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For those who aim to ease the aches and pains of today’s fast-paced life, massage school is a great way to earn a degree in less than a year and to learn how to help others by improving their health and sense of well being.

Massage therapists are more in demand these days, and many earn from $40 to $60 an hour. Many massage therapists work privately, running a practice from their homes or along with other medical professionals in a clinic. Other massage therapists are employed as staff in gyms, spas, resorts, and work in with orthopedic doctors, and chiropractors.

Massage therapists are in demand for sports medicine, especially for sports like football for which injuries are commonplace.

Those interested in becoming massage therapists can obtain their certification and complete classes at massage school relatively quickly. State registration usually takes 7 months and national registration can take a year to complete. Depending on how specialized the course is, it can last 300, 500 or 700 hours.

These classes can be taken full-time or in the evenings. Upon graduation, a massage therapist can be expected to make anywhere from $20,000 to $70,000 a year (over half of massage graduates make at least $30,000).

There are minimum requirements for applying to massage school, including:-

  • A high school degree or a GED
  • Completed application form
  • Interview
  • A record of good health

Many admissions officials at massage schools will perform a background check and will refuse to admit a student who has been convicted of a felony, such as assault or sexual offenses.

Some schools require an application processing fee and the payment of a portion of the tuition before beginning the course. Most students who fit the above requirements are admitted to massage school.

Usually the most basic course at massage school is around 300 hours and consists of 250 hours of classroom work and 50 hours spent on an internship at a clinic.

A typical course list includes:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Human Anatomy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Human health and Hygiene
  • Business Practices and Ethics

Most Western massage techniques are based on Swedish massage, and it is the basis of coursework for most massage schools. Eastern methods can be learned as a specialty and it is possible to find a massage school that uses Eastern massage technique as a basis for its course.

Knowledge of human anatomy is essential for any massage therapist, and through study of the body, one can learn how to massage to improve health and a sense of well-being. Hydrotherapy is the science of using hot and cold water to create different physical effects that can heal and stimulate muscles.

This study is especially useful in sports medicine where ice packs alternate with hot wraps. The pores can be stimulated through hot and cold water treatments. Those who learn hydrotherapy are also taught how to apply herbal wraps and other body treatments.

Since massage therapist work with a number of clients a day, it is important that every student in massage school learns how to disinfect the work area and to prevent the spread of germs, therefore, students are required to take classes in Health and Hygiene.

Many massage therapists go into private practice, and the business ethics and practices course is intended to give the graduate from massage school all the information he or she needs to know about taxes, marketing and running a clinic.

Upon completing a course at massage school, the student is given a practical exam to ensure that he or she has mastered basic concepts and techniques. Once he or she is certified by the State and nationally, the graduate can begin to work as a massage therapist.

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