which one you choose depends largely on your own interests. Massage Therapy is one of those polular paths. While I'm not a massage therapist, I'd guess that to be one, you'd have to be comfortable working very closely ON people. You'd probably also have to be in relatively good physical condition with strong hands and a good endurance level.
If you've ever had a professional massage, you've seen that there's a lot of standing involved and hand manipulation that must surely require a high degree of strength and stamina. Have you ever tried to massage someone for 60 minutes straight? It's certainly not a walk in the park.
With all that said, however, massage therapy school training could very well be perfect for you. Especially if you love working with people and find fulfillment in having a very positive effect on their overall well-being. There are few other professions that people look toward with such good feelings! After all, who doesn't love a good massage?
What to look for in a massage therapy school
As with any career path, it is important to do your research before hand. Talk to local massage professionals and ask how they got into the field. What type of training did they receive? Did they find that their training had prepared them thoroughly for their job? Or did they wish that other components would have been added to their course to make their training more effective, better preparing them for the reality of their job?
Ask about professional massage organizations that you should be aware of, accreditations in the massage field, etc. Visit websites of massage school listings and review many sites before making a decision of which school to attend. Don't forget to check with the Better Business Bureau too to make sure that there have been no problems with your school of choice. Single complaints are not much to be concerned with in most cases. Even the best of schools can have a complaint now and then - that's just the nature of providing a service - some people are never satisfied and love to complain about every little thing. What you should be concerned with is if there are several complaints over a short period of time. That would indicate a trend and you should investigate the massage school in more detail (talk to past graduates, employers who hire graduates, etc.), or choose another massage school with a better record.
About the author: Karma-Net 2005
Massage is the oldest form of healing known to man. A good massage relieves many symptoms and conditions and has been shown to improve a person's quality of life. Massage involves stroking, kneading, and pressing the soft tissues of the body in order to induce a state of total relaxation. Massage increases oxygen rich blood to the heart helps to prevent plaque from forming in the arteries. Fresh blood, enriched with nutrients and healing elements, are pumped to the cells of the skin, muscles and bones to promote new cell regeneration. Massage can induce deep relaxation of the body and mind, as well as increased circulation of the lymph (fluid of the lymphatic system that contains natural antibodies) strengthens the immune system and improves overall health. This course will cover the history of massage as well as the various strokes associates with massage. It will require hands-on practice. A massage routine is included in the course, although you will want to revise it so that it is comfortable for you. There is also a lesson on other therapies (body work) available. Disclaimer: This course is not a state approved course. It is a self-help course to give the basics of massage therapy. Each state has its'own regulations and policies regarding massage therapy and you must check with your state to find out what they require. This class is in no way meant to be a substitute for medical care. It is for informational purposes only. The uses outlined are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Nothing listed within the content of this course should be considered as medical advice. As always, you should consult your health care professional for individual guidance for specific health problems. Instructor Kristine Renning
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