Massage schools will also offer specialties in massage classes that will allow you to focus on one or two different areas. You will have to take extra training beyond basic massage school which allows you to get your license to practice massage. The most popular are:
Animal Massage - offering training in dog massage, equine massage and every animal massage. You will have to see what the requirements are in your state for licensing animal massage therapists. Many require that you work under or with a veterinarian or may require that you be a licensed massage therapist also.
Sports Massage - offer training in doing sports massage which is massage that can be applied to athletes of all calibres - weekend warriors, professional athletes such as football, baseball and soccer teams, university level sports teams, high school level sports teams, junior league sports teams and many other sports as well. Golf, tack and field, bowling and even sports like curling can use a good massage therapist.
Medical Massage offer training in medical massage. Right now medical massage is quite controversial as many teachers or schools are claiming to teach something called medical massage. Medical massage is not a specific technique. There are many techniques that can be used to work with medical conditions. Deep tissue massage, triggerpoint massage, orthopedic massage are just a few types of medical massage.
Thai massage is also becoming more popular with the increase in demand for thai massage therapists. You can study abroad or take thai massage classes in the US. Find a Thai Massage .
Hot Stone Massage is using just that - hot stones applied to the body for therapeutic uses. It is most popular at spas and resorts. You can learn hot stone massage after going to regular massage school or on the job.
Pregnancy massage is also quite popular as it relieves some of the common aches and pains that go along with being pregnant. It is necessary to know the various stages of massage and how to work with a pregnant woman on the table.
Bowen Therapy is also gaining in popularity. You can read more on Bowen therapy and find a training program in the massage schools directory.
Online Massage Schools are still not really available. There are some schools who are implementing some online content for learning anatomy and physiology. Massage is still best learned in a hands on environment.
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