Become a Massage Therapist
How to Become a Massage Therapist
Want to become a massage therapist and wondering where to start?
Here are the steps to take for your massage therapy career.
First, check out the following resources, if you haven't
Still think a career in massage therapy is right for you?
Great! Here is an overview of the process.
Determine what the state or local requirements are for
massage therapy certification in the
area you want to work. Most states require around 500 hours
from an accredited school before you can become licensed to
Select a massage school that offers the
types of massage therapy
you're are interested in.
Complete the required coursework and clinic hours at the
school of your choice. Congratulations, you are now
ready to start practicing massage therapy!
Apply for your state or local massage therapy license.
This may be called
massage therapy certification or registration
in some states.
massage therapy insurance. You are nearly
always required to carry your own massage therapy liability
insurance, but occasionally an employer will cover you with
their insurance. Check with your prospective employer if
you think this is the case.
Some employers will hire you as an employee and others will
hire you as an independent contractor.
If you will be working as an independent contractor, you
may need to obtain an independent contractor license for each
city in which you work. Your massage school can provide you
with information for what is required in your area. Also,
you can call or visit each city's website for local requirements.
Planning to start your own business? You will
need to obtain a business license and insurance in addition
to your massage therapist liability insurance. Massage therapy
schools typically do not give adequate training in this area, so
you will need to education yourself further in starting and
running a business if this is the path you choose.