The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” In the case of massage therapy, it’s especially important to combine a sound understanding of academic theory with concrete practice under the supervision and mentorship of experienced registered massage therapists. As Aristotle predicted, practical training will help you retain knowledge better while gaining a deeper understanding of some of the most important concepts involved in massage therapy.
By using theory as the foundation, then real-life, hands-on practicum experience as the method to fully grasp the techniques described in theory, OVCMT’s two-year Massage Therapy Diploma program can teach students to:
One reason to stress the importance of proper, exhaustive, practical training is the number of different techniques that a massage therapist student must master throughout his or her diploma. Some of these include soft tissue manipulation, Swedish massage, hydro-therapy, stress reduction techniques, Neuro Muscular Therapy, trigger points, Joint mobilizations, Therapeutic Exercise and Manual lymphatic drainage.
When you’re ready, you’ll begin working on real-life clients in OVCMT’s on-site Student Massage Clinic. These opportunities will provide you with valuable learning experiences that will allow you to practice your skills and address the needs of a client.
Massage therapy can be physically demanding, as it can require prolonged standing and, of course, using your body to apply different techniques. Though this might seem challenging to you at first, you’ll notice that, through practice and support, you’ll increase your ability to practice massage in an ergonomically conscious manner. This ensures a long and healthy career.
Practical training, especially with real clients, will also allow you to develop the skills you’ll need to establish positive relationships with clients. Having good interpersonal skills will help you work with your client towards a common and realistic goal.
Lastly, practical massage therapy training will also get you in touch with the business side of things, such as client bookings and reception, records and file management, payment and more. You will even learn to operate the Student Massage Clinic’s on-site laundry service for clinic linens! Combine these skills with the business courses included in our Massage Therapy College's two-year Diploma program, which include small business operation, marketing strategies, developing a business plan, small business accounting and more, and you’ll be prepared to handle massage therapy practice as a business.