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Poll Results for the following Question:

How many educational hours should be required to become a massage therapist?

Results:

0-250 hours
14.5%
251-499 hours
4.7%
500-749 hours
26.8%
750-999 hours
9.0%
1,000 hours or more
20.4%
I don't believe in standardized educational requirements
24.6%

Total Respondents: 1493

Comments:

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Anonymous
I don't believe in standardized educational requirements 

Anonymous
500-749 hours JUST hours is never enough; however, a good grounding in anatomy is essential. the rest should be a "smorgasbord" of classes, an INTRODUCTION to all that is available out there. After the basics, THEN one can choose where to put one's efforts.


500-749 hours considering our scope of practice for massage therapists where we are not diagnosing or prescribing...i know that 500 hours for a basic certification is more than plenty to master and implement the basics in order to provide safe and effective massage therapy....curriculums with more than 500 hours are sometimes bogged down with many unecessary hours allocated to many alternative therapies that are completely adjunct to real massage therapy...and i think they need to be studied as continueing education....on one more note we already have health care professionals with scopes of practice that allow diagnosing and prescribing...their educational requirements match what is called for in those disciplines....we need to educate massage therepists to match their scope of practice and stretching out basic massage therapy certification at this point might give us an expensive and lengthy educational commitment that will not pay off with the same proceeds as the degreed health professions...thank you....david esteppe cmt


1,000 hours or more i am a licensed massage therapist with 1000 hours, working in the medical field .i think it depends on what directions you want to go with massage , 1000 hours is the best way to go. Better to be more educated about the body and muscles.


1,000 hours or more i think , to have 1000 hours is the best way to go. Better to be more educated about the body and muscles.


 I am a licensed massage therapist with only a 200 hr certificate. I have over 250 hrs of continuing education classes and have been practicing for 9 years. I feel years being in practice for existing therapists is critical. There needs to be a grandfather clause. I am a good therapist and work full time, I can't afford to go back to school to get more schooling and not be working. ..

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more Wow! I am surpised to see how many people actually think that 0-250 hours of massage training is enough..granted everything in our world today does seem to be about money, however when you educate yourself about the program you might be entering then you can make a good decision about which one may provide you with more relevant info. Most of my classmates I was with had no previous anatomy/physiology training and continuous hands on training throughout our 612 hour program helped all of us become the therapists we are today..which are darn good ones that are like sponges for more education. I personally have had many people say that they can tell the work of someone with less experience in a heartbeat. We are touching people in many ways and the more education we have the better we can serve them. Isn't that why we got into this profession? Or did some of us not think it should be so difficult "just to rub someone down?" I also did not have money to go to school and that is what financial aide is for as well as some sacrifices if this is what you want to do. I do agree that some individuals have a natural talent, however the truest healer also requires education to truly benefit their clients. How can you educate your clients if you yourself are not educated enough?


750-999 hours I am a student attending collage in Az.,and I have two massages by unprofessional therapists who were uneducated and untrained.That is unfair to therapists like me who work hard to become educated.


500-749 hours 500 hours to become a massage therapist. National Certification requires 500 hours with a specific amount of education in appropriate categories.
National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is a well established credentialing board. Why is this not being addressed? Why does AZ want to restart the wheel when the best credentially is National Certification. Then and only then will AZ schooling become up to the standards around the US. Core instruction is the key not accumalation of hours from any subject but that of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, contraindication, theory, supervised hands on training, CPR, Ethics and Universal Precautions. Lets have AZ join hands with the numberous states recognizing National Certification once and for all. We gain nothing by being a separate entity. 21 states joined together for National Certification can't be wrong.


 I feel that there could be more study in how to develope the intuitive side of the brain and make a therapist more receptive to the clients needs.


 I love massage and I think there is an advantage to training in a school setting. I took a 1000hr course. By the end of it I was pretty warn out and over full of info, so I felt 750-999 would have been as useful to me. And less of a stress on myself, my job and my family.


500-749 hours I would have to say, as an educator for a massage therapy school, that I personally feel a need for distinct levels of training for massage therapists. It seems That people who want to work in a basic care setting should be allowed to get training for that level without excessive requirements. Human touch should not be denied on technicalities. However, for those wishing to work in medical settings or in specialized needs then they should have additional training and more stringent competencies. I see no conflict with allowing 250 hours for supervised positions, 500 hours for basic care settings and 1000 or more for various levels of specialty and medical massage settings.


500-749 hours I just completed a 532 hour program. I feel that enough material had been presented and that enough clinical experience was included. After 500 hours the student is ready to move on into the professional setting. Continuing education is an important component of our profession!


1,000 hours or more A standardised educational system with
challenging reqiurement for education and
registration could have a positive ifluence on
Massage Therapy. Education does not equal
good hands or even a good therapist but it does
raise the bar for a base level of knowlede and
perhaps to sheds light on the fact that massage
and prostitution are NOT one in the same. Check
out the requirements in Ontario and British
Columbia 2200 hrs eduction minimum....and then
you challange the registration exams


750-999 hours I don't think that hours or educational grades alone should be the qualifying factors to become a licensed therapist. It is my feeling that a person should have to demonstrate an ability to give the client what he or she requests and needs. The client team (at least 5 members) in this case should be people who are capable of making an educated decision. I have seen, in the same classroom, various levels of expertise by both the instructor(s) and students with the net result being the same grade given to both poor students and good students. This includes the hands-on testing.

The industry today is growing at such a phenomenal rate that the schools are turning out quantities of students but not quality students. If we as professionals are to continue to charge prices that the average American worker can just barely afford, then we need to turn out students that can give above average massages. If this level of competence doesn't get better than it seems to be evolving, there will be a drastic drop in value and income to therapist nationwide. You will then see price-cutting not just to remain in business, but those with deeper pockets will lower their rates to drive the competition out of business.

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more The more training and hours put into learning massage will greatly benefit client and better enhance the Massage Therapy Profession overall and become more reliable as an alternative and better accepted by the medical as well as the general population.


500-749 hours i mean- hey, come on! let's know a little something about the body when working on it!


500-749 hours I feel 500 hours is good for general massage

Up to 1000 hours for a medical program.

There should also be continuing ed classes that are based on what direction the therapists intention.


500-749 hours 500-700 hours provides an excellent curriculum for individuals who are educating themselves for these alternative therapies. In addition, the continuing education units required to remain a certified practitioner ensures up-to-date education and practice.

Anonymous
500-749 hours You want extensive training... Go to Ohio. Minimum of 650 hrs between massage and anatomy/physiology. Very tough course and your test is through the Ohio State Medical Board! We need to be recognized as health care providers and this is the type of training it is going to take nationwide to do so.


1,000 hours or more Therapists that wish to be able to bill insurance need to have more background preparation than what is currently the standard in Florida. More education is better, it validates our profession, allows students of massage more time to learn important concepts. Hairdressers have 1200 hours, we should have no less.


750-999 hours I believe that graduating Massage Therapist's should have more training in the medical field related modalities. Also, the increased hours may bring in the really serious minded students. Not just anyone who thinks they are going to make a living by MAKING
NICE to someone.

Anonymous
 How about some in-depth questions directly related to our practice that stimulate truly thoughtprovoking discussion? Questions of ethics might be one topic. Ralph Stevens' question in the March and April issues is an example of another type of stimulating question. His question regarded what 3 bones are the three most important to have properly horizontally aligned for posture.
I answered it with somewhat different responses than those sited in his article. I then posed the question to a number of my colleages; massage therapists, a dancer, a rolfer, a lay person.
We all had slightly different responses and were all correct. It opened some lively discussion of different ways to view and approach the body and I feel it enhanced all of our understandings of who we are and what we do.
This sort of question could still be reformated to fit into a check the box kind of answer. For example with an ethics question, pose a situation and give multiple choices for the best way to respond to the situation.

Thanks!


0-250 hours There are many aspects and levels to massage therapy, however, it isn't rocket science.

The proverbial light bulb has lit for some who have realized massage can be quite lucrative if only they change a few things. Requiring more hours of training isn't about protecting the public or helping prepare new massage therapists. It is about money and turf protection.

By pushing for more hours of training schools can exploit new students by charging more money.

The more initial training costs the fewer the people who are able to afford it -- thereby more hours of training reduces competition.

Some of those pushing for more training want a more sterilized approach hoping to make massage more palatable to the medical field and the insurance companies. They hope this will increase the likelihood massage will be recognized for its importance and be reimbursed by these entitities.

Why open this gate and get sucked down into the abyss? The current medical model in this country is corrupt and failing. Insurance and Medicare reimbursement increases the work but lowers the average income.

A basic program teaching the essentials: training in anatomy & physiology, Swedish, one additional modality, contraindications and business principles is all that is needed for entry level massage therapy. This can be done in as little as 200 hours.

After a few years of experience people wishing to specialize can choose to further their own education as they see fit. Additionally, keeping the entry-level costs down provides future tax breaks to massage therapists by deducting additional training and education from their taxes.


750-999 hours There is not enough emphasis on studying Traditional Chinese Medicine during school. I failed the first time I took my state board because I did not know how much I needed to know and understand TCM.

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more I live in Ontario, Canada where the registration requirements to be a Registered Massage Therapist is currently 2200 hours. (This is obtained in a 2 or 3 year course of study at private colleges or Community Colleges). RMT's are recognized under our extended medical plans and we are legistlated under the College of Massage Therapists, and under the Health Disciplines Act in Ontario. Our credibility and standards have been hard fought for, for decades. My patients are fully of partially covered under their individual health coverage making massage therapy more accessable to the public. We share referal recognition with other health care practitioners as well as with alternative practitioners. This can only be a benefit to our clients/patients. Without our provinces strigent requirements we, as a profession, would not be able to work effectively in our multi-disciplined field.

Anonymous
251-499 hours I feel 250-500 hours is PLENTY of training for ENTRY-LEVEL massage! The professional title should then be changed from massage therapist to massage practitioner...scope of practice must be emphasized so that practitioners stick with relaxation/wellness massage & refer out anything requiring more advanced training, until they can complete such training themselves, IF they so choose. Healthy touch is a basic human need too often unmet in our society. Relaxation massage satifies that need & can create a healthier, less violent culture. Why restrict access to basic massage by mandating advanced training for entry-level touch?
Gail Frei

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more The idea of becoming a practitioner of the art of massage behooves its student to be adept in the skill of touch and detection of what is felt. What is 1,000 hours when it is a life long pursuit to excell in the field to provide an honorable service to the person on your table?


1,000 hours or more The quality of the hours is critical!!!

Anonymous
 I believe 500 hours is fine for a new therapist, in fact, Iknow several wonderful people who might not have bben able to become therapists if the cost was higher, how ever, I believe if we're going to be accepted into the medical community, licensure may need to be splt into 2 categories, with an associates degree becoming the standard for medical work, putting us on par with PTA;'s and OTA's.


0-250 hours I have a 100 hour certification in massage from CA.. I feel that I should be able to work in this field without having to spend more money on education. I feel competent in what I do, and know my strengths and weaknesses re: massage. I enjoy working on people, and don't feel I should have to be limited by a state's laws because there are a lot of "quacks" out there.


500-749 hours I beleive the training hours in any field are important to a point.
However, i feel many of the students that enroll in massage therapy do not actually take the medical aspect of this medical field seriously themselves and therefore project a poor image of our profssion through their poor attitudes.

In my school the information is in the students hands.
The training is begining to suffer though; since the majority of the students in my classes, simply want the grades handed to them and they choose to neglect the studies, instructors just give up and stop providing the most needed aspect of training which is the hands on aspect for learning.
My point is - You can provide all the hours in the world but if a student does not internalize the information and does nothing with that training, the number of hours offered will never make a difference.

The Quality of a therapist; in my opinion, is solely dependent on that therapists initiative and desires.

Anonymous
0-250 hours I am a massage therapist with 250 hours of training. I have found that the number of training hours are not the most important criteria for becoming a good therapist. It is the love and intent to heal that you bring to your clients. No set number of hours of training can manifest this in a person. Many of the students in my class have been unsuccessful because of this specific lack; and those with a true caring nature are successful.


0-250 hours Don't think school was all that impressive. It was very expensive and I Learned most of what I needed to know including my best techniques (the ones that get clients to come back) after school. Too much empahasis.


 
I believe that a professional massage therapist should have ample training as they are dealing with people's well being.


1,000 hours or more I am a graduate of a 2200 hour massage therapy program and I find it difficult to validate our profession to the medical society when there is a lack of educational standard. If the therapists with less training did not deal with insurance claims it would make it easier to validate our profession.

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more In Ontario 2200 hours of theory and clinical/practice time is the requirement. how anyone is able to learn and retain the required amount of information and be physically able to learn and perform techniques in even 1000 hours is beyond me. It makes the profession look bad there should be a standard to the amount of hours for all of North America.
John

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more In Ontario 2200 hours of theory and clinical/practice time is the requirement. how anyone is able to learn and retain the required amount of information and be physically able to learn and perform techniques in even 1000 hours is beyond me. It makes the profession look bad there should be a standard to the amount of hours for all of North America.
John


1,000 hours or more I started my massage career in a State without licensure. After ten years of massage I was required to attend a 500 hour course to obtain my license in the State to which I had relocated.

I entered my 500 hour course feeling that this was just another formality that I would need to endure to gain a license. I found that 500 hours seems to be a lot of time at the start of one's studies, but it left me with a hunger for additional studies that continues today. Although I have instructed many of my own clinics, I never get tried of studying the techniquies of other health professionals. I would hate to come to the point where my "cup" didn't have room for more education.

John Brochu
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Anonymous
251-499 hours I believe that your important basics can be taught in this range of hours and from that point on leave it up to the individual as to where their advanced interest and training takes them. I also believe too many schools take up to many hours with filler classes that the student is stuck paying for and wont necessarily use or need depending on their area of interest.


1,000 hours or more Given the current state of massage therapy education I think more is better than less, but I also feel that longevity in the business is often a better indicator of a person's expertise in the field. Most therapists seem to practice only part-time and tend to burn-out after only a few seasons because it is such hard work running a practice full-time and having to battle the stereotypes and misinformation rampant in the massage world. Maybe more education for therapists would be better, but more education for the general public would be best!

Anonymous
750-999 hours I am currently in a 2 year Associate's Degree program (6 weeks to go!), and I'm not sure that an academic degree is warranted, but I'm an older student with a graduate degree who's been working in health care for 15 years. I see massage as more "hands-on" techniques than academic, and I love the fact that I can make my own assessments and carry out my own therapuetic plans (rather than being directed by an MD, etc). I've had lots of academics, but not as much training in techniques as I would have liked. However, I don't think anybody can do a good job in massage without adequate background in anatomy,physiology, myology and kinesiology. I know not all states regulate/license massage therapists, and I'd like to see some kind of standarization for training and licensure nationwide. I think it's almost kind of moot to discuss wether we need 250 hours or 2500 hours, or whether we should have a 2-tier system, or advanced training, etc., when in some states you need ZERO hours to practice massage. Set some basic (not pie-in-sky) minimum nationally first. Ditch the focus on insurance reimbursement - the only people who really get reimbursed are the CEOs of the HMOs and insurance companies.

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more To do massage less than 100 hours is needed. Massage Therapy, to me, implies treating conditions. If treating conditions one must be held to a greater standard. Maybe as much as the 3300 hours required by British Columbia should be the standard.


 If the therapeutic massage program provides a basic intensive instruction, between 300 and 500 hrs is a good start to begin a practice. Thereafter, it's up to the therapist to discover areas they want to specialize in, and what target markets they want to work with, because there really is so much out there to choose from.

Carolina.


500-749 hours Basic education is vital, however the new massage therapist learns his/her art by applying those newly learned techniques. Therefore, on-going massage education hours should be unlimited.


251-499 hours  Not everyone has a desire to do clinical massage. There should be a two tier system. A 500 hour Massage Therapist certification for those working in Spas and a 2000 hour Clinical Massage Therapist certification for those who want to do injury rehab and insurance work. It's unfortunate that the more qualified individuals will make less money due to "Managed Care" constraints. I remember wanting to do only clinical work when I finished the 750 hour program at Lauterstein Conway School of Massage here in Austin, Texas around '95. Clinics paid on average $10 per hour for doing primarily deep tissue while Spa work came out to $50 + tips for doing mainly relaxation and a little deep tissue from time to time. I quickly decided Spa work was the intelligent choice. Wonder if NCTMB will get serious and drop the Asian modality questions from their proposed 1000 hour certification?

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more Although the state in which I work requires only 650 hours for licensure, I graduated with 1100 hours of training and found this to be only adequate when starting my private practice. The medical knowledge needed to be an effective practitioner requires at least a full year of training. This is important not only to develop skill and knowledge to give good treatments, but even more important, the skill and knowledge to know when NOT to give a treatment.

If we are to be accepted as professionals, we need the training and expertise to back that claim. Although I find regulation generally just creates more paperwork & politics, a two-tier system of training, with those less trained working under the supervision of someone more experienced, much like a Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practitioner working with a physician, may be a way to keep our standards high and offer support and expertise to those who simply want to offer nurturing massage rather than clinical work. We would all benefit from having mentors and/or collegues within the holistic field available when difficult situations arise.


1,000 hours or more In Arizona, they (legislators) are trying to pass a bill that a massage therapist will only need to complete a 500hr program. I am currently enrolled in a 1000hr program. I personally feel that our clients have put their complete trust and faith in us, that we know what we're doing; and we owe it to them to do just that. I just don't think that 500hrs, or anything less than a 1000 is enough!


1,000 hours or more I myself graduated from a 500 hour course, and I have to tell you I was not prepared to work. 500 hours is not enough time to train a therapist for the multitude of situations and environments they might end up working in. When I graduated I was barely knowledgeable enough to work in a spa environment, let alone the medical massage field I wanted to be in. Not only does the amount of hours required need to be forcefully increased, but the standard of education as well. There where 12 students in my 6 month accelerated class, of which only 2 are currently working in the field two years afterwards. Collectively we spent more than $60,000 in education expenses, and only two of us were able to continue our education enough to find work.


0-250 hours I started with 250 hours of education, 15 years ago. I have since taken probably more than 1,000 hours of continuing ed.
I do wish that I had more support in figuring out how to have a successful career. I figured things out with the help of a few friends.

I believe 250 hours of education is enough to start a massage practice. I think that requiring continuing ed. in Supervison and peer groups should be added.

I see many practitioners coming straight out of school with 1000 hours of education and they are so in their heads with the amount of information they just learned that they have little knowledge.


500-749 hours I took 500 educational hours. There is a lot to learn about the human body and I do not believe that you can "learn" it in less than 500 hours. There were still alot of things that we just brushed over that really needed to be learned.


1,000 hours or more I believe that school should be mandatory for massage therapists. If you don't go to school how would you know what is wrong with a person or what kind of syndrome they have. If you go to school you will get a better job plus know what you are doing.


1,000 hours or more I would not mind seeing a 2 yr degree offered in
Massage. here is much to learn, but allowing 2 yrars
for it all to sink in would be better all-around for
the learning therapist. I would like to see as mamy
hours devoted to A & P as I would the more intuitive
aspects of our profession. It has taken me 7 years to
trust what I sense as well as what my hands feel. Our
profession allows us to develop at out own speed, but
the amount of info that has to be digested in a short
time was overwhelming in massag


1,000 hours or more Massage therapy training is and should be moving toward being degree granting programs with gen-ed requirements and all that goes into that. In so doing those teaching the courses must have one degree higher than the degree being awarded to the graduates. So in raising the competence of the instructors, we will raise the competence of the graduates, the individuals who will be the people responding to these surveys in the future!


500-749 hours I think that there should be two tiers of MT's similar to nurses (RN and LPN). I would like to see one level of training being 500-750 hours of training and another level be 2000 hours (similar to Canada). Organizing our profession this way would create credibility at both levels of training. MT's can then grow in their prospective fields and job placement can be appropriate to the level of training received. I hope as NCTMB develops the two tier system for testing it will consider upping the ante considerably in hours of training needed to be an "advanced MT"


1,000 hours or more I believe that to truly understand the practice of massage there should be a standard level of education and that continuing education ( of the practioners' choice or area of interest ) be required.


500-749 hours My program was an apprentice program of only 250 hours. Over the years I have averaged 20 credits of continuing education per year. I am now in my 19th year and am about ready to graduate from a 500 hour plus program in Healing Arts and Energy Medicine. If you love this work you learn as you go. What I found lacking in 250 hours was the attention to detail of Anatomy&Physiology. I took it in Community College post graduation which was of great benefit.


 I lecture remedial massage at 2 different colleges.
In my experience , 1000 hours is barely sufficient. If we wish to lift the massage profile , we have got to have better trained therapists ,where skills are refined and are more thorough with history taking and treatment plans.
I hear too many stories of clients turning away from massage after 1 bad treatment from a grossly undertrained "Massage Therapist"


500-749 hours I am currently enrolled in the 600 hour core plus program at Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washingtin DC, level one, and the amount of work we are doing seems like a lot. I enjoy all the classes and I could have opted for the 500 hour program but thought the extra would make it more complete. I could not imagin having to go to school any longer that 3 terms and the reason behind that is most of the people in training are also working full time and have families. Also people are trying to propell themselves into a totally new career and you don't want to make the idea unappealing or totally unattainable. 500 to 800 hours should be the standard for Massage Therapists.

Anonymous
1,000 hours or more I believe a minimum of 80 hours of supervised placement is required to obtain a thorough crossrange of clients that will be seen once the student has graduted


1,000 hours or more The Public has a right to receive Massage Therapy from a Therapist who is skilled and competant. To ensure the Therapist has not just received training in a "weekend course", it is necessary for a Massage Associations to develop standards for all Therapists that combine theoretical and practical applications. Would you feel safe knowing your family Doctor had completed a 1 year Medical Degree and was about to perform your annual physical? Yikes! There are so many possible conditions and pathologies that a client could have,so many contraindications, and of course, so many techniques to learn, that courses under 1000 hours, in my opinion, are not adequately equipping Therapist's with the tools needed to be considered Therapists. Currently, there are many States and Provinces that are not in agreeance with the number of educational hours. If there were a National standardized number of educational hours, then there may not be such a variance in the skills of Massage Therapists. Standardizing educational hours promotes the reputation of Therapists, and their longevity. Standardizing education ultimately protects the public from those therapists deemed incompetant.

Kerri Olds, B.Kin, RMT
Hamilton, ON, Canada


1,000 hours or more I CAME OUT OF MASSAGE SCHOOL KNOWING HOW TO GIVE A MASSAGE, PERIOD. I'VE HAD TO TAKE MANY SEMINARS TO BECOME WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A MASSAGE THERAPIST. CANADA REQUIRES MANY MORE HOURS THAN THE USA AND I BELIEVE WE NEED TO STANDARDIZE THIS AREA OF HEALTH CARE MUCH MORE ACROSS THE STATES. PEOPLE WANT AND DESERVE BETTER HEALTH CARE,I THINK PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF BEING GIVEN 5 MINUTES IN A DOCTORS OFFICE AND SENT OUT THE DOOR WITH A PERSCRIPTION FOR DRUGS.AFTER ALL HELPING PEOPLE IS WHAT WE DO,MORE TRAINING/HOURS SHOULD BE THE STANDARD.


1,000 hours or more I'm a nationally cetified massage therapist with approximately 850 hours of formal training. I also have a bachelor's degree in social work and am not considered a therapist.
To the best of my knowledge a "therapist", would have a master's degree with 3 years of experience. Prior to being eligible to test for certification/licensure

Anonymous
500-749 hours I believe in a 2 tier system, where 250 hours is adequate for a practioner, and 500 as a "therapist"


1,000 hours or more In Canada we are required by our provincial organizations to have a minimum of 2200hrs training before practicing. We also have to have 150hrs hands on training time as well. Would I need to write an american board exam to practice in the United States?
Just curious. Have a great day. Thanks.

Wayne F. Mac Neil, Certified Massage Therapist, NS,Canada.


1,000 hours or more To be considered credible by the insurance industry, ALL Massage Therapists must be properly trained, and ALL must be trained in Medical Massage Therapy.


1,000 hours or more I am currently in the process of completing my 1000 hours training, and find it an absolute minimum.
It should actually be considered a "start", and a licence to begin learning.
Too many MT's are just not sufficiently trained, and it is time to raise the professionalism level if we want to be respected as professionals in the future.
Quality not quantity is what counts.
If only highly qualified MT's were in practice, there would be not shortage of clients as it is the case for most of the MT's I came in contact with so far.
:o)
Jerome Max, Redding, CT

Anonymous
251-499 hours I think that between 250 and 500 hours is very satisfactory for the mimimal requirement. I think too many institutions are adding some courses that do not really apply to massage therapy. Some of the schools, not all mind you, add some fluff courses and in my humble opinion do not really address massage therapy, but other areas that a large percentage of therapists do not believe in or will ever use in practice.
However, I am a firm believer in continuing education after minimal training in MT and believe that a therapist can tune his or her training to what they want to pursue. You could well build up to an additional 500 hours within a few years. So, get the basic amount of training and pursue areas of specialty through continuning ed courses.
Thanks


750-999 hours I completed 750 hours and believe that to become "somewhat knowledgable" a minimum of 750 hours should be required. I also firmly believe that a course in pathologoy should also be a course requirement in order to complete a massage therapy program at any accredited school.


500-749 hours 600 should be enough for simple massage and some advanced types.


1,000 hours or more I graduated MT school in Texas with 300 hours. My daughter had to take 1500 hours to "cut hair". I feel that MTs can potentially inflict more damage to an individual than a hair-dresser. Texas has the highest # of MTs in the nation due to the ease and lack of time commitment involved--you can be working in as little as 4 months! The drawback is the quality of massage offered with only 300 hours, and the number of therapists here who don't take their training seriously, or quit. However, MORE hours do not mean a BETTER therapist, just MORE individuals who will pursue Massage Therapy as a serious field instead of parlor and "escort" venues.
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