Is there anything more relaxing or rewarding as a massage? The gentle or stimulating touch from the therapist. Your mind melting and stresses drifting away. Entering a serene state as your tissues are treated, muscles manipulated, and body brought back to vitality and healing.
What does studying the different massage courses involve?
The first thing to consider is what type of massage you want to learn. And there are a lot of massage techniques to choose from!
- Remedial massage
- Swedish massage
- Chinese massage
- Full body massage
- Lomi Lomi massage
- Thai massage
- Hot stone massage
- Connective tissue massage
That’s a lot of massage modalities to choose from. And that’s why many training providers offer massage courses that encompass the whole suite of styles. Then you can learn about and practice each one, while gaining an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology – essentials when manipulating the body, providing treatment plans, and promoting health and healing.
Massage courses – What should I choose?
So now you know you have two options when studying massage – an all-encompassing course that covers many massage therapies, or a massage course that centres on just one such as a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy.
It can be a good idea to complete a short course first. Then you can sample the different styles and decide on the training that will be the most beneficial and enjoyable for you.
Next, think about how much time you have to devote to training. If you have a fairly free schedule, you could undertake an intensive course and graduate in just a few weeks. Or you may prefer a part-time timetable, or opt for on-line or distance education – although you will need to do some practical hands-on training at some stage. But with so many massage schools in Australia, there’s likely to be one close to your neck of the woods.
What are some good questions to ask?
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, prepare a list of questions to ask each provider such as:
- Does the course cover anatomy and other theory?
- What are the practical components?
- Will I also learn business skills such as marketing and client management?
- Are FEE-HELP or scholarships available?
- What are my work options once graduating?
- How much will I pay, including materials?
- Is the course recognised by industry associations?
That last question is pretty important. Always check that a course is recognised by one of several industry associations, such as the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Association of Massage Therapists, or Australian Association of Massage Therapists.
It may seem like a lot of work now. But armed with the right information, you’ll have a greater chance of choosing the best course for you. And then you’ll be on your way to a fun and enriching career or hobby in massage.
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