If you are just starting your search for a quality massage training program, you probably are a bit confused and wary. Which schools offer the best education for your hard-earned money. When looking into these schools, you might want to consider some of the questions below.
Is the school an established institution?
New massage schools pop up all the time. More often than not, these schools fail to understand massage education and the needs of students seeking such an education. Unfortunately, these schools rarely survive the first couple years in business.
When visiting a school, ask about the school's history; inquire about class sizes and the school's overall population. How many years has the school been around? Ask to speak to a graduate of the school. Ask to speak to a current student.
Ask to visit the school during regular school hours to get a sense of what is happening (or not happening) in the classroom.
Answers like "we plan to start a class as soon as we get enough students" are red flags.
Building a successful school takes time and dedication. ITMS has been around since 1994 and has a solid reputation among spa owners and therapists alike as the leading massage training facility in the metro area.
Does the school's curriculum meet the state requirements for certified therapists?
Some schools offer a "study at home" component to their training program. This may seem an inviting way to get an education; but, the Indiana Massage Board requires graduates to have at least 500 hours of supervised, classroom instruction. Students graduating from a school offering less than the requirements may find themselves with an education inadequate to qualify for state certification.
What's a fair price for my education?
This is a good question and there is no "right" answer. Schools are also businesses and they adjust their tuition to take into consideration all the expenses associated with operational costs.
You will discover schools which have tuition fees twice what ITMS offers, and you will find schools which appear to be a better bargain (until you look deeper into the program).
ITMS has set a tuition rate that we consider to be quite reasonable. Our tuition allows us to meet our operational costs while at the same time providing reasonable monthly tuition plans to our students. By operating efficently, ITMS brings value to its quality massage training program.