Massage Therapy FAQ

1. What is a Massage Therapist and what does one do?

A Massage Therapist is a licensed professional who treats clients by using touch to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Massage Therapists relieve pain, help with injury rehabilitation, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in general wellness.

2. Where does a Massage Therapist work?

There are many settings in which a Massage Therapist can work. Some work in private offices, spas, hospitals, chiropractic offices, fitness centers, and even out of their own homes. Massage therapy has become so widely accepted that the possibilities are endless.

3. What is the Employment outlook for Massage Therapists?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, “Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.”

4. How long is the typical training to become a Massage Therapist?

The state of Ohio requires a minimum of 750 clock hours in order to become licensed. At Beckfield College, our program is 48 weeks in length with 900 clock hours. Due to the higher number of clock hours, once completed, you will be able to apply for licensure in nearly every state.

5. Are there any certifications or licensures needed to work in this field?

In order to work in this field you will need to become licensed in the state in which you choose to work. Most states, including Ohio, require the applicant to pass the MBLEx Exam. Once that is complete, an application is submitted to the state for approval to practice.

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