How to Research Good Massage Therapy Instructors

There are several factors to consider when selecting a massage school to attend. From the fee you have to pay to the location and the duration of the program, various things play an important role in determining whether or not a massage school is the best one for you.

Yet, there is one crucial point most students overlook when researching the right massage school for them: the instructors. Massage education is based more on practical knowledge than theory. Hence, it is crucial that the instructors you learn from are truly credible experts in the field and have considerable experience. This is why it is important that you research into the instructors at a massage school.

However, if the instructors are not good, it won’t the best choice for you and you may be better off waiting and exploring other options. Therefore, unless you are absolutely certain about the massage therapy instructors at a school, don’t sign up for the course.

This applies to not only massage therapy, but also any field of study you want to take up. If you don’t have the right teachers, you simply cannot learn properly.

There is no point in spending your time and money learning about massage therapy from instructors who aren’t good at what they do. You can only become a good therapist when you have received considerable insight into how the trade and the industry works, and for that, it is important that you choose your instructors wisely.

It is just one of the reasons why the quality of the massage therapy instructors is of paramount importance. Good teachers also make learning easier. Furthermore, you have more fun in the classes, which gives you the motivation you need to continue attending regularly.

Most importantly, the leading massage instructors know the top people in the industry. You can create a network of contacts before you graduate from massage school. This will give you plenty of leverage once you start looking for work.

All in all, these are important factors when you are taking your first steps in the world of massage therapy. If you don’t like your instructors from the first lesson, you would be less inclined to continue with the course. Your involvement would be affected and so would your performance. Hence, it is a given that you have to research good massage therapy instructors so you can choose the right massage school to attend. Let’s look at how you can do that.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that there are certain boundaries that you cannot cross. Researching instructors might mean finding out some information about their personal lives and professional experience. So, you have to ensure that your approach doesn’t appear awkward.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to get the information you need. The great thing is that the leading massage schools are open about sharing relevant information about their faculty. In fact, they take great pride in their instructors and introduce them willingly.

If the massage school you approach refuses to divulge any information about their instructors, take it as a sign that the school is not good enough for you. The best option is to walk away there and then. Of course, this may not always be the case. But you shouldn’t learn it the hard way.

Ask to-the-point questions and you will be able to find all the information you need about the instructors from the school officials. Alternatively, you can also ask students who have recently graduated from the massage school.

Since they have interacted with the instructors in the recent past, they will provide accurate and relevant advice. These days a lot of information is available on the internet as well. You can go and read reviews and student feedback to know how the instructors at a certain school are.

These are some general questions you should seek the answers to.

  • First off, ask about the number of students each instructor is assigned to. It goes without saying that fewer the number of students there are, better the attention the instructor will be able to pay to each student. The ideal ratio is 20 to 1, and a lower ratio is definitely better. For lectures, more than 20 students are all right; but not when it comes to training.
  • Also ask about the credentials and qualifications of the instructors. You need to know whether or not the people teaching you actually have gone through the academic process themselves. A potential red flag is an instructor who has graduated from the same institute. However, it need not be a major problem. Any instructor who actively contributes to journals or attends conferences may be reputable and reliable.
  • The number of years the instructors spent working as massage therapists is also an important question. This may be the only industry where practical experience holds more importance than academic aptitude. An instructor with considerable practical experience should be able to teach and train better.
  • The level of support offered by the massage school is another important factor you have to ask about. You should know whether or not you are allowed to approach the instructors after class and if there are any time limits as to when you can call the school with any questions or queries you may have.
  • Does the massage school allow potential students to attend demonstration classes? Many leading schools allow candidates to be present at a class to observe the instructor. This way you get a firsthand experience of how good the instructor is. This allows you to make an informed decision.

These are some of the most important questions you should ask about the instructors at a massage school. Any school where the instructors meet most of these requirements may be a good choice.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how good the teachers are. You can learn well only if they can teach you well.

Otherwise, regardless of the effort you put in, you may not be able to become a topnotch massage therapist. Research properly and carefully because your career depends on it. All the best to you.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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