By Peter Faber
If you are considering engaging in a great career in massage
therapy, let me compliment you on your selection. Massage is
one of the few careers which aids individuals in need, allows
flexible hrs, and for those who ambitiously pursue it, opens
the door to a lucrative income. Once you have decided on your
career, your next big decision should be which school to
attend. I have furnished a list of 5 valuable questions to ask
yourself when analyzing the huge amount of therapeutic massage
schools to choose from.
Question 1: What is the timeframe that it will it choose from
beginning to end? Massage schools have a broad variety when it
comes how much time must be invested to finish. Massage
schools can vary anywhere from 6 - 15 months, or longer.
this in mind, you have to ask yourself two important questions
in regards to the amount of time you place in your education.
Remember, if you hurry through a program, you have a better
chance of missing out on something. On the other side of the
coin, you have to also weigh how much money you may lose if
have to spend 6 months to a year longer in school when you
be getting your income rolling.
Question 2: Will it be very expensive? Education tuition might
vary anywhere from $6.00 to $17.00 per hour of education! The
average usually falls around $9.00 or $10.00 per credit hour.
If you are in an unlicensed state and want to join a quick
program, you may actually be able to get the necessary
training for under $1,000. In licensed states, which require
hours, tuition usually ranges from $5,000.00 to $9,000.00..
schools include the cost of supplies, or even a massage table.
Be sure to factor in what is included verses what you are
called upon to acquire before you commit. For example, if one
school costs $1400 and includes your table, it will end up
being cheaper than the school which costs $1000, but requires
you to purchase a table. Tables run an average of around $500.
Question 3: Will therapeutic massage school hours work with
rest of my loyalties? Virtually all schools are aware that the
individuals who are attending their curriculum have other
things to do as well. Most students have to hold down jobs
while attending massage school, while others have children at
home. Many schools offer programs designed to cater to the
working adult. Check to make sure that the school you like
offers a variety of schedules to meet your needs.
Question 4: How do I pay for it? When you compare the cost of
becoming a licensed massage therapist verses the cost of a
bachelors degree, you would save approximately $60,000. Even
so, most of us do not have $5,000 - $9,000 lying available to
place in an education. Hence, financial aid is important to
consider. Keep the following in mind: All federal loans and
grants for education can be paid only to students attending
federally accredited schools. Look for a reputable
accreditation, such as the Integrative Massage & Somatic
Therapies Accreditation Council, which has been recognized by
the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting
Question 5: How long will it take to get to the massage
school? If you have narrowed it down to a couple of schools,
choose the closer one! With the cost of gas rising, congestion
getting worse all the time, road rage, and wear-and-tear on
your vehicle, location should be a priority. Picture yourself
making the same drive 5 days a week before you choose that
little school across town.
Again let me congratulate you on your career choice. Massage
Therapy School can be one of the greatest decisions you may
decide upon. I hope that these words of advice will turn out
timely for you as you start out your journey into a wonderful
About The Author: Mitchel Johnston is a avid writer and
therapeutic massage buff. A suggested site which he enjoys is:
www.nmsnt.org/ - Massage Therapy