We get this question a lot through our email, Facebook and Twitter inboxes. It seems like there is a large population out there that is interested in learning how to give a good massage but not necessarily interested in pursuing massage therapy as a career path.
First of all, why not? It’s an excellent career path that is also very lucrative and offers a lot of flexibility to work around your personal schedule. But that’s not the point. The point is to guide you in the best direction given what you are asking here.
The answer is No. You do not have to go to massage school if you simply want to learn how to give a good massage for recreational purposes. For example, if you want to occasionally give your spouse a good massage, you don’t need hundreds of hours of education and practice for that.
Moreover, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to go to school and spend another several months of your life perfecting the art of massage. Even experienced massage therapists take years to develop as “good and well-rounded practitioners.
Many massage schools will occasionally offer recreational type courses to raise some cash. Often times these classes may be taught by experienced massage students or real instructors who teach massage students. Sometimes these courses are also taught by existing massage therapists who are volunteers or are transitioning into an instructorship type career.
That said, the first avenue to look for such courses is massage therapy schools that are located close to you. Use this map to locate them.
While massage schools offer these courses from time to time, don’t limit your search to just massage schools. These courses can be offered by anyone in any setting. Run a search in your locality and see if there are recreational massage classes being offered.
Some other common places you will find these at are massage establishments, country clubs, community colleges, universities, libraries, public facilities within your locality. Discount sites like Groupon and Living Social are also good resources to keep an eye out for.
We have seen many recreational type massage courses offered for individuals and couples through all the resources mentioned above. These courses are usually listed anywhere from $60 to $150 and the courses last from 1 to 2 hours.
While this is significantly more economical on both your time and resources compared to going to massage school, don’t expect to become an expert by attending one (or even three) of these sessions.
Massage school is for aspiring professional therapists. For all others, keep your eyes and ears peeled for short and sweet massage courses. They are offered everywhere.