Whether you’re limited by location, constrained by a busy schedule or simply on a super tight budget, there are times when the Internet proves more than convenient. In the case of continuing education classes for massage therapists and bodyworkers, the option to enroll and attend online can sometimes be a career saver.

Most professionals in the field of massage therapy are required to take a certain number of continuing education hours in order to renew their licenses to practice legally in a given state or town. For these folks, keeping current on continuing education is crucial to keeping a daily massage business up and running.

Even for those bodyworkers who live and work in one of the few locations where massage therapy is not regulated by the state or town, continuing education can be a great boon to one’s business and a wonderful way to stay fresh in the field.

Whether you are considering continuing education to renew your massage license, to refresh your daily practice or both, it’s wise to weigh the option of enrolling and attending these courses online.

Taking continuing education classes via the Internet is an especially great option for those bodyworkers who live in rural areas, where the nearest approved on-site class could be a day or two drive, or even a plane flight, away.

Attending online courses also is highly convenient for those massage therapists whose schedules are so busy that it’s tough to find time for a traditional class. With continuing education via the Internet, it’s often possible to “attend” the class whenever it suits your schedule, from the comfort of your home or office.

Another big reason to consider enrolling in online continuing education classes is these courses typically cost less than on-site continuing education. Not only do you save money on the gas you would need to commute to a brick-and-mortar class space, but you might also save on airfare, hotel and meal costs.

Before you secure a space in an online continuing education class, first make sure the course is approved by the board that regulates massage in your area. In addition, you will need regular access to a computer and a fairly speedy Internet connection.

With these details in place, you will be ready to begin a journey into online education. As you choose which class to take, be sure to think about your own learning style and goals. For example, it often is noted that in the realm of massage and bodywork, many students learn best in a hands-on environment.

However, if you are enrolling in a course, such as marketing for massage therapists or a refresher on ethics, then the Internet may be a perfectly fine venue for your continuing education.

In addition, look into whether the class is one you will be required to attend at a specific time each week or if you can log on and “attend” class at whatever time suits your schedule.

—Brandi Schlossberg

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