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How to Choose the Right Massage Therapy School for Your Career Goals

Are you interested in pursuing a career in massage therapy but unsure where to begin? Choosing the right massage therapy school is a critical first step toward gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for success in this field. To help you make an informed decision, there are several factors to consider when researching massage therapy schools.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Massage Therapy School

Your Career Goals 

Are you looking to become an entrepreneur, work flexible hours and help people? Before choosing a massage therapy school, defining your career goals is essential. Knowing your goals will help you select a school (and curriculum) that aligns with your career aspirations.

Location, Cost and Program Length

Canada has many massage therapy schools to choose from, including several in Edmonton and Calgary. When researching schools, consider location, cost, and program length. Answering these questions will help you narrow your options and choose a school that meets your needs.


The requirements for becoming a certified massage therapist vary across Canada, depending on the province. In several provinces, it is required for a massage therapist to join a regulatory body, but this is not the case in Alberta. Consider the accreditations you’ll need for the place where you wish to work. 

Clinical Experience

Experience is a vital component of massage therapy training. Look for a massage therapy school that offers ample opportunities for practical training, such as internships, practicums, or clinical rotations. This will allow you to practice your skills under the supervision of experienced professionals, build your confidence, and gain valuable experience working with real clients.

Starting Your Own Business?

If you’re interested in starting your own massage therapy business, look for a school that offers business and marketing courses. These courses will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to run a successful massage therapy business, including marketing and financial management.


If you’re looking for flexibility in your education, consider a school that offers online or part-time courses. This allows you to balance your education with other commitments, such as work or family.

Read our Massage Therapy Program FAQs to see if MaKami’s program meets your needs.

Your Career as a Registered Massage Therapist 

A career in massage therapy can be both rewarding and lucrative. With the growing demand for alternative healthcare services, the job outlook for massage therapists is bright. As a registered massage therapist, you can work in various settings, including spas, wellness centers, hospitals, and sports teams. Attending a massage therapy school is an excellent way to start a successful career in this field. If you want to learn more about our massage therapy program, speak to a student advisor at MaKami College today!

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