These days, continuing education classes seem to come in all shapes and sizes. Much like the members of the massage and bodywork profession, the realm of continuing education is quite diverse. This means selecting a continuing education class can be a bit challenging; however, it also means that the determined touch therapist should be able to find a continuing education experience that best suits his or her needs.
Due to the fact that so many states and regions currently regulate the field of massage therapy, a large number of practitioners are required to take continuing education courses. This is because many massage governing boards will not allow massage therapists or bodyworkers to renew their certifications without showing proof they have earned a set number of continuing education credits.
In one sense, it can be considered good that so many practitioners are being encouraged and even required to keep growing and expanding their knowledge through continuing education courses on a regular basis. On the other hand, the need to rack up a specific number of continuing education units can sometimes lead to a fast-and-furious mentality.
In other words, massage therapists and bodyworkers who are required to earn a certain number of continuing education units may end up taking on an attitude that leans more toward “get it over with” or “hurry up and meet the deadline for renewal” than “get the best education experience I can find.” When this rushed mindset takes over, practitioners may be less inclined to seek out high-quality continuing education classes and more inclined to find courses that can be completed as fast as possible.
Whether or not you happen to live in a state or region where massage therapy is regulated and continuing education credits are required, it is crucial to seek out classes that can provide you with a high-quality education experience. You want to invest your time in money in a course that will help you to grow your knowledge and skill set, whether in the realm of actual touch techniques or in a more mental arena, such as marketing or accounting.
While it may be tempting to sign up for a continuing education class that looks fast, cheap and easy, this sort of thinking does not serve practitioners in the long run. If possible, look at each continuing education class as an opportunity to build on your expertise, move your career forward and earn more income. A quality continuing education class may take more time and effort to complete, but the return on your investment should also be quite a bit larger.
Besides doing your homework to make sure a continuing education class is top quality, another important factor will be honing in on the course topic that will best meet the current needs of you and your practice. To do so, hone in on areas where you feel a bit weak or ill equipped, then see if you can find a continuing education class to boost your skill set on that specific topic.