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March 19, 2019

Why In-Person Massage Courses are More Beneficial than Online

Are you considering a change in your career? Perhaps you’ve reached a point where you’ve grown bored with your office job, don’t see yourself there in five or even ten years, or maybe you just finally feel like you have the time to pursue your dream. Whatever it is, you’re here for a reason, and we’re here to help you get started. At San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork, we strive to create an environment for our students that is focused on learning, growth, and achieving mutual goals.

Because you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for a new career, you are likely looking into all of your options to complete your schooling. There are many basic massage courses offered online, and this might seem like the easiest way to achieve your goal. Though we understand the need to have a flexible school schedule, online classes are not going to be able to provide you with the real world experience that an in-person education can. The California Massage Therapy Council has stated that they

“will no longer accept distance learning or online hours for the first 500 hours of education as of December 5th, 2013.”

Unfortunately that means that though you can take online courses,they will not count toward your California massage certification…

SFSM is happy to work with our students’ schedules, and we understand the difficulty of balancing your normal work and home routine with classes. So that leaves the question:

Are In-Person Massage Therapy Courses Better?

This answer depends on your personal availability, determination to succeed, and learning style. SFSM advocates for hands-on training, because we believe the best way to learn is to watch and practice using your own two hands. The best way to become a master in your field is to gain that practice both in school and after. There are benefits to in-person training you just can’t get with online courses, such as:

  • Individualized attention – Whether you need help learning a specific technique or require further explanation, having an instructor in front of you who can provide real-time feedback will help you learn. Our teachers are dedicated to providing our students with diverse and personalized instruction, so you can rest assured you are learning from the best.
  • Group learning – By learning with a group of students, you learn better. You can watch others, work together, support one another, and pace yourself accordingly.
  • Environment – By coming to our campus and learning with us, you will be distraction-free and can better focus on your improvement. Additionally, many people learn better in a setting that focuses them. Being in the mindset and physically in the environment dedicated to Massage Therapy improves retention.
  • Practice – This one might seem obvious, but you can’t practice on anyone if you are alone learning on your computer. Though you might know the techniques, nothing beats actually performing your new skills on real life people.

The above are the main reasons that we advocate for in-person courses and because online courses do not prepare you to pass the state exam to become a licensed professional. Explore our Massage Therapy program and see if SFSM is right for you; we’ll be happy to figure out the best schedule for you and make sure your time with us is rewarding. We can’t wait to meet you!

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San Francisco, CA 94103
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