From finding a quiet study area to securing the right equipment and technology, there are specific steps professional massage therapists and bodyworkers can take to help ensure success when taking a home-based continuing education class. Before jumping in with both feet, take some time to get set up so that the experience goes smoothly.
First, you need to decide if you are going to find those classes that are going to fit in with your day-to-day routine or if you are going to tailor your schedule so that you can take a specific class.
Many of today’s home-based CE courses require high-speed Internet. Here, it becomes obvious that the practitioner without easy access to a fast Internet connection and a computer would need to take steps to remedy that situation before signing up for such a course. Whether that means purchasing the computer and securing Internet service or finding usable options outside the home or office, there are steps that would need to be taken to make that particular class an option.
While it is clear that possessing the necessary technology and equipment can be key to taking advantage of home-based continuing education, for the most part, this is not a problem. The vast majority of the population, including professional MTs, can easily access this equipment within the home and office.
Once all the necessary variables are sorted out, the next steps will be to carve out the time and place for “attending” the class. Although these courses do not require in-person attendance, a successful experience does require an investment of time and an environment that allows for focused concentration.
Massage therapists and bodyworkers would be wise to sit down with their schedule books — both for their practices and their personal lives — and find the best ways a home-based continuing education class could fit into their routines. All that’s left now is to find a quiet learning space, gather all the required learning materials and take advantage of all that home-based continuing education courses have to offer.