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Starting a Career as a Massage Therapist

  1. The first, most important step to starting a massage therapist career is finding the right education and training. Look for a massage school with an educational curriculum approved by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy. While at the massage school, you will learn massage techniques, such as Swedish, deep tissue, orthopedic, cross fiber, and neuromuscular massage therapy. At the end of the program, you should be able to conduct a physical assessment of your clients to identify key areas of the body in need of massage therapy. After you begin your career, you might also choose to specialize in a particular massage technique.
  2. You should not purchase a massage table prior to the start of your training. During your massage therapy education, you will learn about factors important to massage table selection. Some of these are quality, utility, height adjustment, and size.
  3. Upon completion of a massage therapy program, you will need to take and pass one of three exams approved by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, in order to pursue a massage therapist career. These tests are offered by The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards and The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
  4. When searching for a job, your newly acquired licensing number will need to be written on all of your business/contact information. You should also check with your municipality office for various business licensing requirements.
  5. Countless businesses and industries are in need of knowledgeable, licensed massage therapists. Job opportunities include work in spas and medi-spas, doctors' offices, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, cruise ships, college/professional athletic teams, resorts, etc.

Learn more about massage training at the Georgia Massage School.

At Georgia Massage School, we help you realize your dream of starting a massage therapist career, in the most economical and expedient way. Our award-winning instructors have created an exclusive sequence of massage therapy classes so you can get started faster. Contact us to learn about our massage training program.