What Are the Lectures Like In Massage Therapy School?

As you may already know, massage therapy schools provide vocational education. You main purpose of enrolling in a massage school would be to learn how to provide massage therapy and work as a professional in the industry after your graduate.

Therefore, most of the course-work is based around hands-on training. The instructors and teachers at massage therapy schools are qualified professionals who have considerable experience in massage therapy. Hence, they are able to provide valuable insight to the students about massage therapy and how to excel at it.

It is natural for you to assume that you will only be taught how to give massages at a massage therapy school. Therefore, it may come as a surprise when you see that lecture-based learning is also an integral part of your course.

This is something you will see when you go through the websites of leading massage schools in the country. Under their curriculum, they may mention you what exactly you can expect to learn by attending their school.

The education for a massage therapist is divided into practical training and lecture-based learning. Yes, this means that you will have to attend lectures while you are in massage therapy school. There is no way of getting around this.

In fact, the curriculum for most massage therapy schools is divided almost equally between delivering lectures to the students, to provide theory-based learning, and providing them the practical training you need to become successful massage therapists.

Without the lectures, you cannot get a basic idea of what massage therapy entails. You don’t want to be unprepared when you start studying for your degree, do you? There are many misconceptions people have about massage therapy as a job.

Therefore, it is imperative that the basic foundation be laid from the early stages so that the confusion can be cleared. You have to attend lectures so that you can enhance your knowledge of the industry.

There are several courses for which the massage therapy school might require you to attend lectures. These could include business, anatomy, ethics, physiology, client communication and medical & muscle terminology.

As you can see, all of these courses are fundamentals as far as massage therapy is concerned and this is why they cannot be avoided. Once you realize the importance of completing these courses, attending the lectures may become easier.

The scope of the courses for which lectures are a must expands when you enroll for an Associate degree in massage therapy. In this case, the curriculum is similar to that of any other four-year university program. You are granted credits for the number of courses you take, provided you clear them.

The courses here may also include general subjects that are unrelated to massage therapy such as math, social studies, English and biology. You would have studied most, if not all, of these subjects in high school or college and thus passing these courses shouldn’t be too much of a hassle for you.

The common aspect of all these courses is that you have to attend lectures. All the information and knowledge you need to pass the examinations would be delivered in the form of lectures. This is why it is important that you attend every lecture for each course you have opted for.

Obviously, you will have to complete these courses in addition to the training you will receive. It can be quite a workload to manage both training and lectures side by side but it is something you would have to get used to.

When it comes to lectures, the setting for the lectures can be one of two ways. Some massage therapy schools have large rooms similar to that of any university or college. You will be seated in a large hall-like room.

The seating may be arranged like a stadium and the teacher would come in and use the black/whiteboard to explain what he/she is teaching. In massage therapy schools, the ratio of teacher to student for general courses is around 1:100. The teacher will deliver the lecture after which you will be expected to read up on what has been taught at home.

Your performance in a particular course or subject will be measured through examinations and tests. You may also be required to submit term papers. As mentioned above, it is exactly the way students are taught at most universities in the United States. So, you can assume that you have signed up for a standard four-year degree program.

However, certain massage schools don’t have ample space to seat 100 students in a single room. A majority of massage schools have small rooms and therefore, the class size is also small. In fact, it is probable that there wouldn’t be any more than 10 students in the room besides you.

This may allow you to interact with your instructors on a personal basis. In this case, most of the learning might be done through the. You may refer to books on the subjects you are studying but, you may not learn much more than what the instructor has already taught you.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both these lecture settings. It is also possible that certain students might not be able to cope with a certain setting. For students who aren’t as involved in the classroom, online self-learning could be a great option.

If you are of a similar sort, you can study at home and only contact the instructor should you need any help. You can also use online forums to ask questions, and your peers could help you out.

The ideal option is to inquire about the type of lecture setting a massage therapy school has before you enroll. You can choose the option that you are more comfortable with, rather than realizing later on that you aren’t learning properly. Everyone’s learning style is different.

Now that you know what lectures are like in massage therapy schools, you can make an informed decision about the type of setting you feel you would perform better in. Go through the curriculum of different massage therapy schools before making your final decision.

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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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