Find out if massage therapy school is a good choice for you
Massage is not just about relaxation. This career field provides lots of options, because so many skills are considered part of massage therapy. If you have been curious about what work as a massage therapist might be like, look into a training program like the one at the Salter School.
Practice a range of techniques
In massage therapy school, you learn a range of ways to introduce therapy and relaxation to the body, from classical techniques to advanced procedures. Beyond anatomy and physiology, you’ll gain a detailed understanding of how humans move, so that you can apply that knowledge to your treatment. Some of the techniques include:
- Aromatherapy: the use of essential oils to aid in the body’s response to healing, balance, and wellness
- Chair massage: working with a client who is in a seated position, focusing on the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands
- Deep tissue: using the map of the body’s powerful muscles as your guide to help release tension, especially for clients who do intense workouts or prefer a firm, intense massage experience
- Geriatric: responding to the sensitivities and physical concerns of older adults
- Hot stone: using stones that have been warmed to apply directly to the skin, to help release tension within muscles
- Infant and child massage: building on an understanding of a young body and helping with common ailments in a gentle but effective way
- Medical massage: the treatment of specific medical conditions through massage, in hopes of a particular outcome
- Prenatal: supporting pregnant women in relaxing and feeling their best given the strains on their body due to changing hormones and the physical demands of carrying a child
- Reflexology: an alternative approach by which the therapist uses the thumb and fingers to apply pressure to the client’s feet and hands
- Shiatsu: a Japanese form of massage, based on the same principles as acupuncture, where the therapist uses his or her hands to apply pressure to certain points on the body
- Sports massage: treating athletes and helping them to prevent (as well as recover from) sports-related injuries and muscle tightness
- Swedish massage: a relaxation-focused technique that relies on long strokes down the body, to support blood flow towards the heart
- Thai massage: an ancient system of healing that combines acupressure with gestures that move the client’s body into certain yoga postures
- Trigger point therapy: a technique that uses a pattern of pressure and release to relieve muscles that are the source of pain.
Massage therapy is a physically active career
Undergoing massage therapist training requires being physically active in an ongoing way. You’ll learn from instructors how to practice your techniques on others and respond to their various physical needs. It takes concentration and observation to assess your clients’ needs as well as determine which of the techniques you have learned would be most likely to help them. If you’re a physical person, the constant movement and variety over the course of the work day means it’s unlikely you will get bored with your work.
If these descriptions appeal to you, please reach out to us at the Salter School for more information. We’d love to tell you more about our training programs in Fall River and Malden, MA.