Has the past year made you feel like it’s time for a career change? You’re not alone. A record number of people are looking for a new career in 2021.
This new trend is largely due to the way that COVID-19 has affected the job market. Many people have been forced to find a new career path simply because their old job has disappeared. For others, their time in lockdown made them reflect on their life and realise that they needed a more enjoyable and fulfilling career.
If you want to make a change, there are few careers as exciting as massage therapy. It is a rewarding career that involves helping others to improve their general health, boost their sporting performance, or recover from injuries. It also pays well and can provide you with plenty of opportunities for travel.
To help you learn more, this post will share some tips on how to compare the available massage courses in London. It will help you find a massage school in London which is best suited to your career goals.
Our Courses’ Director also shares a couple of career change ‘success stories’ from people who have completed their massage training in London at Richdales Institute.
Tips For Comparing Massage Courses In London
How much hands-on training do they provide?
Becoming a great massage therapist requires a combination of academic knowledge and hands-on skills. It is much easier to learn these skills if you are in a room with an experienced massage tutor.
When comparing massage courses, check how much of the curriculum is delivered in person and how much is independent or online learning. Courses that focus on hands-on learning tend to be better at teaching students the practical skills they need to work in the real world.
What subjects does the syllabus teach?
Before enrolling for massage training in London, take a closer look at the syllabus that each course provides. You may discover that some schools offer a more comprehensive syllabus than others. At Richdales Institute, our syllabus includes every subject you will need to practice massage therapy professionally, including:
- Basic anatomy and physiology
- General principles of soft tissue dysfunction
- Corrective and preventative massage therapy strategies
- Objective assessment and examination methods
- Treatment program development
- Techniques for treating sporting injuries and improving client recovery
- Techniques for building rapport with clients
Look at the reputation of the massage school
Reputation matters when it comes to choosing a massage school in London. When the school has a great reputation, it means that past students have been happy with the quality of the training they received and the skills of the teaching staff.
A good school will have plenty of positive reviews from students. They will also be happy to share testimonials and will even post them on their website. Do some research online or talk to some past students to see how well regarded each school is.
Check if you will receive an ITEC qualification
Some massage courses in London will provide graduates with a qualification approved by International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC). ITEC is an English-based therapy examination body that is registered with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). The benefit of receiving an ITEC qualification is that they are recognised in dozens of countries — making it easier to find employment overseas.
How much does it cost?
The final consideration to keep in mind when choosing a massage school is cost. Check that the fees are reasonable considering the level of training provided. Some schools may also have payment plans available, which allows you to spread the cost of your qualification over several months.
Career Change Success Stories
Stefania de Cara
In late 2014, Stefania de Cara was working full time in the music industry, organising concerts for the great opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Although she found the work fulfilling, it was extremely stressful. She was also spending long hours sitting in front of a computer, which began to negatively impact her back.
Stefania often found herself looking for ways to de-stress and reduce her back pain. She began to look into complementary medicine and became interested in massage therapy.
After a few months of independent learning, she decided to enrol with a massage school in London. She chose Richdales institute and started a massage therapy course in mid 2015. After graduating, she began to work as a massage therapist.
For Stefania, becoming a massage therapist was one of the best decisions of her life. She is now enjoying a rewarding career which is better for her physical and mental health.
Listen to Stefania share her story here.
Ramune Kaminskaite enjoyed her job working in a mail room, however, she did find it unfulfilling at times. She became interested in CrossFit a couple of years ago and began spending a lot of time working out.
As she learned more about physical fitness, she also became interested in massage. Eventually, Ramune realised that she might be able to start a new career as a massage therapist.
After comparing various massage schools in London, she chose to study for an ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage at Richdales. After graduating, she has become a successful massage therapist.
Listen to Ramune share her story here.
Contact Our Massage School In London
If you are looking for a rewarding career as a massage therapist and unsure what course or training school is right for you, contact us and we will help guide you to course that’s right for you.
To learn more about massage training in London, give Richdales Institute a call on 020 8900 9005.