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Benefits of Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist

Did you know that most states currently regulate massage and several others are moving toward statewide regulation/licensing? Most states, including Pennsylvania, require a minimum number of hours of training, passing an exam to demonstrate competency, and continuing education to practice.

The Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks is a licensed school of massage therapy. We are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. Licensing of a school or program ensures the education provided meets an accepted level of quality training.

Licensed massage therapists are often employed by a variety of businesses including, but not limited to: massage offices, home offices, physician offices, medical clinics, franchises, hospitals and wellness centers, chiropractic offices, nursing homes, hospices, health clubs and fitness centers, sports teams (both amateur and professional), hotels, spas and resorts, salons and even on cruise ships.

National certifications are also available for trained massage therapists. Certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an indication that a massage therapist has attained a particular professional credential. Regulatory bodies in many states accept a passing grade on the National Certification Exam (NCE) as a minimal requirement before a massage therapist is allowed to legally practice. In other states, it provides massage therapists with a credential beyond the entry level exam required to practice.

After graduating from a licensed school of massage therapy, it may also be beneficial to join a professional association like the American Massage Therapy Association. Its mission is to serve its members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. Membership in a professional massage therapy association can help graduates to network, find employment, and advance their careers.
Pursuing a career in massage therapy often involves three steps:

1. Complete a training program at a massage therapy school that will qualify you to practice in the location you choose, like The Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks.
2. Upon graduation, meet the requirements of your state or municipality, such as obtaining a license or other credential. This will most likely require passing an exam, the most common being the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam or an exam administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
3. Become nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Certification is required in
many states and in others provides massage therapists with a credential beyond the entry-level exam required to practice.

Acquiring your license as a massage therapist is vital in securing employment. Licensure also helps to ensure that you have been properly educated and have performed a minimum number of hours in the massage therapy field of practice. This demonstrates that you have a thorough understanding of massage techniques in order to best help your clients.

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