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Top 5 Things To Ask About A School For Massage Therapy

By Mike McAuthor

In the course of studying all of the different options when it comes to massage therapy schools, I have generated five useful questions to ask yourself when studying the huge amount of therapeutic massage schools you can attend. Like any great career change, certain facts must be studied before you dive in. A normal sized city will have at least 5 or more therapeutic massage schools in the area. Research has shown that one therapeutic massage school can be quite unique from the next. Hence, your first large choice should be which school to attend. Hopefully, the following questions will help you come to a decision.

Question number 1: How do I pay for it? When you see the cost of becoming a licensed massage therapist against the cost of a bachelors degree, even one which runs in upwards of $9,000.00 is far less expensive than a 4 year college alternative, which currently would cost $72,000 or more to complete.. Even so, most of us do not have $5,000 – $9,000 lying around to place in an education. Therefore, financial aid is important to consider. Consider this: 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 agency.

Question number 2: How can massage therapy school hours function with the rest of my responsibilities? Just about all massage therapy schools are mindful that the people who are attending their curriculum have other commitments as well. Nearly all students have to hold down jobs while attending therapeutic massage school, while others have children at home. If you are one of the many people with obligations outside of the classroom, don’t dispair. Most schools offer a variety of schedules to choose from.


Question number 3: How expensive is it going to be? School tuition can vary anywhere from $6.00 to $17.00 per hour of training! The average generally falls around $9.00 or $10.00 per credit hour. Some schools include the cost of what you need. Add up what is included verses what you are called upon to buy before you invest.

Question number 4: About how long will it take from beginning to end? Schools have a full variety when it comes how much investment is required to finish. Therapeutic massage schools can range anywhere from 6 – 15 months, or longer. Keeping this information in mind, you must ask yourself two important questions in regards to how long you put forth in your education. Remember, if you are sped through a program you have a better chance of missing out on something (though occasionally you may come across a school which can provide an adequate education in 6 months). On the other side of the coin, you have got to also consider how much money you might lose if you are learning rather than working.

Question number 5: How far away is the massage therapy 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 nice little school across town.

Again let me compliment you on your career choice. Massage school can be one of the brightest life-changing choices you will ever make. I hope that these tips will turn out helpful for you as you run your adventure into one of the greatest professions in the world.

About the Author: Mike McAuthor is a freelance author and massage connoisseur. A recommended site which he loves is:

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