Starting Massage School: Get Your Educational Support System in Place

Congratulations on taking the first step toward becoming a massage therapist. In your anatomy class, you will learn the body is made up of systems, such as the lymphatic, circulatory and endocrine systems. Just like your massage school, each of these systems is self-contained but works together to create homeostasis, or stability, within the body. […]

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About the Authors

Scot Maitland, L.M.T., M.T.I., has a bachelor's degree in business and has been practicing massage therapy since 2003, when he completed his massage training from the Soma Institute, The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, Illinois. He joined the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School team as the business instructor in late 2008. Kourtnee Kovacs has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chapman University and is currently student administrator at the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. She also intends to pursue a master’s degree in counseling in the fall.

Am I Too Old for a Career in Massage?

  Today, I heard a woman who recently turned 50 years old say, “I could never do massage.” When I asked her why, she moved her hands as if to massage and said, “Oh, it would hurt too much at my age.” I immediately responded that I have been doing massage for 22 years and […]

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Gloria Coppola-GaberAbout the Author

Gloria Coppola, L.M.B.T., has been in the healing arts for more than 20 years. She is the former owner of a massage school and currently teaches NCBTMB-approved continuing education workshops nationally. She will begin instruction at Privai Academy on a massage curriculum she wrote based in the essence of healing, knowledge for confidence and professionalism for success. Visit her website at massageproce.com for more information and details. If you have a question about entering massage school, you can contact Coppola-Gaber at massageproce@gmail.com.

Benefits of Going Back to School Later in Life

There are many benefits of going back to school. Perhaps you chose a career after high school or college that paid the bills, but didn’t fulfill your dreams and aspirations or correspond with your interests. You yearn to go to massage school and begin a new path, but have reservations about going back to school […]

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Rebecca Little is a certified massage therapist in Boulder, Colorado. She went back to school at age 45 and attended Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT). She worked as an admissions coordinator at BCMT and has a private massage practice. She is an advocate in educating clients and students about the importance of honoring and respecting the human body, mind and spirit through proper self-care and healthy living, including positive body awareness, good nutrition, staying active, deep relaxation and enjoying the numerous health benefits of massage therapy and touch. A former restaurant owner and mother of two adult children, Little said choosing a career in massage therapy was a perfect fit for her nurturing soul.

Find a Massage School That is Right for You

Congratulations on your decision to become a massage therapist. I also made that decision, and I would recommend this profession to many people. Your first step to getting on this career path is to choose a massage school that is right for you. I can’t overstate the importance of this decision: Where you go to […]

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LaToya Banks is a graduate of the Arizona School of Massage Therapy. She serves as national director of education for the Steiner Education Group, which operates massage therapy and skin-care schools at 31 campuses in 14 states (steinered.com).

How to Choose a Massage School

You’ve decided to go to massage-therapy school, and in your research you find there are more than 300 accredited massage schools and programs in the U.S., and almost 2,000 total massage schools. With so many options, you need a game plan for choosing the right massage school for you.   Get Some Background Begin by […]

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Carol Brunelli is the former director of enrollment and services and Massage for Peace coordinator at Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Brunelli earned her master's degree in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver and is fluent in Spanish and English. She has more than 20 years of experience in the adult education field. She is also an accomplished dancer and writer. Her latest book, Climbing Mountains in Stilettos: Not Your Average Trail Guide to Life, is a sassy, self-help guide for women.

Some Points to Consider Before Applying to a Massage School

1.Tuition: How much will it cost me? The national average tuition is about $15,000 but with individual schools ranging from $6,000 to $7,000 on the low end, to more than $25,000 dollars on the high end, it may prove to be financially prudent to do a little shopping around. There are other costs to consider […]

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Damian O. Matthews, L.M.T., is a massage therapist, admissions coach and massage instructor working out of the Sedona School of Massage, located in Sedona, Arizona. The school offers a 700-hour, five-month, full-time program with classes beginning in February and September. At $6,450, the school is one of the most affordable in the country. It also provides a wide range of continuing-education workshops for professional development. For more information, visit sedonaschool.com or call (928) 284-3693.

Two of the Most Important Questions to Ask When Looking At Massage Schools

There are many important questions to ask any massage school you may be considering attending. Some of the more common questions are ones that include costs, calendars, length of program, age requirement and educational prerequisites. But there are questions that most potential students do not think or know to ask. One such example is, “How […]

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Peggy M. Huff is the executive director of the Center for Massage & Natural Health(r) in Asheville, North Carolina. She began the development of her massage school in 1998 and now in its 10th year, it successfully graduates approximately 100 students annually. Her six-month, 600-hour Massage Therapy Certification Program, Equine Massage Therapy Program and Continuing Education Workshops attract students from all around the world. Her institution is COMTA Accredited (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation), NC State Board Approved, VA Approved (for qualifying students), members of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals), the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. For more information, or a free full-color catalog, call the Center for Massage & Natural Health(r) at (828) 658-0814 or visit centerformassage.com.

How to Choose a Massage Therapy School

Each massage school program has its own orientation and unique offerings, both in the massage styles covered and in preparing students for future employment. Some are science-based, ideal for preparing to work in a medical setting. Some require more clinical practice. Some offer spa courses, whereas others may emphasize energetic healing aspects of massage therapy. […]

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Bernadette Della Bitta Nicholson is the massage therapy program coordinator at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, Massachusetts.  

The First Step to Success in Massage School: Choosing the Best

Your decision to pursue an education in massage therapy may be inspired by a variety of factors. You may be looking to change careers or to learn a skill for part time income. Whatever your reasons, the school you select should measure up to your inspiration. Selecting a school that is in harmony with your […]

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Lisa Clonan is an instructor at the Gentle Healing School of Massage in Cranbury, New Jersey, and the owner of A Return to Wellness LLC, a massage therapy and holistic health practice located in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to her private practice, she is on staff at the massage department of Princeton University. Lisa is nationally certified in massage and bodywork and is certified as a Qi Therapist by the Chinese Healing Arts Center. She holds a B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.