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Questions to Ask a Massage School

Many people go to massage schools to prepare for a career in massage therapy. These institutions typically teach a wide range of techniques, from Thai massage to deep pressure therapies. But massage schools are not all alike, and before you devote your time and money to one, it’s best to keep a few important questions in mind.

  • Is the school accredited?
    The majority of massage schools are not accredited—that is, they do not meet the minimum training and educational standards set down by a regulatory organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. But a degree or diploma from an accredited school is more valuable on the job market. Also, you may not qualify for financial aid if the school lacks accreditation. At present, there are seven accreditation agencies, the most widely recognized being the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Most accreditation agencies maintain websites that allow the public to confirm a school’s status.

  • Does the school help prepare for certification exams?
    Most states require massage therapists to pass an exam before they can legally work in the area. Generally, you will have to take either the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) or the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM). You should check to ensure that the school’s curriculum will prepare you for these.

  • What does the curriculum cover?
    Massage encompasses a wide range of physical therapy techniques. Aside from the well-known Thai and Swedish traditions, it can also reach into areas such as aromatherapy and acupressure. Some schools lack a deep curriculum and may teach only a few techniques.

  • Should I get a degree or a diploma?
    A degree is more prestigious than a diploma, but a degree is also expensive and takes longer to complete. Many practitioners in massage and alternative physical therapy believe that a diploma is sufficient.

  • STANDARD LISTINGS:   MASSAGE-SCHOOLS IN/NEAR OCEANSIDE
    Kaplan College Write review for this local business
    2022 University Dr, Vista, CA 92083
    (760) 630-1555  
    Vitality College of Healing Arts & Clinic Write review for this local business
    6353 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009
    (760) 931-0704  
    Vitality Better Massage Inc. Write review for this local business
    243 N Highway 101 Ste 5, Solana Beach, CA 92075
    (858) 259-9491  
    Healing Hands School of Holistic Health Write review for this local business
    125 W Mission Ave Ste 212, Escondido, CA 92025
    (760) 746-9364  
    Bellus Academy Write review for this local business
    13266 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064
    (858) 248-4452  
    School of Healing Arts Write review for this local business
    1001 Garnet Ave Ste 220, San Diego, CA 92109
    (858) 581-9460  
    I Psb Write review for this local business
    9025 Balboa Ave Ste 130, San Diego, CA 92123
    (858) 505-1100  
    Healing Hands Write review for this local business
    23022 La Cadena Dr Ste 104, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    (949) 305-2722  
    Beauty Boutique Colleges of Beauty Write review for this local business
    1520 E Plaza Blvd, National City, CA 91950
    (619) 474-6607  
    Lifestyle Chiropractic Write review for this local business
    2091 W Florida Avenue, Hemet, CA 92545
    (951) 929-0019  
    Alive Institute of Massage Write review for this local business
    555 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 691-6936  
    National Holistic Institute - Orange County Massag Write review for this local business
    201 Sandpointe Ave Ste 100, Santa Ana, CA 92707
    (714) 668-9263  
    Pacific College Write review for this local business
    3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 662-4402  
    American Institute of Massage Therapy Inc Write review for this local business
    1570 Brookhollow Dr Ste 200, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 432-7879  
    MS Healing Touch Write review for this local business
    2790 Harbor Blvd Ste 307, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 429-1588  
    Oc Body Care Write review for this local business
    660 Baker St Ste 417, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 668-9618  
    Everest College Write review for this local business
    500 W Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 656-1000  
    Academy of Holistic Health Arts & School of Massag Write review for this local business
    2357 S San Jacinto Ave, San Jacinto, CA 92583
    (951) 766-0227  
    California College of Physical Arts Write review for this local business
    18582 Beach Blvd Ste 14, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 964-7744  
    Martial Arts USA Write review for this local business
    19525 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 374-5006  
    Eastern Ancient Massage Write review for this local business
    6709 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA 92506
    (951) 784-1606  
    Shiasu Massage Write review for this local business
    4640 Galena St, Riverside, CA 92509
    (951) 681-1240  
    American Career College Write review for this local business
    1200 N Magnolia Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 952-9066  
    Everest College Write review for this local business
    511 N Brookhurst St Ste 300, Anaheim, CA 92801
    (888) 647-6635  
    School of Holistic Touch Write review for this local business
    302 S Milliken Ave Ste B, Ontario, CA 91761
    (909) 937-2055  

    Students looking to attend massage school for training should seek out one that is reputable and accredited. Many programs take about a year to finish. The student then must pass an exam to become certified and licensed. They must reapply for a license every so often to keep up their certification. Students can attend a massage school full or part time.

    Massage school courses may include anatomy and physiology, pathology and combination of theory and hands-on practice. Students can learn appropriate sanitation and personal hygiene practices, emotional effects of touch, pain assessment skills, as well as pain and tension relieving skills.

    Students at massage schools are exposed to many different types of massage therapy techniques, providing a full range of capabilities. This may involve learning Thai, deep tissue, hot stone and shiatsu massage techniques. Each one has its own pressure points and techniques. Many such schools offer small class sizes where students can learn within a low teacher-to-student ratio, which allows for more intense hands-on training for Thai, deep tissue, Swedish and other physical massages. Massage therapy schools often offer subsets of natural, alternative and holistic health care to relax the body. These areas may focus on acupressure, reflexology, homeopathy and aromatherapy. Masseuses can employ these physical healing therapies in conjunction with massage to provide a well-rounded range of services once they own their own spa or chiropractic office.

    Those who want to become a massage therapist should start with each school’s website for more information. They should then get in touch with the admissions department at each school to speak to a qualified admissions counselor.



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