5 Key Things You Need to Consider When Choosing to Study Remedial Massage
You’re considering a career as a Remedial Massage Therapist because you want to help others. No matter what niche you decide to work in:
- Injury management
- Allied Health
- Health and Wellbeing
You’re main objective will be that you want to improve people’s quality of life. You probably have questions about where you should study for the best outcome and what you can expect from enrolling in a Diploma of Remedial Massage?
1. What should I look for when choosing a training academy?
There are many training academies that offer training in Massage and Remedial Massage. You will want to choose an academy that is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO delivers nationally accredited courses that give you a nationally recognised qualification. To become a professional in the Remedial Massage industry you will need this qualification to gain membership with Australian Massage Associations and receive your provider numbers to offer your clients Health Fund Rebates.
You’ll also want to consider the following:
- How long has the RTO been around? If they have been training for a number of years you can trust that you will get a really good education.
- Who are the trainers? What experience do they have? How long have they been in the industry? Are they currently working in the industry?
- What does the training academy provide for your learning journey and what will you have to provide. Watch for hidden costs!
- Are graduates of the training provider employed in the industry?
2. What Kind of Commitment Will you Need to Make to Your Study?
A Diploma of Remedial Massage runs for 12 months on a full-time basis. You will be learning complex theory in anatomy and physiology, functionality and functional assessment. You will also dive into the psychology of pain and stress, injury prevention and management and a really good course in Remedial Massage will also include a business component which is important in getting you started in your career. You can expect to be studying 25+ hours a week on top of your face-to-face training and you must complete a nominated amount of supervised clinical hours to really enhance your clinical and practical skills. You will be working with people’s bodies, a course that offers you lots of hands on experience backs that up with expert science-based training in the theory of how the body works and gives you access to industry experts will set you up for success.
3. Decide on Your Short and Long-Term Goals
A career in Remedial Massage is very rewarding. It also opens doorways to other pathways in the Health Industry. Remedial Massage is a rapidly growing industry and has been recently added to the Skills Shortage List in Australia. You will become a life-long learner as you keep yourself up-to-date with the latest research in health. You may also decide long-term to take your career to the next level. A Diploma of Remedial Massage is a recognised pathway to:
- Exercise Science
- Occupational Therapy
- Health Science
and complements careers in:
- Personal Training
4. Commit to Your Own Health and Wellness
Looking after yourself is essential. Remedial Massage is a physically demanding career, you will want to commit to your own health, fitness and well-being. Be prepared to walk your talk! You won’t just be providing physical treatments for your clients, you will be educating them on how to optimise their health and creating treatment plans to improve their whole quality of life.
5. Getting Started after You’re Qualified
Whether you decide to work in an established clinic or set up your own business you will need;
- Association Membership
- Provider Numbers
Starting your own business whether mobile, home or clinic will require some set-up. The essentials you’ll need:
- Massage/Treatment Table
- Oils, balms, liniments
- Towels and disposable covers
- Client health and treatment records (secure storage)
- A booking system (there are some great online apps available)
- Tape, bolsters, resistance bands and hand-outs on aftercare and post-treatment exercise/homework.
- Skills in small business
A well-designed course will guide you into getting employed or becoming self-employed. It will give you an appreciation for the science behind remedial massage and give you the practical skills you really need to provide your clients with improvements to the way they function and their overall health. Look for a really well-rounded course that will help you enhance your strengths and find your niche but will also educate you on a holistic approach to treatment.
Interested in Studying Remedial Massage in Queensland?
If you’re ready to start your journey into the world of remedial massage, we’re here to help. Get in touch today and ask about our Diploma of Remedial Massage. For a nationally accredited program that gets you job-ready and offers pathways to higher education possibilities, contact Demi International today.