So, you’ve decided to enroll in massage therapy school. Congratulations! You are taking your first step toward a new career in a fast-growing field. But don’t make the mistake of thinking it will be easy—it will be challenging, but your hard work and dedication will pay off. Here are five tips that will help you achieve success as you embark on your new adventure.
Set aside regular time to study
You have a lot to learn, both in the classroom and in your practice sessions. As you dive into anatomy and physiology, pathology, and kinesiology, you will quickly discover that the human body is very complex. You will learn best if you set aside some time to study—every day if possible—rather than trying to cram it all in right before the exam.
Form a study group
For most people, peer learning is the single most effective way to learn. It is also a great way to stay motivated in your courses and to keep on your study schedule. Connect with others in your program and form a study group. You can help one another master difficult concepts, quiz each other on medical terminology, and even trade massages.
Practice as much as possible
The most important part of your training will come from practice, so do it as much as possible. As you practice, focus on your body mechanics, which refers to how you move your own body during massage. As you will learn in your courses, correct body mechanics is essential for helping massage therapists avoid injuries, such as those caused by repetitive movements.
Engage in self care
Going to school is always a challenge, especially if you have been out of school for a while. In addition to the mental challenge of learning and staying focused, massage therapy school is physically challenging as well. Practicing self care, including eating healthy foods, exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking a break when you need to, can help you hold up to all of the challenges you will face over the next several months and years. Fortunately, as a massage student, you will also be on the receiving end of numerous massages, which can help you deal with stress.
Keep focused on your goals
Having goals and staying focused on them will help pave your way to success. Practice setting both short-term goals, like acing your Swedish massage class, and long-term goals, like passing your certification exam. Write down your goals and post them somewhere you can see them. Review and revise them on a regular basis, for example, once a month or at the beginning of each term. And, of course, plan special treats for when you reach them.