To begin your career, one of the best starting points is to enroll in a formal education program in the form of a degree or a certificate. Here you will be taught how to perform different types of massage and provide the perfect experience for your clientele. Education should include both practical and theory lessons so you can gain on-the-job experience while studying.
Building up your practical hours
There are requirements in each state for the minimum number of hours of practical massaging experience needed to become a licensed therapist. You may have already built up hours in your school’s massage clinic, and if not, you can complete an internship to increase your number of hands-on hours.
Some schools will include a licensing test as part of their graduation requirements. If this isn’t an option at your place of study, you will need to complete the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). This two-hour, 100-question assessment is conducted by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
State Licensing Application
Before you can get your first job as a massage therapist, you need to become licensed in your state. Look up the specific licensing requirements for your area using the American Massage Therapy Association’s website, compile your proof that you hold all valid qualifications, and submit an application for state licensing.
Licensed massage therapists must take a certain number of continuing education courses for them to remain authorised to practice. Compulsory courses cover a range of topics, including business, research, and ethics. The American Massage Therapy Association website provides access to online studies along with information about in-person classes.