Why Study Massage Therapy?

May 27, 2020

Do you have what many people dub as “healing hands”, or the ability to make pain disappear with a touch? If you answered a loud yes, studying massage therapy may open your door to a career that is both lucrative and personally rewarding.  

Whether you’re a certified massage therapist or a newbie in the sphere of manual therapies, exploring courses focusing on various manual healing techniques is a good way to expand your knowledge and capabilities. Massage offers a host of benefits for adults and children alike. It reduces pain, alleviates stress and anxiety, improves joint mobility and even promotes the emotional and intellectual development of babies. 

Some people gain qualifications for a specific type of massage technique, but you have the option to learn a wide array of therapies and be the go-to person of elite athletes, tired office workers, pregnant mum and parents with premature babies who had to undergo neonatal care.

Becoming a Qualified Massage Therapist

If you’re determined to build a career in massage, consider taking a relevant certificate or diploma course at an accredited university or college. Once you have obtained the qualifications for a massage therapist’s job, you may be eligible to apply for membership in a professional association such as the Association of Massage Therapists

Schools that offer massage courses specialise in a variety of massage techniques, including:

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is a type of massage targets impaired muscles, immobile joints and damaged connective tissues that cause excruciating pain and decrease one’s range of motion. 

Swedish Massage

If you want to learn how to release muscle tension and provide ultimate relaxation, Swedish massage is the technique perfect for you. 

Deep tissue Massage

People who suffer from sore muscles and injuries resulting from physical activities like sports prefer this type of massage. Deep tissue massage requires more pressure than other techniques.

Infant Massage

Infant massage is a special type of alternative treatment employs a light and soothing touch to support the physical, emotional and psychological development of babies. 


The manipulation of the feet and hands is the main focus of reflexology. It is rooted in the concept that certain points on these body parts correspond to certain internal organs.

Hot Stone Massage 

Instead of your bare hands, you will learn how to use warm stones to relieve muscle tension and improve blood circulation to perform hot stone therapy massage

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a full-body massage that employs stretching sequences that are similar to what you would do in yoga. These sequences coupled with strong pressure on the body alleviates pain and mental stress.

Aromatherapy Massage     

An aromatherapy massage employs gentle strokes and essential oils. This kind of massage provides positive effects on the mind, body and emotions. 

Whatever area you choose to excel in, enrolling in a massage course will not only guarantee financial success in the future, but it will also allow you to live a fulfilling life knowing you are playing a pivotal role in people’s health and wellness goals.

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FAQs About Being a Holistic Doctor

What do holistic practitioners focus on?

Holistic healthcare practitioners consider all aspects of a person's health to address their ailment, whether it's physical, emotional, mental or spiritual in nature. Aside from examining the person's state of health, they look into lifestyle, nutritional and environmental factors that play a contributing role.

What can you do with an alternative medicine degree?

Gaining qualifications in a course relevant to alternative medicine allows you to pursue a career in the health and wellness industry. You can qualify as a massage therapist, life coach, naturopath, counsellor and many others.

How long do you have to go to school to be a holistic doctor?

The amount of schooling you need will depend on the field that you want to enter. Some courses may take less than a year, while others may take a maximum of four years.

How do I get certified in holistic medicine?

First, you need to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree. Then you have to pass a licensure or certification exam to qualify as a holistic practitioner in your chosen field.

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