Becoming a Massage Therapist Isn't Easy, Here's a Few Tips To Help
There are a lot of people out of work across the U.S. and Canada. Many of these people are looking for new careers. Many are finding out that a career in Massage Therapy may be what they're looking for. But reaching your goal of becoming a therapist may be a little more difficult than a lot of people bargain for. It's a wise person who does their research before jumping into the education and training that is required.
If this sounds like a career you'd like, then one of the first things you need to do is contact your State or Province and find out what requirements there are for becoming a massage therapist in your location. All of the States and Provinces I've read about require some kind of certification and/or licensing. Some are very simple while others are very difficult and time consuming, not to mention rather expensive. It pays to know what you'll be up against before starting out.
Ignore what most schools are going to tell you about becoming a Massage Therapist. They're just trying to sell you a course or classroom time. Your best bet is to contact people who are actually in the business and ask them which schools they recommend. You can do this by first asking massage therapist in your area and then outside of your immediate area. I say ask those outside of your immediate area because the ones in your local community may see you as a potential competitor down the road and try to steer you wrong.
You should also visit the State or Provincial massage therapist association. Most times they will have excellent resources for people looking to get into this field.
Another excellent source is Internet forums specifically dealing with Alternative medicine and massage therapy. You may even run across several people from your area who are willing to help you out.
One of the best things I can recommend is to see if you can find a therapist who goes to visit their clients. You can then ask them to tag along. You might want to offer to help them set up or pay for some gas or a meal. Don't be a free loader as these little tag a long sessions may be some of the best information gathering you'll ever do. It will also give you an excellent insight on the business.