A career as a masseuse means a secure future both financially and spiritually. Massage therapy is in high demand, so there are always clients to be found. The help that a masseuse provides is extremely beneficial to a healthy regimen. The path to becoming a masseuse will vary greatly depending upon location, but there is always a program near you.
Check the Internet for local masseuse schools in your area. Choose your masseuse school based upon the certifications that are available upon completion of training and the success rates of school graduates. Read any available reviews written by former pupils and graduates of the program. These first-hand experiences will prove invaluable, providing you with accurate details of the school's procedures and techniques. You can also tour various schools and meet with current instructors for more information about the programs. Check with the administrative staff to arrange a meeting with a professor or to sit in on an entire lesson.
Applying for acceptance is your next step. Application procedures vary from school to school. Since massage therapy is considered a Holistic treatment, the application process will often include a section for personal reflection. In this portion of the application, you will have a chance to express your reasons for pursuing a career as a masseuse, your personal goals, and your theories on massage therapy. Take advantage of this section to really express your passion for the field of study. The application committee is sure to be impressed with any entry that is thorough as well as heartfelt.
Paying for your massage school program may present some challenges. These institutional programs generally run anywhere from seven thousand to twenty thousand or more for each session. (A session will be either three, six, or nine months, depending on the specific school policy). Few massage schools offer full scholarships, but many provide need based financial aid. When scouting schools, be sure to check the financial aid options of various institutues and see which ones offer the best options. If you are unable to receive financial aid through the school, you can also seek an educational loan at any major financial institution. When applying for such a loan, be sure to provide your proof of school registration as well as any documents confirming your current financial position.
Attendance at an orientation session upon acceptance will likely be mandatory. Be sure to take careful notes during this session and use the opportunity to meet as many of your future instructors and fellow students as possible. Attending school in addition to managing everyday life can be daunting, but staying organised and keeping a rigorous study schedule is the best way to avoid any setbacks in your program. Toward the end or your program, you will be put into an applied practice clinic where you will perform massage therapies on actual clients under the supervision of an instructor. This period is essential for helping you to develop proper technique as well as professionalism with clients. The length of time it takes to complete the program will depend largely on the level of certification you are seeking. For example, a certificate as a massage practitioner requires only 50 to 100 hours of instruction and assisted practice, while a full certified technician license may require as much as 500 hours.
Upon completion of the complete program, including your practice hours, you should receive a certification in a specific area of massage therapy. You can then take this certification and apply as a masseuse at a spa, salon, or licensed massage parlour. Or you can even open your own massage therapy business, either maintaining a retail space, or offering in-home massage treatments using a travelling massage table.