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What to Expect During Massage Therapy School

What to Expect During Massage Therapy School

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

Do you enjoy helping others? Do relatives and friends bring their aching shoulders to you? Have you considered pursuing a profession in massage therapy?

If you're considering enrolling in massage therapy school, you probably have many questions about what to anticipate when you start this new journey. Rest assured, we have everything covered so that you can decide how you can become a massage therapist.

Things to Keep In Mind Before Going to Massage Therapy School

You must know a few requirements before applying to a massage therapy school. Most schools require applicants to possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Studying further than that will only benefit you in the long term.

Many states also require criminal background checks to receive a license to practice professional massage therapy, even if schools are not required to perform such checks.

Make sure you are in good physical condition, use appropriate form and posture for the work you will be doing, and think about scheduling massages for yourself.


What Does a Massage Therapy School Look Like?

Most of your program will be hands-on, so you will be taught various methods and types of massage. You will also study the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

When you graduate from most massage therapy programs, which typically run around a year, you'll be qualified to sit for the Massage Board Licensing Examination (MBLEx). The number of hours you take at a time in massage therapy school will also depend on your state's licensing requirements.

Once certified, massage therapists can work in clinics, hospitals, private offices, and spas. Many even open their own businesses.


So, now that you're familiar with the requirements, apply to the Soma Institute to begin your journey as a massage therapist!