If you want to pursue a career in complementary therapy the first step is to find the right course. Apart from costs and location that may be limiting factors the main considerations should be:
Training Staff - Make sure that the staff who'll be teaching you have at least three to five years clinical experience and ideally, though not essential, teaching qualifications. Teaching is a skill in itself.
Student Numbers - Smaller classes are better. Make sure that there won't be more than 12 students to a teacher.
Breadth of Knowledge - Find out what is covered in each module, for example how many different types of massage are covered. Anatomy and physiology needs to cover the skin, the skeletal/muscular system, the respiratory system, the nervous and endocrine systems as well as many common disorders of these systems.
Supervised Practice - Look at opportunities for supervised clinical experience - how much practice will you get?
Assessment - Some people are better with coursework; others prefer a written exam. Make sure the balance is the most appropriate for you.
Visit the college - talk to students and try to sit in on a class before signing up for any course.
Check out our Schools and Colleges page and our Directory listings for colleges and courses which may be of interest to you.
Massage Therapy UK is not a massage therapy association or professional body so we are not qualified to advise on specific colleges or training courses. Our service is to provide general information and contact details. For specific information either contact the school / college directly or contact a relevant professional association for information such as training standards.