How Qualified is My LMT?

A: If he or she is a licensed massage therapist at Mettler—perhaps more than you realize!

Massage therapy has long been a legitimate and educated profession, and the standards continue to rise. More and more medical professionals see the value in massage therapy for anything from injury recovery to reducing anxiety and depression.  Individuals are increasing taking their health into their own hands as well, utilizing massage and other body therapies to manage chronic pain or tension, injuries, and stress as well as prevent future injuries and illnesses. Many people are finding that adding massage to their lifestyle helps keep them out of doctor offices and incurring hefty medical bills.

So, what does the education of a licensed massage therapist look like? Here is a general layout of a typical curriculum at an accredited massage therapy school:

  • Introduction to Massage Therapy
  • Structure and Function of the Body
  • Pathology
  • Kinesiology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Injury Prevention and Healing
  • Business Management
  • Special populations
  • Aromatherapy
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Spa Services
  • Clinical Practicum

In Illinois, the minimum contact hours for licensure is 500; but many schools require upwards of 700, 100 of that being student clinic hours. Illinois licensing also requires taking a national certification exam, as well as completing at least 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years, and half of those must be hands on. Many schools have the option of advanced study to achieve an Associate degree of Applied Science.

As you can see, becoming a licensed massage therapist requires dedication to continuous learning and a passion for helping others. It is hard work, but the rewards of improving the quality of our client’s lives make it all worth it!

Learn more about massage therapy at Mettler Center.

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