How to Obtain a Massage Therapy License

In most states, you must have a massage therapy license before you can practice your profession as a massage therapist.  The exact requirements needed to obtain a license varies from state to state, but they all require a formal education program before you can take a state examination or the national certification examination for massage therapists.  Check with the state where you plan to practice and find out what the requirements are.

You will have to attend a massage therapy school to get the education you need to become a massage therapy professional or masseuse.  Your education will consist of courses in body mechanics and motion, anatomy and physiology, ethics, massage techniques, and the study of organs and tissues.  You must attend a massage therapy school that is accredited for you to be able to take the national or state license exam.  The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) can provide you with a list of accredited schools in your state or locality.

The massage therapist school will provide you with a course program that will lead to a career as a massage therapy professional.  Once you have completed the course from an accredited school, you can now take an exam given by the state or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Once you obtain your massage therapy license, you can begin practicing your profession.  Therapists can help their clients in different areas including relaxation, chronic pain management, injury recovery, stress reduction and general health promotion.  Your clients can include office workers, athletes, elderly people and performers.  The demand for massage therapists is very high and you will find yourself working in different settings such as health clubs, fitness centers, spas, massage therapy clinics, doctors’ clinics, nursing homes, sports team facilities, hotels, cruise ships, private offices and many more.

Don’t think that your education stops once you have your massage therapy license.  You will need to take additional courses.  Your license must be renewed every four years and you may be required to take up continuing education units from an accredited school before your national certification or license can be renewed.

Some states do not require massage therapy continuing education but it is advisable for you to learn new techniques and keep abreast of new developments in the field.  There are numerous massage techniques available today and gaining new skills will only help to make you become more successful and better at your profession.

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