How much training do massage therapists have? Are you licensed?
Massage therapists have differing amounts of training throughout the US. As there are no nation-wide regulations, each state or city has its own set standards. CA has undergone changes in recent years –moving from city-by-city regulations to a statewide certification system — CA Massage Therapy Council. Eligibility is determined by completion of a minimum of 500-hours of supervised classroom work/activities/hours from an accredited school. These hours are split between many disciplines including massage technique, safety and first aid, anatomy and physiology, and professional ethics. All of our therapists are registered with the state council as well as hold additional certification in pregnancy massage. In addition, several of us are also nationally certified by the National Certification Board of Massage and Bodywork, and in general, quite over educated for massage therapists. Like many professions, we complete ongoing continuing education requirements to maintain our certification.