How Do You Become a Massage Therapist?

Most states require that massage therapists complete formal training and receive certification in order to begin practicing professionally. If your state regulates the practice of massage therapy, you may need to ensure that the school you choose is approved by the state and properly accredited by an appropriate agency. Check your state’s requirements before you select a massage training school to attend.

Massage therapy programs typically range from six to 18 months, during which time students can expect to take science and health classes such as:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Nutrition
  • CPR
  • Natural remedies

As well as learning massage techniques like:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Medical massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sports massage
  • Infant massage
  • Rolfing
  • Reflexology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Stretching techniques
  • Ergonomics

Additionally, massage therapy students may be schooled in professional skills that will help them maintain a base of clients, including communication skills, marketing skills and ethics. Students may also be able to get hands-on experience in supervised clinics available to the general public.

A lot of massage therapy program graduates go on to become nationally certified.