Choosing a Massage School

Within most major cities in Australia there are a number of massage schools providing a range of courses and educational qualifications. Deciding which massage training you should choose is little different to choosing any other learning establishment. The most important factor is what you want to achieve with your qualifications. Do you want to concentrate on remedial or sports massage, is relaxation massage more your thing or do you have a particular leaning towards pregnancy massage for example?

massage schools

Once you have screened the local schools to see if they offer courses that you are interested in, then you can begin to investigate further. Schools should be able to provide brochures and information packs that will be a useful resource. This resource should help you screen massage schools for class times that are compatible with your lifestyle and whether the massage course costs are within your price range.

Of particular relevance within Australia is checking whether the courses are accredited with professional organisations such as ATMS or ARM so that you will be able to offer health fund rebates to your clients for remedial massage. Individual health funds have individual requirements and it is worth checking whether your qualifications would be suitable for the major health funds, in particular Medibank Private, MBF, HCF and NIB.

Once you have decided on a short list of massage schools then the next step is probably to make a visit to check out facilities such as classrooms. Most massage schools offer a student massage clinic and paying for one of these student massages is a great way to get a first hand feel for the quality of the school, the quality of the teachers and the quality of the graduates.

In order to be successful as a massage requires good massage skills but almost as important is being equipped with business skills. Check out the attention paid to building your massage business and marketing skills. In addition ask the school to provide information about how successful they are at producing employable graduates - how successful are they in providing good jobs for therapists?

The more information that you obtain and the more questions that you ask, then the better equipped you will be to make the right decision regarding your first massage school. However, as a personal comment, I would offer that becoming a massage therapist is a lifetime journey, choosing the right massage school to begin with may not be as critical to the end result as your massage education and knowledge should be constantly increasing. The massage school is only the first step in providing you with the necessary formal qualifications to practice; your education should never finish.

Australian Massage Schools
Please note that the below list is not a complete list of massage schools in Australia nor is it an endorsement of the listed educational establishments.

Australasian College of Natural Therapies
57-61 Foveaux St, Surry Hills 2010
Ph: 02 9211 7744 Fax: 02 9281 4411

Nature Care College
79 Lithgow St, St. Leonards NSW 2065
Ph: 02 9438 3333 Fax: 02 9436 0503

NSW School of Massage
5th Floor, 303 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 0) 9283 2588 Fax: 02 9264 8169

Q Academy Remedial & Massage Therapies
Ph: 1300 20 40 80

Q Academy Remedial & Massage Therapies
Ph: 1300 20 40 80

Ph: 1300 20 40 80

Brisbane Holistic Health Centre
Level 1, 199 Elizableth Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph 07 3229 5820

Australian Institute of Massage
405 Church Street (near Swan St)
Richmond Hill VIC 3121
Ph: 03 9428 6666
233 Glenhuntly Road
Elsternwick VIC 3185
Ph: 03 9532 4884

Australian School of Therapeutic Massage
333 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield VIC 3078
Ph: 03 9489 1330 Fax: 039481 2792

Copeland College of Massage Therapy
PO Box 2003, Caulfield Junction VIC 3161
Ph: 03 9532 8144 Fax: 03 9532 8362

Touch of Health School of Massage
2 Lance Close, Aspendale VIC 3195
Ph: 03 9580 2767 Fax: 03 9580 2767

Natural Health Academy of Australia
Ph: 1800 101 105
Postal: Natural Health Academy of Australia
3rd Floor, 47 South Terrace,
Australian Institute of Massage - Royal Park
1202 Old Port Road, Royal Park SA 5014
phone: 1300 669 669

Paramount College
Ph: 1300 628 633
11/15 Bonner Drive
Perth WA 6090

Australasian Academy of Wellness Therapies
Suite 13-16, South Gate
87 Canning Highway
South Perth WA

Australian College of Natural Health Science
170 Wellington Street, East Perth WA 6004
Ph: 08 9325 9399 Fax: 08 9421 1138

Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine
PO Box 3079, Jandakot WA 6164
Ph: 08 9417 3553 Fax: 08 9417 1881

Australian Institute of Massage
Mercantile Lane, 177a St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
phone: 1300 669 669

By Richard Lane

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