Even though modern technology often takes the blame for part of the reason human beings are missing out on the benefits of healthy touch, there are undeniable upsides to having access to so much information with the click of a mouse. For professional massage therapists and bodyworkers, one of these upsides is the fact many different types of continuing education classes can now be completed online.
Depending on the kind of continuing education class you choose to take via the Internet, you may be able to attend your class at whatever time suits you best, or at least have more flexibility in terms of your schedule. This can be a big benefit for massage therapists and bodyworkers who are busy juggling full practices along with other aspects of life, such as raising a family or finding time to spend with friends.
Another perk of online continuing education courses is these classes can be less expensive, so they may better suit practitioners who are on a tight budget. With access to a computer and an Internet connection, massage therapists and bodyworkers can have the chance to learn whole new skill sets or to advance their current knowledge about various work-related topics.
However, before you jump in and sign up for an online continuing education class, it is important to consider your learning style, as you want to make sure you will be able to reap the full rewards of your next continuing education course. For example, some massage therapists and bodyworkers may know from experience that they prefer to learn in person, especially when it comes to more tactile topics.
In this case, you may select an on-site continuing education course if you are looking to learn a new modality or improve and evolve your hands-on skills when it comes to a modality you may already be putting into practice. Fortunately, this does not mean that all online continuing education classes would be out of the question, as you may feel quite comfortable learning online when the topic is more mental than physical.
For instance, you might not want to take an online continuing education class on shiatsu if you already know you prefer to learn your hands-on skills in person; however, you might jump at the chance to take an online continuing education course on the topic of marketing your massage therapy or bodywork business, as this topic is much more oriented to the mind, rather than the body.
Sometimes, deciding the best method of continuing education for the topic at hand is simply a matter of trial and error. Therefore, you might decide to give an online continuing education class a shot, even if the subject of the course is a tactile one. This way, you can find out for sure whether you need to be taking such continuing education classes only in person, or if you may be able to reap the necessary benefits by taking the class online.