There are any number of reasons why someone may want to enrol in a massage school. It may be a general interest in helping family and friends though bodywork. Alternatively, you may be looking for your first vocational training after leaving school. Or you may be looking for a career change and have decided that the natural therapies industry is where you see yourself in the next few years.
Regardless of your reasons for wanting to study massage, the first question you will need to answer is where and what will I study?
There are a different view regarding what you need to consider before choosing a massage school. For simplicity these views can be split into:
(1) Choose the best school for you or
(2) Choose the most convenient school for you.
Those who support the first view will argue that the better the education you receive then the better the therapist you will be when you finish massage school and, hence, the more likely you will succeed when you begin your career as a massage therapist in Sydney or wherever in Australia you live. Why waste the opportunity to get a good education just to save a little time and/or money?
The supporters of the second view will argue that most massage schools are there to churn out students and the only factor that will have an impact of you succeeding in the massage industry is you. If you have the skills, the talent, the aptitude, the personality and the will to succeed then you will independent of where you study. Most quality education you will recieve either comes from your on the job skill development or specific courses with high quality tutors and massage leaders once you have qualified and have an understanding of where you belong in the massage industry.
If this is point of view is true, then the first massage school you choose should be the one that is most convenient and/or cheapest for you to qualify to the level that you want to.
There is no right or wrong regarding these viewpoint and much will depend on your personal circumstances. Most people will probably settle for a compromise and choose a massage school that they believe offers them the best education given their time and budget constraints.
Regardless of your view, it is worth taking the time checking out the schools in your area and finding out such things as:
– what modalities and modules do they offer?
– when are the classes held?
– how much are the classes?
– are their qualifications recognised by professional associations in Australia?
Most massage schools will offer open days where you can come in and find out specific answers to your questions. Another great way of getting a feel for the school is to book in for a student massage. You will be able to quiz the student therapist about how they feel about the school and also you will get first hand experience of the quality of the bodyworkers that are graduating.
If you are particularly time poor, then there are options for doing some study remotely (eg online modules) which can reduce your costs and the travel time required to complete your study.
Information about some massage schools in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth etc is included at http://www.innerwestmassage.com.au/massage-schools.php.