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How to Become a Massage Therapist

Category(ies): Massage Therapy

how to become a massage therapist, massage therapist schoolsTraining for this job takes less than one year

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a massage, you probably know why massage therapy is becoming more and more popular. Many people find that massages are great for stress relief, pain relief, and easing sore, tense, and tired muscles. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a massage therapist? If you are interested in this career field, keep reading. By following this simple advice, you could be enrolled in a massage therapy training program in just a few weeks’ time.

Step 1. Learn more about a massage therapy career
Before choosing any career path, you should learn more about the career. You’ll want to learn what a massage therapist does on the job, as well as the job outlook for the future, and how much you can expect to make in this career field. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is available for free online from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides descriptions of hundreds of career options. Read the Massage Therapy entry carefully, and decide if this career is right for you.

Step 2. Take tours of massage therapy schools near you
The next step is to find a training program. Do a Google search for “Massage Therapy training programs” in your zip code, or use the College Navigator to find a nearby school. There are many community colleges and private career schools that offer training in this field. Most programs take about one year to complete. Make sure the school has a good reputation in your community. It should be accredited and have a well-established history in your area. Ask about its job placement rate for its graduates. Be sure to take a tour of the schools you are considering, and feel free to ask questions to help you make the right decision.

For Massachusetts residents, you can consider the Salter School’s massage therapy program. We are an accredited school with two campuses in the Greater Lowell area, in Tewksbury and Malden. Additional campuses are located in New Bedford and Fall River.

Step 3. Complete the FAFSA application
After choosing one or more schools that interest you, you will need to think about financial aid options. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application helps to determine the financial aid package that the school may be able to offer you. Filling Out the FAFSA is not difficult, but it requires that you gather your financial information, including tax forms, bank statements, and other documentation. See 5 Tips on Filling Out the FAFSA for extra help.

Step 4: Choose your school
After filing your FAFSA, it will take a few weeks to hear back from the Federal Student Aid program. Within a few weeks, the schools should contact you to tell you if they can offer you financial aid. Once you have this information, you should be ready to make your decision. When you decide on your school, you will need to complete more enrollment materials and sign up for classes. And once that is complete, it’s time to begin!

Step 5: Stick with it!
While many classes in your massage therapy program will be hands-on and fun to attend, there will also be some classroom learning that may be challenging for you. Do not give up! If you are having difficulties, talk to your instructor. Your instructor wants you to succeed and wants to be sure you understand the information. If you are disciplined about attending classes, doing your homework, and studying for your exams, you will be surprised at how well you do. The more you put into your education, the more it will give you in return!

Step 6: Visit Career Services
Most massage therapy programs are completed in one quick year. This means that you should start thinking about your first job in your new field. The best place to start is to visit your Career Services advisors. They are trained professionals who can help you with your job search. You can learn resume tips, how to prepare for a job interview, how to network, and how to improve your professionalism on the job. Take advantage of the Career Services at your school, and you will start out ahead of the game!

If this sounds like a good plan to you, it’s never too early or too late to start looking into a training program near you. Best of luck in your new career!


For more information about the massage therapy program at the Salter School, contact us online. We hope your new career path begins with us!

The Salter School Malden campus is no longer accepting new enrollments.