Massage therapy has now been a treatment for various health conditions over many centuries. One of the main sources of modern massage techniques has been China. In the United States the organization that oversees and sets standards for the massage therapy industry is the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Licensing is regulated by individual states, as a dozen states do not require licensing. Most of the states that require licensing base it on the certification program adopted by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Here are more interesting facts about massage therapy school.
1. While a majority of states require massage therapy licensing, the ones that do not include Vermont, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Wyoming. California, Indiana and Virginia only require state certification. It’s a good idea for massage therapy students to check state requirements before investing money in an education program. It’s important to note that just because a state may not have license or certification requirements, local jurisdictions may require licensing and certification anyway.
3. The National Certification Exam for Massage Therapy is the main test issued for certification by the NCBTMB in which massage therapy colleges prepare students. The test does not include a practical exam since students are already required to have work experience. Some states also require passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
5. Massage Therapy training programs are usually 500 to 1000 hours long. A 900 hour massage therapy school program represents 35.5 credit units. The requirement for NCBTMB certification is 750 hours of massage therapy training. A 2013 AMTA survey showed that most massage therapists averaged about 642 hours in initial training. Additional requirements besides passing the exam include 250 hours of hands-on work experience, a national background check and CPR certification.
6. Some of the coursework that is usually required for massage training includes anatomy, physiology and business management. Deeper coursework includes pathology, hydrotherapy and clinic experience. The AMTA offers online classes that divide the field into business, ethics, general massage, classroom mastering and self-care.
8. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for massage therapists as of May 2012 was $35,970, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The education level was listed as “postsecondary non-degree award.” The BLS says that the industry uses over 80 different types of massages. Training usually covers a broad mix of these different styles. Some of the popular different styles include Swedish massage, sports massage and deep-tissue massage.
9. Careers that can be pursued by massage therapy school graduates include massage therapist, physical therapist assistant (PTA) and acupuncturist. Massage therapists use a variety of styles to relieve pain and stress and represent an occupation with growing demand. Many colleges that specialize in this field offer both professional certificates and associate-level massage therapy programs. PTAs work for licensed physical therapists. Most states require at least an associate degree to work as a PTA. Acupuncturists, who usually need a master’s degree to operate in the United States, provide an ancient Chinese system using needles to treat a variety of medical conditions.
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