As a massage therapist, I can tell you that going through massage school was pretty difficult. That’s not to say it wasn’t fun, but there was a lot of work involved, especially when it came to the book portions of our studies.
Anatomy and physiology can be challenging to many on a good day. Add an advanced level of muscle theory to the mix and things can quickly turn absolutely horrifying. I took comfort in a statement one of my own teachers made, claiming that massage therapists ultimately end up knowing more about the functions of each muscle than the average doctor. To this day, I believe that to be true.
Talk to Fellow Students
So you’re having a little bit of trouble keeping up? I’d bet money you’re not the only one. Start by talking to some of your other classmates. Forming study groups is a great way to not only get to know each other better but to help each other along. One person may have a better grasp on a particular concept than others and each person can use his strengths to help the rest of the group.
Keep an eye out for the class know-it-all, too. Some people naturally grasp every concept they get and have a way with words. There was a guy in my massage class who seemed to understand everything and sometimes had better, more natural ways of explaining them than the instructor did. That’s not to say I didn’t have a great instructor. Some people are just better at conveying the more difficult concepts. Who in your class seems to be having a really easy time? Ask for help or tutoring.
Talk to Your Teacher
Definitely find some time to talk to your massage instructor as well. Perhaps hearing the concepts explained in a one-on-one setting, without the rush or conversation from other students, will help you to form a clearer picture of what is going on. If one-on-one time isn’t enough, ask the instructor if your school offers extra tutoring. Many massage schools, because of their strict requirements regarding the number of hours of training, offer special make-up class times where instructors can help students get caught up. You may be able to join one of these groups. Working with other teachers and students may help.
Last but not least, consider hiring an outside tutor to help. Anatomy and physiology are common sticking points for many students, so finding a tutor capable of helping with these areas shouldn’t be too tough. Just make sure the locality is relevant. New York City tutors may not be able to help you prepare for a NJ exam, since the regulations are slightly different. Make sure the tutor understands the level of education you’re working at, compare rates, and choose someone local enough to help you out.
Don’t give up because you’re struggling with a single concept. A little bit of extra help can go a long way in ensuring you’re able to build a strong, professional career.