massage therapy course

  1. The community college here offers a massage therapy course with certification. Would this be a good addition to an RN degree or not? Some people seem to think it would be a benefit. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   nightingale
    I took a minicourse (offered through a local massage school without college credit). I am an RN. I find it invaluable but to be honest, I rarely get a chance to use it on patients.. but.. when I do it is invaluable. It helps you to be more intune to meeting cdomfort needs etc. Sometimes, even just a mini neck massage can make a patients day.. for that alone it is worthwhile...

    MHO.. it is ALL worthwhile...

    Go with your gut and follow your dreams...

  4. by   Mkue
    I think it would be great to take that course. There is one available about 40 min. from where I live and evening classes too. I think it's around 300 or so hours total, does that sound right?

    A non-nursing person that I know just took it and she is working out of her home. She is certified for adults, pediatrics.. etc..
  5. by   emily_mom
    I would love for someone else to take this course and then offer free ones to me (practice, you know!)

  6. by   cpgrn
    I really don't know how many hours it is. It's new at the college. I think it also involves a state license in Illinois. Some people are making $50 an hour to do this. My step mom has a person come into her home with a table and do a massage once a week. I'm sure she pays dearly (She's in Pa summers and FLA winters.)
  7. by   Lausana
    Phoebe! Phoebe! ...yes I watch too much tv.

    Sounds cool! I for one will happily volunteer myself for your learning....well you know what I mean
  8. by   Mkue
    Yes, we just purchased a gift certificate for MIL and it was 45.00/hour. She has a license.
  9. by   PennyLane
    It sounds neat, but I've heard the courses are very hard. I had a massage a few weeks ago, and the woman was a former nursing student. She said the exam to be a certified masseuse was the hardest test she's ever taken.
  10. by   Mkue
    I've also heard the licensing exam is very hard MelD.. seems like one would need very indepth A&P.
  11. by   nightingale
    If it were easy then anyone and everyone would do it.

    Check with your local licensing and see if you have to be a LMT (licensed massage therapist) etc. It really depends on what you want to do with it.

    The former community I lived in (Albuquerque) there were oodles of schools and oodles of LMT's and businesses.

    If you want to do this as your business, come and visit us here on the Nurse Entrepreneur Forum to chat further, or if you just want to do it here and there for family/friends and patients as an adjunct to patient care that is something totally different.

    IMHO.. one of the beauties of nursing are the limitless possiblilities.
    Last edit by nightingale on Feb 7, '03
  12. by   debyan
    I have a friend who has been doing this from her home for years.It has allowed her to be a work at home mom. She loves it she was taught in Virginia but moved to Ohio and works with references from the physical therapy dept from a hospital nearby. I also took care of another womans son, who had lost her husband and she took this up to have more time at home with her daughter, 3 yrs old at the time,and be able to see after the care of her son. She started out working from home, but I believe she ended up working part time outside the home to keep up her bills. Very loving woman her son had been born outside the country in S. America, while pregnant she was around some sort of insecticide where she and her husband were working and the child was effected. Born without and eyes and muliple other diabilities such a beatiful child looked like an angel. There I go rambling anyway I offer any help you need with your homework if you decide to take this on I hear it's not easy and if you need (knead) to practice over and over again I won't mind. deb
  13. by   Mkue
    Thanks Nightengale !

    cpgrn- thanks for starting this thread

    Deb- great post, I might "knead" to check into this area.