What types of massage and bodywork should I get training in?

 

It is recommended that anyone considering massage school  should get massages from a variety of practitioners and in a variety of styles so that they can better understand the range of modalities available and which ones are most attractive to them. When choosing a online massage school, you will need to consider which massage styles are emphasized most at that school. Swedish massage is the “bread and butter” of the massage business, in that it is most in demand at massage franchises and in spas. However, there are many other types of massage that are growing in popularity or that have fruitful niche markets.

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Deep tissue massage is one popular technique for addressing injuries and areas of muscle tightness. If you are interested in deep tissue work, and in working with people experiencing chronic pain, consider additional training in myofascial release and trigger point therapy. If Asian bodywork forms are of interest, shiatsu and Thai massage are popular and profitable specialties you can pursue training in. Those seeking to work closely with other medical professionals and to treat medical conditions can seek supplemental education in medical massage. Hot stone massage is in demand at many spas and franchises right now, so informal or formal training in this technique will likely be useful.

 

Massage classes with specific populations are very useful, so take advantage of courses offered in massage with HIV or cancer patients, pregnant women or geriatrics. Geriatric massage therapy is a growing field because of the large number of aging Baby Boomers.

 

Other forms of bodywork and movement therapies can be useful to the massage practitioner who is trying to diversify their practice and improve their marketability. These include craniosacral therapy, Trager approach, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, yoga, acupuncture, Rolfing, reflexology and Bowen technique. Expanding your training and getting specialized expertise in a specific form of bodywork can be very helpful in building your massage practice.