17 Frederick Street
Tel: 01509 556101 Mob: 07971 192787
Complementary Therapy (ASCT)
The Active School of
17 Frederick Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3BH
Tel 1: 01509 551513 Tel 2: 07971 192787
Message for Prospective Massage Students
ARE YOU CUT OUT FOR MASSAGE?
Over the past few years a definite trend has emerged regarding complementary, holistic, and alternative medicines and therapies. People are becoming less eager to rely on prescribed medication, and are looking for ways to maintain health and well being in alternative ways. For that reason, massage schools are becoming more common and there are many more prospective students. If you are considering attending a massage school for yourself it is worth reading the following information to help you make the right decision for your future.
Firstly, massage therapy is a form of holistic therapy and therefore a large element of science is involved. An example of this is the requirement regarding anatomical knowledge. Whilst you do not need to have studied this prior to your course, it is important to remember that there is a high degree of scientific learning to be accomplished. However, this must be balanced by some artistic flair, as this type of therapy is an art form in itself. Some people book on expensive courses only to find they are not cut out for being a massage practitioner. There are often many deep-
However, just remember that a two-
Individual massage schools require different qualifications and experience from their students before allowing them to enrol. However, generally you will require a basic education and sound knowledge of spoken and written English. Any further studies undertaken after secondary school can only be beneficial. Equally important though are the personal attributes of candidates. You will need to be calm, patient, and personable, in order to put your future clients at ease, so these traits are very important to massage schools.
What Should You Look For In A Massage Therapy School?
If you are considering engaging in a career in massage therapy *, let us compliment you on your selection. Massage is one of the few vocational careers that aids individuals regarding fulfilment and job satisfaction, while allowing flexible hours and that, for those who ambitiously pursue it, opens up the door to a moderate income. Once you have decided on your career, your next big decision should be which school to attend. We have furnished a list of 5 valuable questions to ask yourself when analysing which of the wide range of therapeutic massage schools you could choose from.
Question 1: What is the time-
Question 2: Will it be expensive? Education tuition might vary anywhere from £20 to £50 per hour of education! The average usually falls around £25 to £30 per credit hour (generally the more experienced and qualified your tutor, the more you have to pay for a credible education). If you want to join a short course, you may actually be able to get 50 hours of training for under £500. Most validated courses though, require in the region of 150 hours tuition and 200 hours home study. Course fees usually range from around £1,500 to £2,500. Some schools include the cost of supplies, occasionally even a massage table. Be sure to factor in what is included versus what you are called upon to acquire before you commit. For example, if one school costs £2,400 and includes your massage table, it will end up being cheaper than the school that costs £2,200, but requires you to purchase a table. Tables run an average of around £300-
Question 3: Will therapeutic massage school hours fit in with the rest of my commitments? Virtually all schools are aware that the individuals who are attending their curriculum have other things to do as well. Most students have to hold down jobs while attending massage school, while others have children at home. Many schools offer programmes designed to cater to the working adult. Check to make sure that the school you like offers the type of schedule that meets your needs.
Question 4: How do I pay for it? When you compare the cost of becoming a massage practitioner versus the cost of completing a University degree, you would save anything from £10K to £30K. Even so, most of us do not have £2,000 lying available to invest in a vocational training course. Hence, financial payment options are important to consider. Keep the following in mind: if you can find a source of educational loans and grants they are often only paid to students attending properly accredited schools. Look for a reputable accreditation, such as BTEC, ITEC, VTCT, or City & Guilds, or membership of reputable bodies such as FHT, ISRM, SMA, etc.If you feel that attending our massage school is not yet quite right for you, or that we do not yet have the right course in our portfolio, you can find information about other schools elsewhere on the Internet. Massage can provide you with a great new career and a new challenge, so we would like to wish you the best of luck for your future career as a massage practitioner.
* See also ‘Message From Mel Cash’