When it comes to rewarding careers, massage therapists are high on the list. Not only do you make a living out of relieving peoples’ stress and helping to heal their sore muscles and tendons, but frequently you can act as your own boss, make your own schedule, and still be well rewarded for your work.
Finding the right massage therapy school to hone your craft can be a bit daunting – there are a lot of schools to choose from, and you don’t want to make the wrong choice. Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy has a few truly special things that make it a great and rewarding place to learn the ins and outs of massage therapy.
British Columbia is one of only three provinces in Canada where massage therapy is a regulated profession, meaning that you’re able to write your board exams and become certified by the College of Massage Therapy, enabling you to practice in any province without writing another exam (other than jurisprudence).
With the on-site clinic facility at OVCMT, you are able to practice your techniques on real life clients, while being guided by supervisors who are experts in their field. As well as the practical knowledge you’ll gain, you’ll also be educated on business processes such as booking clients, billing, file management and keeping records, which will be absolutely essential if you plan to open your own practice. You will also learn an exceptionally diverse array of techniques and experiences – from neuromuscular therapy, joint mobilization, and therapeutic exercise to sports massage, geriatric and maternity massage. At OVCMT you’ll receive a wealth of excellent real-life experience well before you graduate, meaning you’ll be in a rewarding career faster. All of these benefits plus the lowest tuition in B.C. for a college of this kind.
If you’re looking to take your education further, graduates are eligible to receive more than half the credits needed for their Bachelor of Health Science degree through Thompson Rivers University’s Open Learning program. The remaining credits for your degree can then be completed through distance learning while you’re practicing as a full time registered massage therapist.
Nestled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the town of Vernon, British Columbia, OVCMT is surrounded by some of the most incredibly beautiful landscapes this country has to offer. OVCMT’s campus is smack in the heart of downtown, and is exceptionally close to amazing shopping, beautiful cafes and a plethora of great housing options.
You’re just a stone’s throw away from crystal clear lakes, sandy beaches, luscious green golf courses and all the skiing you can shake a ski pole at. Because of the relatively small size of Vernon, any student accommodation you find is going to be within walking or easy driving distance, with great bus options as well. Not only is there a wealth of things to enjoy, but you’ll also get 4-5 weeks of holiday time at OVCMT, meaning you’ll actually get to soak it all in.
So if you’re thinking that massage therapy might be for you, OVCMT is a college with exceptional instructors, an excellent reputation and a wealth of amazing adventures you can embark on.