Welcome to How to be a Masseuse! We have all the information that you need to make your journey into the excellent occupation of massage therapist. Our information about the specific training requirements, types of massage, job options and hiring process will assist you in getting the job of your dreams.
Congratulations on your decision to begin your career as a massage therapist, also known as masseuse (female) or masseur (male). The field that you have chosen to enter is a rapidly growing field with many different career options. There has never been a better time to be a massage therapist. The requirements for being a massage therapist vary significantly depending upon where you live. Please select where you live to begin so that you can be directed to the according information.
Currently, How to be a Masseuse only has information about The United States and Australia. We are working on information for the provinces of Canada and the UK. Check back soon for that information. Becoming a massage therapist can be broken down into four simple steps.
STEP 1: TRAINING
The first step is to complete to becoming a massage therapist is to complete a training program. You will be commonly taught the basics of Swedish massage. Most states in the United States require the course to be a minimum length, normally between 500-1000 hours. Go to the country specific pages for that information.
STEP 2: LICENISURE
Most school will support their students with the licensing requirements and how to apply. If not, then the state massage board will need to be contacted for information. Links to those sites are available on the country specific pages of How to be a Masseuse.
STEP 3: CERTIFICATION
Nation certification is required for some states in the United States. In most places it is not essential. However, this step is highly recommended as in most professions there is an education inflation and the most educated you are the better.
STEP 4: JOB
The last step is to obtain a job in massage. Many massage therapists work for themselves and open their own practice. Others work for massage businesses as an employee. Others work as a freelancers and does massages for business people at their offices. There are many types of jobs to choose from. Pick the one that is right for you.
Once these four step are complete, you will be a working certified massage therapist. If you enjoy massage and are interest in more information, read some of How to be a Masseuse’s articles about specific types of massage, massage oils and equipment.
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