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Poll Results for the following Question:

What was the length of your massage education program?


250 hours or fewer
250-500 hours
500-700 hours
700-1,000 hours
1,000-2,000 hours
2,000 hours or more

Total Respondents: 919


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700-1,000 hours 

500-700 hours 500 hours is more than enough for ENTRY LEVEL practice! This push toward more hours for the medically minded does more harm than good for our profession. More hours does not necessarily equal higher standards or quality education. Too often it means more hours of the nonsense training most programs offer! Advanced classes are often just as suspect. Consider the weekend workshop promising a protocol for 'treating' whiplash injuries in just 12 hours!
What happened to the premise 'do no harm'? In my opinion basic entry level should be 500 hours, medical massage should be 1000+ with an internship!

700-1,000 hours Medical/Insurance focused Massage Therapy means less money in your pocket and death to new and innovative techniques.

500-700 hours i have over 600 hrs of training. i am still learning - everyday - but i am highly disturbed at the notion that we "must" be respected by the medical community and that we "must" be able to accept insurance and be able to work on broken and injured people. personally, i am in the stress-relieving, relaxation massage business in a resort town. i am a licensed, legitimate and highly respected massage therapist in my community and i could care less what the medical community thinks of me. AND i wouldn't accept insurance clients if i could. who in their right mind would want to clutter their lives with paperwork, bureaucracy and red tape? furthermore, i view massage as a healing ART and to allow the medical community to dictate the scope of my practice with their standards will rip the art and the passion right out of what i love. yes, there are those who want to practice more medical, rehabilition or asian type massage and OF COURSE those folks SHOULD be required to obtain more extensive education; however, please do not push those same requirements on me or others like me. my training is on-going and i will continue to pursue more training as i continue in this profession, but i hope and pray it will be in areas that fuel MY passion and are not compulsory in order to appease the almighty medical community or those who feel compelled to have ALL massage be accepted by them. i live to massage for this: to enhance my client's lives and reduce their stress with awesome and loving massage. period. they don't seem to be complaining and certainly don't think i am ill-prepared or DANGEROUS. and believe me, THEY respect the heck out of me and my work. for me, that's all that counts. namaste' jbh, palm springs, ca

700-1,000 hours My program was 750 hours long. I graduated with a 3.78 GPA, but I studied additional material before the National Certification Exam. Am happy with the amount of training I received. My main problem is with the detail of Chinese medicine on the exam. TOO MUCH. There is a exam for Asian modalities; our exam should focus more on general questions about modalities and anatomy/physiology.

700-1,000 hours I am a former educator and I believe the hours should be increased to 1,000 in every state. This will keep out the "non-serious" and give the rest of us the
skills and profeciency we need with the respeciability the field deserves.

700-1,000 hours The program needs to be longer and classes need more time duration for the material being covered. This is the most important factor of being a therapist except for the passion in it.

500-700 hours It is sad to know that I went to a school for 11 months and had a 3.58 average and was not properly educated for the stateboard test. I flunked it with a 236 score and needed a 300 to pass. I owe for the test, and the fact I have to pay again, plus grants to pay back starting in October and no way to make money from what I physically learned and was told by teachers and other massage therapist that I was very good. It is real sad to me and a school who does not have the time to help the students that have failed. We are history to them at this point. I do not like to be a failure over a piece of paper to value my touch in a professional manner but I sit here not having a clue on where to study or what to study for this stateboard test.

2,000 hours or more I find it difficult to accept the validity of any course less than 2200 hours, except if the massage is to be used for personal enjoyment or relaxation only. In recent years, when massage was not respected the way it is today, we could get away with a less than sufficient level of education; however, today, when we are expecting the medical convention to accept us as legitimate, we must raise our standards of education, in order to reflect our desire to be recognized as professionals. A longer more involved program also requires more of a committment from any student taking the program. In Canada the baseline is 2200 hours, and they seem to be making amazing headway with being accepted by the medical establishment. Many people (I have friends just across the border) also pay out of pocket (with no insurance) because their doctors endorse it, and they have seen how much faster their patients recover from injury, etc. Thanks

500-700 hours Although I only went through 650 hours of training the owner of my school owned a school in Canada which is 2 years of college for massage therapy. I also have a 12 year background in & around the Medical field that has proved extremely helpful in my practice. I do not feel as if there is enough initial training especially when the therapist wants to enter the Medical & Rehab arenas

1,000-2,000 hours Not everyone will be satisfied with across the board regulation of hours for schools. But I do believe
that Canada has the right idea. It's like the difference between doing Swedish all your life which is
great stuff of course! Or choosing more of a speciality that actually helps to prevents disfunction like
NMT, MyoSkeletal, Myofascial...and so on. ALL bodywork is wonderful on so many levels.....but
clients and the general public are becoming more educated about massage....and you know what that
means...they are going to seek out those that know what to do and how to do it and not someone
with 250-500 hours and no CEU's each year to keep them up to

700-1,000 hours My program was 750 hours. It might not be necessary to make the program quite that long, but I was glad for the extra time I spent in the anatomy/physiology classes when it was time for the national exam.

250-500 hours What is really important is the quality of the training and the integrity of the massage therapy school. Those two points need attention. Thank you.

500-700 hours 600 Hours & feel it could have been longer, there's a lot more to learn.

250-500 hours I believe that massage schools should fully prepare the students for a career in massage therapy which would require more hours of instruction (minimum of 1000 hours). Speaking as a previous massage instructor of a 500 hour program (and graduating from the same 500 hour program), it just does not allow enough time to fully prepare the students for what the real world holds. We also need to be honest. Massage is not all glamour and $$$$$. Although it can be very rewarding, it is hard work and hard on the body. One needs to truly understand what they are embarking on. Remove the rose colored glasses.

500-700 hours When I graduated from massage school several years ago, the program I went through listed only our "clock" hours as the number of hours with which we graduated. I have become aware since that some programs give their graduates credit for both "clock" hours and the additional "study" hours as total graduating hours. So even though my diploma says I have, for example, 600 hours, according to some programs I would have been given credit for twice that amount. I'm wondering if a consensus has been reached in the past several years among massage schools as to using only "clock" hours, or combining them with the "study" hours when designating the number of hours in a program?

 I attended and graduated from an excellent MT school, however it did not offer an indepth study of the meridians required to pass the NCE.

1,000-2,000 hours I thank the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, Co. everyday for the education I received
more than a decade ago. Since that time I have pursued 30-60 hours of CEU's a year and I am even
more passionate today about my field than ever before and still doing it full time. I feel incredibly sad
for those individuals who are receiving sub standard education (not necessarily in hours) due to the
environment they are subject to every day in school. Verbal abuse, dual relationships, unprofessional
behavior on the part of faculty and administration. It breaks my heart. Although I fully support 1000
or more hour programs, it is not the hours MUST be of the highest quality possible.
Massage has become a "good sell" to prospective naive students....and people are making a lot of
money off of them. It's

 I feel incredibly fortunate to have graduated not only from a 1,000 hour or more massage therapy
program but I feel EVEN MORE forunate that I was never subjected to the kind of "education" that is
happening at places like the Heritage Colleges across the country.
How in the world do you receive the same education for $15 grand when every six weeks brand new
students are mixed in with experienced students? And ONE teacher teaches every
ridiculous is that? That's called steal

500-700 hours I believe that we should be required to have at least 2000 hours in order to have the needed education.

700-1,000 hours My school was not detailed enough for me. Our teachers could not touch us or we couldn't touch them. I was very upset about the whole thing. If it wasn't God telling me that this was my path and my friend and one of my teachers I wouldn't be a CMT now. My class started with 29 student only three if us graduate. I have learned so much on my own I think that I should get my money back. I don't want to say such bad things ,but it the truth. I love being a CMT, it was one of the best choices I've made in my life. I am very grateful for learning what I 've learned. I want to further my education and get my BA. Can you help me? Love Netta

2,000 hours or more As a therapist in Ontario, Canada. our program is 2300 hrs, what might you ask do we do with that much time ?, Many of our courses may seem like over kill to some but (like 2 semesters of neurophysiology), but many are of real benifit like the in-depth assesments, treatments, ethics /boundries etc.
In Ont,even classes to be an esthtitician are 500hrs, if you just got out of the hospital for multiple fractures would you want some one with 200-500hrs workinh on you ?.

500-700 hours I think too much emphasis was put into Chinese medicine and other oriental syles of medicine and not enough emphasis on practical massage. The reasoning being that too much emphasis is on the national test and we are not in the orient. Studying and testing on this needless information is a total waste.

1,000-2,000 hours I loved massage school and I am having the time o fmy life, working at on of the number 1 spas in the world.

700-1,000 hours I'm currently attending American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. The State of Ohio require's 600 hrs and our program is 720. I'm confident in the learning structure, NMT, Anatomy/Physiology and most techniques. I feel the downfall of most schools is their lack of electives in different distinct tracks i.e. NMT/Medical Massage, Spa/Relaxation and/or Energy based modalities. I also think that a National Board should subvein to standardize 1000 hr programs in conjunction with National Certification.

Other Too long and too expensive. Also disappointing because there was not enough massage training. I do not need to know all the stuff I was forced to learn to do massage. I think massage schools should teach massage in a short period of time and then teach those that want to learn all that medical stuff, water stuff and stuff that does not really have anything to do with massage later.

1,000-2,000 hours nys - currently in 1000 hour program

500-700 hours Irene's Myomassalogy Institute in Michigan was a 600 hour program in 2003. Well-rounded curriculum including Ethics, Marketing, and General Business. Mandatory practicals, clinicals and tons of electives kept us pretty busy. Will still however take many CEU's.

700-1,000 hours The course was well rounded; but still lacked pathology and other modalities that would have enhanced the ability of Therapist just out of school.

More needs to be included in actual classroom teaching and not so much on CEU's after licensure.

500-700 hours Due to the insurgence of "medical massage" , I beleive the more education the better. In order for Massage Therapists to be taken seriously in the ever expanding world of medicine we must be knowledgable, and exude professionalism.

1,000-2,000 hours I believe that a minimum of 1,000 hours should be required for certification if the profession is going to advance. This is not just to have more hours for the sake of more hours, but to include more quality instruction and clinical experience. There also exists the opportunity for school leaders to observe students and their work habits and skills, thus being able to assess whether they are releasing skilled professionals into the field.There are far too many LMT's with barely enough knowledge who potentially run the risk of doing greater harm than good.

 I had to have 300 hours in Texas( this is all the school offers) and went to a school that was not that impressive. I take the boards in Septmeber and I am worried they did not teach us half of what will be on the exam. I think Texas needs to up their hours. It is embrassing to go to other states and talk to others that had a ton of training. I love what I do and can not wait to start taking CEU classes. I agree with others that 1000-2000 hours only scratch the surface. Grant it we are not doctors but I truly believe the more you know the better off you will be.

700-1,000 hours My education included neuromuscular certification and intro seminars to several modalities of massage. (ie) shiatsu, orthobionomy and polarity. We also had electives to complete in 2 areas. So I have a certificate in chair massage and geriatric 1 massage.
500-700 hours I continue to take 30+ hours of CEU's each year.

500-700 hours It may be more useful to also know the the total number of hours including continuing education. Many massage therapists take a considerable amount of continuing education. Although my original program consisted of 575 hours, I have taken about 900 hours of continuing education. Many massage therapists have taken even more.

500-700 hours I feel that all massage therapist should have more education, especially in the medical area. (This is an area that is very hard to get into.)Where I went to school, they have increased the hours, but just added little tid/bids of classes. But it doesn't make the education soild enough.

Once my classmate and myself asked the instructors to slow down on certain classes, we were told "NO, they could not because our classes were on a time schedule". "Besides", they told the class, "Massage School classes are an overview, get over it." My reply was, "What an expensive damn overview".

Since then, things have begun changing at that school. Speaking up as a group did help make a difference. I still have a hard time to recommend someone to massage school, due to that comment (I graduated in 98'). But if someone comes and talks to me about massage school, only after I have explained the above comments, can I encourage them on to a life time of helping others thru that of touch and massage.

500-700 hours I am fortunate that I got entry into the field with so little training. I feel that all the secondary study I had to do would add up to quite the massage therapy program and I am still not satisfied.

I would like to see the programs improve greatly but the potential graduate has to be rewarded financially for their investment. How many therapists are raising families on their net revenue?

1,000-2,000 hours 1100 hours in Massachusetts this includes a&p 1 and 2, neurology, pathology, kinesiology, medical terminology, shiat., reiki, spa modalities, aromatherapy, sports massage, ethics, massage office, 100 hours of clinic,90 hours of hands on, internship, myofacial, trigger point upper and lower,swedish, and much more. I wish it could be longer, the human body is a wonderful thing..........

250-500 hours I'm glad it was less hours because I was working a full time job and needed to be done and working a new profession. But I would like to continue my education and further my knowledge in other forms of massage, other than swedish that I learned. But I would like it to count toward more hours needed if the hours for Texas are increased.

2,000 hours or more Canadian Trained therapist. Very intense course, well worth the effort! 2 years of training, 6 hour board exam 1 hour hands on practical....all after you've graduated from college. Grad of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, 1999.

700-1,000 hours Though my program was the longest in the state I live in, I feel I got an extremly well rounded education that has prepaired me well for the profession.

1,000-2,000 hours I had an NYS education of 1000 clock hours with additional clinical requirements. After that have taken 80 - 100 hours of con. ed.

250 hours or fewer Back in 1984 it was the only program in my area and the best teacher in Michigan Now Irene Gauthier owns one of the best schools in Michigan..I have been doing massage 20 years now with lots of continuing education, which we all need, and college anatomy and physiology for a better in depth understanding of the body.

1,000-2,000 hours I think the poll would have given more valuable info had you said 250-499; 500-699; 700-999, etc., since many, if not most, programs in the US are between 500 and 1000. The difference in education between 700 and 1000 can be significant. Mine was 1000 so I checked 1000-2000.
Regardless, I'll be interested in the results.
Thanks for doing this online.

700-1,000 hours I wish a lot of states would approach the licensing issue. I was able to learn the basic's well, but my school was very limited on any specialized areas. But, we can't have everything at one place!

700-1,000 hours I attended the Soma Institute - The National School of Massage Therapy located in Chicago, IL

It is the best school in the world!

500-700 hours 
I am board certified; licensed in LA - been practicing for 2 years; I will ALWAYS be clocking hours !!!! There is so much exciting information out there to learn about -- I will not live long enough to learn enough!!!!!! The body is so is sad however, that some schools don't have better teachers - I was fortunate.

1,000-2,000 hours I've had 1200 hours of training and it's a 2400 hr. program. I feel that'swhat it should be for all massage therapists if we're going to work competantly with other medical professionals and expect our services to be covered by insurance.

Lisa Townsend

250 hours or fewer My education for massage was 130 hours . I feel that 130 hours is plenty of hours to learn basic knowledge. I have gained the knowledge of all the proper strokes from school among other information, such as anatomy, and marketing. As a new therapist i recieve compliments often about my thoroughness ,good pressure, and relaxing state the client has been in during theor massage. I feel that 500 hours or more is unecessary becuse form the first 200 hours of education the student has learned all she needs to go out in the field and work as a massage therapist. After 200 hours students become anxious to work and strart there career.

700-1,000 hours The longer the training and experience the better.
Gene Burcham l.M.P.--1993-TO-CURRENT

250-500 hours The school's teacher for practial did not teach us correctly.The owner found out fired her,we all had to take state practial over again.I have not recommended this school.

500-700 hours I attended a 650 hour program but graduated with 740 hours. There were so many exciting elective options and I could not take just the 16 hours we were alotted in our primary program!!!
250-500 hours Con't from last comment
I was a trainer in the Army of "hands on" skills. After spending 4000 training in Bodywork skills the teaching leaves lots to be desired. teacher's come in do their thing,sell a video, & go home. People leave with 20% of what they were taught. Interesting. It is really starting to show out in the world. Too bad the public at-large doesn't know any better.

250-500 hours I started at 300 hours. I now have 4200 hours a $120,000 later. I've seen everything. I will be learning the rest of my life. I don't live off my massage $$$ so i used it to go to school.

 2200hr program in Ontario, Canada. I graduated in 1990 from The Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy. I feel that it was a neccesary length of time to learn. In Ontario, RMT's are required to write a board exam in order to quailify to pactice. As well',through the College of Massage Therapist of Ontrio, we are required by law to have 30 CEU's over a 3 year cycle. I feel it is necessary to have these rules & regulations in place to further educate the public about what we do, to protect the public from unliscened individuals who don't have the extensive training, and as a RMT I am continuosly learning something new each day..

250 hours or fewer The massage school I went to in 1987 was 200 hours.
I have certainly made up for that in continuing education courses. At the time, there were not many schools to choose from.
Thank you for the work that you do.
Verna Seckman

1,000-2,000 hours And we only scratched the surface....

500-700 hours I attended the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and have found that the 638 hrs is good thoughI now see areas they could spend more time instructing. As with any profession training is essential even just to get started. I wouldn't want to pay someone for a massage who only has a very basic knowledge. To me that can be dangerous at the very least.

500-700 hours 500 hours

250 hours or fewer I would like to comment that even though my "Massage education" was less than 250, I fine tuned my education with types of training that was applicable to our medically based massage therapy business. I now have about that magic 500 hours of training and expect to increase that to a total of 700- 800 hours by the end of 2005 and will continue increasing the hours for some time to com. Lets take into consideration that the basic massage school (always necessary) should not always be the measure of education. Its the additional specialized training coupled with basic training and experience that hones a therapist...

250 hours or fewer I don't feel it's necessary for a massage therapist to start out with a 500 or 700 or 1000 hour program. A good, basic massage education can be taught in 200 hours or less. After the student has been out in practice for a while, they'll find an area they're drawn to study more in, and can add on to their initial learning, going into it in more depth than they can as part of a broad spectrum of a longer program.

1,000-2,000 hours Requirements from NY was alot more than I had expected and questioned if this was well worth it.
I moved to San Antonio, Texas and talk about devine intervention (no religious context here) it was all well worth it and it amazed me alot. I once thought well it doesn't really matter the amount of education if you got the nack for massage that mazol tov but I take it all back, less knowledge and experience more burn out and drop out rates, this is sad I have encountered 2 out of 15 rmts that should have stayed a massage therapist the rest shouldn't have. Not to be arrogant but truth hurts. I am not saying I am better but there are those who say they are and thats arrogant.
I would highly recommend no less than 500, these are people's body's we are working on. And yes we are well protected that we can't do harm, but I beg to differ.

1,000-2,000 hours I went to New Center College in NY and at first going to school was horrific I was like all this just to be a massage therapist , the boards almost killed me. Let me tell you moving to Texas I thank god everyday.

700-1,000 hours I began studies at Lauterstein Conway School of Massage 10 years ago in Austin. Texas only requires 300 hours though Lauterstein Conway provides up to 750 in 3 semester sections. They covered the basic areas: ethics, techinque, a&p, business, and went a step further to include phycology of bodywork training. No wonder people refer to TLC as the Harvard of Massage schools!

 I wish I had done a little bit more visiting and research on the schools.
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