Accelerated Massage Therapy Program: Right For You?

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Depending upon where you are in life, the decision to become a massage therapist may be met with a sense of urgency.  You might be looking to change careers fairly quickly, maybe because you are having a hard time finding the motivation to stay in your current career.  Or, maybe you have responsibilities and you can’t afford to spend a lot of time out of work taking classes.  You might just want to get the educational portion of your training over with as soon as possible.  Regardless of the reason, you might decide that it’s worth looking into an accelerated massage training program.  Before you sign up for one of these programs, you need to make sure you’re a good candidate.

Programs can be offered for a duration of 48, 24, or 12 weeks.  The shorter the course, the more intensive you can expect the program to be.  The accelerated program is going to feel like a full-time job, albeit one that you are actually paying to go to.  You can expect to have to put in time outside of classroom hours too, studying and going over material.  In addition to studying you will also need to make time to practice on people, maybe family or friends.  With so much being expected of you, it’s not uncommon to feel extremely exhausted at the end of it all.  You will probably need to take some time off to settle back into normal life after going through an accelerated massage training program.

One thing you will need to keep in mind is that even though the program is considered accelerated, you will still need to complete hands-on training.  This portion of the training is usually not accounted for in the hours advertised in the accelerated program.  Something else to keep in mind is where you will have to go to complete the practical part of your training.  What started off as an accelerated program might turn into a regular massage therapy training course.  Now, this might seem extreme and is probably going to be specific to the actual school.  However, anything can happen and you need to keep this in mind when deciding on an accelerated program.  You will want to ask the prospective school if outside time is required in order to get your diploma.

At the end of the day, while you may be able to complete the necessary requirements for licensure, it will take some time for you to develop your touch.  This is not something you should rush through.

There’s so much more to learn about in the bodywork and massage therapy industries.  You should keyword to read this article on massage therapist certification.

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