business, ethics, hygiene, regulations, insurance, liability, taxes….
while many people build a practice with minimal understanding of massage regulations, business sense or anatomy and physiology, those days are numbered. by the time I have explained the acronyms CAMTC, CMT, CMP, ABMP, AMTA, MBOK, IMSAC, NCE, MBLEx, FSMTB, BPPE, STRF…..
our allotted time has ended.
as i begin the process of revising the curriculum within the well established programs, i find myself spinning around the constant and predictable feedback from students. prior to enrollment, most people show interest in many modalities, hands on skills and technique. great, that is why we are here. well, one of the reasons. we are also very committed to providing people with the essential knowledge of building a practice, navigating the industries regulatory bodies, and the anatomy and pathology that is required to allow safe practice.
inevitably the story is different after the classes. students feel the a&p should be required before the hands on and that more time for business would allow for a better foundation in how to get started.
after teaching a basic business class this past weekend, it was the same, the felt like it was half of what we needed. yet, when scheduled in as a longer course, people balk at the idea of signing up for a course that is not ‘teaching massage’. business and anatomy and regulations are a part of massage. they are becoming even more relevant as the CAMTC takes hold and more of the public gets informed, and misinformed, about what the field has to offer and how to go about being a part of it.
beginning in 2011, we will be adding more a&p, business and rich theoretical discussion to the curriculum. we won’t be headed toward Accreditation – standardized assembly line massage factories – but we will be making small and meaningful additions and tweaks to our already fantastic massage training programs. if you are feeling uninformed on the new regulations, or have not looked at your anatomy book since class, or need guidance getting a job, maybe a little more education is in order.