If you’re interested in becoming an expert RMT, the road ahead will be challenging but worthwhile. The team at CCMH/WCCMT has helped thousands of students achieve their goals and get to work as a RMT in Canada. Here is a checklist of everything you need to do to become a Registered Massage Therapist!
Get your finances in order
Most Massage Therapy programs in Canada can cost between $15,000 and $35,000, not including books and supplies. If you’re serious about learning Massage Therapy and becoming a RMT, you will need to save enough money to cover your tuition, or apply for a scholarship or loan. Ask us if you have questions!
Start with the right program
You need a great education to be a RMT, and you’ll need to commit to the program you choose wholeheartedly in order to succeed. One of our alum from WCCMT New Westminster, Kevin Breiter, summed this sentiment up well in a recent interview:
You can’t fake knowledge in your practice. Everyday you have to keep the pedal down on studying and embrace lifelong learning. Otherwise it’s all a “poke and hope” event and no one within the Canadian health profession will respect that therapeutic intent.
Start by looking for the program that suits you. If Massage Therapy will be your second career, you may not be able to study full time for two years. Luckily for you, schools like CCMH offer accelerated programs for students who work or lead busy lives. The program lets you fast track your way through your RMT education, but be warned – faster does not equal easier. This route may be more challenging as you will need to master the same material in less time.
Balance is key for successful students
Balance seems to be the key to everything, doesn’t it? While you may be motivated to throw yourself wholeheartedly into your studies, you may be more wise to take a measured approach to your studies that allows you to enjoy a better work-life balance. Pauline, a CCMH student and mother, had this to say on the matter:
Make sure you can study at least one hour a day. As a mother, I’ve learned how to manage my time really well. Some people may study five times as much as I was able to. The truth is, you can’t let school take over your life. They teach us in school that the burnout rate can be three years, if you don’t take care of yourself and find balance…Balance is key, and I plan on carrying that through into my practice.
This balanced approach will serve you in school and in your practice because studying or working long hours every day is not sustainable. Before you fall into the habit of cramming and pulling all-nighters, make a study plan for yourself. Make sure you reserve a study time each week, and commit to the time you’ve set aside. Be sure to also plan for time to decompress and rest.
Get hands-on experience
One of the benefits of studying at a school like WCCMT or CCMH is that you get hands on training. This is key for anyone hoping to become a RMT because the more you practice, the better you’ll be. CCMH offers hands-on training through its clinic program. Students learn Massage techniques and learn how to work in a clinic setting – skills and experience that will undoubtedly serve them well in their career. “The clinic program is set up as close to a real-life clinic as possible,” says Filippo Perzia, Clinic Supervisor at CCMH Toronto campus. In fact, the clinic accepts real patients, giving students the opportunity to work while they study. Jean Francois Grenier, a CCMH student, loves the clinic program:
The student clinic, where we got to practice our Massage techniques on members of the public, is supervised by an amazing team of RMTs that would always be there to help, teach, but also challenge you. They make you push yourself and build your confidence!
If your Massage Therapy program doesn’t offer hands-on training, you may not be getting the education you need to succeed in the field. An expert in Massage Therapy must have the physical skills to match their knowledge. If you do not gain hands-on experience while studying, you will likely have to intern in a clinic in order to advance to your first role as an RMT.
We hope these tips for learning and becoming an expert RMT will put you on the path to success! If you live in Canada, consider taking a tour of one of our five campuses across the country.
At CCMH/WCCMT we are here to help our students reach their full potential and even if you haven’t visited our campus, we can give you many reasons why you should. We will work with you to give you the education, tools and experience you need to become great at Massage Therapy.