Designing a Massage School Curriculum to Fit Your Goals and Objectives

A common mistake we see many massage students make repeatedly is the lack of planning they put into designing their school curriculum.

While there are certain classes that you have to take (referred to as the mandatory courses), there are others that leave room for flexibility so that you can pursue courses that fit your overall goals and career objectives.

For example, you may be required to take the basic principles of massage therapy as per your state board’s requirements to obtain a massage license, but it is silly to concentrate heavily on reflexology and relaxation type courses if your goal is to get into medical massage and become a deep tissue specialist.

Similarly, you don’t want to heavily load up on medical massage courses if your goal is to work in a premiere spa offering hot stone and aroma therapy massages.

This is why it is important to read class curricula and syllabus prior to committing to a massage school. You want to ensure that the school you select offers the education and training you need to succeed in your career down the road.

Providing that you have found the school that has the training you need, you should be proactive in designing your own curriculum based on the specialty of massage you have chosen to get into rather than follow a “cookie cutter” class curriculum that has been designed by the school for you.

The sooner you know what you want to do in your career, the sooner you will be able to locate the right massage school for you. The sooner you locate the right school, the sooner you will be able to design a meaningful and relevant class schedule that ensures you receive the appropriate level of education and training to succeed in your career down the road.

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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