In recent years, through advances in technology, taking continuing education classes online has not only become quite possible, but also very popular. The increase in online continuing education classes for massage therapists and bodyworkers, as well as professionals in nearly every other industry, can be attributed to a couple different factors, such as the now widespread use of technology throughout our entire society and more sophisticated methods of delivering information online.

For starters, many more people now have access to computers and Internet connections now than in the past. This means the number of professional massage therapists and bodyworkers who have the option of taking continuing education courses online has increased by a massive amount. Therefore, it is no surprise that continuing education providers would want to tap into this method of course delivery.

The other driving force behind the rise in continuing education classes may be the fact that our technology continues to advance, allowing educators to offer high-quality, home-based courses. With the advent of streaming videos, interactive forums and other such technological tools, massage therapists and bodyworkers can receive a strong educational experience without leaving the comfort of their own home or office.

This brings up another important reason home-based continuing education has seen such a boom in popularity. Taking continuing education classes online is incredibly convenient for the students. There is no need to commute, either by car or by plane, to a receive one’s continuing education. This equates to savings of both money and time. The time-based convenience of online continuing education may also extend even further if the course allows students to “attend” it based on their own schedules.

One of the most important points to keep in mind if you are considering enrolling in a home-based continuing education course will be the quality of the class. With so many online classes now available, professional massage therapists and bodyworkers may have to do a bit of research to separate the high-quality courses from the ones that are more about providing cheap and easy continuing education credits.

While it may seem tempting to take a quick and inexpensive continuing education class in order to earn the credits you need to renew and maintain your license or certification, you may not be getting much quality for the money. Make sure the continuing education course you enroll in will provide you with knowledge and skills that will help you in your career as a massage therapist or bodyworker.

For example, if you are having trouble attracting new clients and creating a stable client base, then you might want to consider taking an online continuing education class that will teach you more about marketing your services. Do some homework on the provider of the continuing education class and learn as many details as possible about the course before you enroll. The key is to try to make sure you will leave the class with skills you can really put to use in your practice.