You have chosen a great Seattle massage school with a quality program. You are committing a significant amount of time, money and effort to carve out your future. So how do you get the most out of your time in massage school?
Establish goals upfront. Massage school isn’t all that different from any other type of school, you get back what you put into it. It is wonderful to immerse yourself in the experience and be open to whatever directions it takes you in, however, you should think about what you want out of the experience before you begin. By establishing goals, you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible, and you can stay focused even when you encounter challenges.
Cultivate the behaviors and attitudes that will lead you to success both as a student and as a professional massage therapist. A career in massage is about lifelong learning and we are all teachers and students throughout our careers. Be willing to learn from everyone around you and keep an open mind to new ideas and modalities. Because the work we do is so hands on, much of your education is hands on and paying attention to constructive feedback is key.
View and treat you instructors as a valuable resource. Most massage teachers love the work they do and are a wellspring of information to make your transition to a professional massage therapist easier. Be an active learner, ask questions and participate.
Your fellow students are a valuable resource. You can learn a great deal from other students: new perspectives, different ideas on how to learn and study and tips and techniques that will make you a better therapist. In the local Seattle community, you can build lasting professional and networking relationships that will endure throughout your career.
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