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    I'm wanting to study massage therapy and I have found a national recognised college near me.
    The offer diplomas in Reflexology, Remedial, TCM Remedial and Shiatsu and Oriental Massage.

    I've got no idea which one I should do. I'm thinking TCM Remedial?

    Any massage therapists who could help

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    I'm also in the future looking at studying massage therapy.
    I have been advised that if you want to do a diploma, you need to complete certificate 4 first, then you're eligible to start the diploma. Don't quote me though.
    I have been searching online for colleges that I can do distance education theory and practical assessments with a local registered therapist.


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    Firstly, what is your career goal with massage? Working in a spa? Working with athlete's? Working out who you want to treat will help decide which modality you choose to specialise in.

    If you wish to offer Health Fund rebates you need to be a member of an industry association (ANTA, MAA, AAMA, AMA). Associations adhere to strict guidelines on recognised qualifications and the area you study in order to meet healthfund recognition requirements.

    Ring one of the associations and ask lots of questions to ensure you aren't spending thousands of on a qualification that isn't going to allow you to reach your full market.

    This industry requires continuous ongoing professional development (as with all health related professions) so you can always do a 'standard' diploma to start and study other modalities as part of your ongoing education.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I looked at the different websites you mentioned (which was very helpful) and it listed some colleges they recommend. And it also mentions you have to do hands on training at the college and not correspondence.

    I would like to do relaxation massages plus if someone comes in with problems I can help to. Pretty much an all rounder massage therapists.

    Im not sure on either remedial and traditional Chinese massage.

    I'm looking at AIAS college or Endeavour College both in brisbane.

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    If you want to be able to offer health fund rebates with all funds then stick with Diploma of RM. Unfortunately TCM isn't recognised by all funds as yet.

    Both colleges you mention are great ... I've studied at both. Go into both and get a feel for them. You will probably prefer one over the other. I completed my Diploma's a few years ago, but at that time AIAS incorporated alot more hands on training. I think it might be a bit more even now but best to go in and see what you think.

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    Thanks Rarygirl.

    Can I ask you what course you did?
    Are you massage therapist?

    I got children and my last is starting school next year so I'm thinking what to do.
    I've always wanted my own little business. That's my goal

    I'm thinking I prefer AIAS cause it's closer and I would avoid the city

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    Quote Originally Posted by onelasttime View Post
    Thanks Rarygirl.

    Can I ask you what course you did?
    Are you massage therapist?

    I got children and my last is starting school next year so I'm thinking what to do.
    I've always wanted my own little business. That's my goal

    I'm thinking I prefer AIAS cause it's closer and I would avoid the city
    I'm a Remedial Therapist (Diploma RM = Remedial Therapist, Cert IV RM = Massage Therapist and masseuse is a dirty word in the industry ... lol)

    I've completed a Dip in RM, Dip in TCM, Certificate in Pregnancy Massage, Advanced Dry Needing Techniques, Kineosology Taping, as well as countless other professional development courses that I don't really incorporate into my practice.

    I've worked for myself for over 9 years. I did have an 18 month stint working within a hospital rehab program when we relocated for my husbands work and was deciding if I wanted to set up for myself again. It was great experience, picked up alot of new skills, but I really missed working for myself so set up again.

    My business is built solely on word of mouth (best kind of advertising) and most weeks I'm working at capacity, I work around school pick up and drop off, but I also work 3 nights a week and Saturday's for those who work full-time.

    Great occupation, it is hard on your body and you have to be prepared for some sleezey types that expect 'happy endings' but I love my work.

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    Thanks for the info you've done a lot.
    I looked into endeavour college and aias and to do dip of remedial I need to complete the cert iv first.
    I'm a bit disappointed cause I was relying on the vets fee help cause we are a bit tight with cash ATM.
    But if I do the dip in TCM that's fully covered by the vets payment scheme.
    Not sure what to do.
    Basically I want to massage a person who comes in with a sore back etc.
    I've done relaxation massage as a part of my beauty certificate.
    I just want to take my massage skills to the next level.

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    Have a look at the cross credits. If you do the Dip of TCM what do you then need to complete to also complete the Dip RM. It may only be a few subjects and you could gain hands on prac working while finishing the last few subjects and have the double diploma.

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    Great idea. I will look at that

    Thanks for your help xx


 

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