Massage therapy has tremendous potential to enhance the quality of life for a limitless variety of clients. When the full potential of massage therapy is delivered to the client, there is a positive impact on not only the client, but also the massage therapist, everyone they both interact with, and our world.
As a massage therapist, helping people feel better can be very rewarding, you can earn a good income, you can work in a variety of environments, and there are many opportunities for continually increasing your knowledge and skills.
The profession of massage therapy is well-established. The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation is a specialized accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit massage therapy and skin care schools. There are two organizations that provide national certification exams, and a license is required in almost every state. The Massage Therapy Foundation provides funding for research, community service and scholarships. Research studies are documenting the many benefits of massage therapy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a government agency that funds research projects and educates the public about the benefits of massage therapy and other approaches to physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
Massage education varies significantly from one program and school to another. Some programs meet the minimum requirements, and others offer education that is above and beyond basic licensure and certification standards. Unfortunately, the minimum standards are not sufficient for ensuring that massage therapists provide high-quality care for their clients. The teachers and administrators at Health Works Institute are among those in the profession who believe that the standards for education, certification and licensure need to be raised.
Health Works Institute’s massage program exceeds minimum requirements, because:
- Minimally trained massage therapists frequently deliver massage that is unsafe, unnecessarily painful, ineffective and not worth the cost.
- There is an unacceptable level of inconsistency in the practice of massage therapy, resulting in a failure of the profession to earn the trust and respect of the public, including conventional medicine and the insurance industry.
- Succeeding financially as a massage therapist is made more difficult by the inconsistency in massage therapists’ ability to deliver a safe, comfortable and effective session for the client. This inconsistency results in clients giving their friends and others mixed reviews about their massage experiences.
- Many massage therapists invest in a training program and later drop out of the profession, because their education has not adequately prepared them. Continuing education is readily available to address the gaps in one’s knowledge and skills; however, it is much more expensive per classroom hour than a beginning training program, and federal financial aid does not cover continuing education.
- We know that well-trained massage therapists make a tremendous difference in the lives of those they touch. The differences include pain reduction or elimination, stress reduction that helps clients avoid chronic illness and emotional instability, and other life-changing benefits.
- We are committed to a broad-based program that prepares our graduates to partner with their clients to optimize the client’s physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
This is important information for prospective massage therapists to consider!
We invite your questions and feedback.