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What is the training like to become a massage therapist in Colorado?

In Colorado Certified Massage Therapist careers are in high demand. Most know that Colorado is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor winter sports. Skiing, snowboarding and sledding, cross country, rock climing. Although these sports are great fun for enthusiasts, many are prone to accident or sore muscles needing special care from chiropractors and massage therapists.

There is a lot involved in training to become a massage therapist in Colorado and it can be difficult to know what to expect. However, a career as a massage therapist in Colorado can be a very exciting and extremely fulfilling opportunity for many who appreciate the natural art of healing. If you're passionate about helping other people, you love learning about the human body and want to get paid to do both -- keep reading to learn more about the process of training to become a massage therapist.

MT Training in CO: What to Expect

Most massage therapy-training programs in Colorado start with a minimum of 300 hours, and go above 1,000 hours in training time. While no two training programs are the same in Colorado, if you are taking classes, you can expect to learn more on subjects such as, physiology, anatomy, pathology and kinesiology. Depending on the type of school, you choose in Colorado, you may be eligible to take part in various massage therapy training programs including:

  • Deep-tissue massage
  • Sports massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Reflexology
  • Tuina (Chinese medical massage)
  • Shiatsu (type of acupuncture)
  • Alexander technique
  • Meridian therapy
  • Trigger-point therapy
  • Rolfing
  • Feldenkrais
  • Indian head massage

Colorado is now, the 39th (and most recent) state to regulate massage therapy, which means anyone practicing massage therapy within the state needs to be properly licensed. Therefore, if you would like to practice MT in Colorado -- you will first, need to be licensed according to the requirements set forth by the State Board of massage therapy in Colorado.

MT License Requirements in Colorado

In order to receive a license to practice massage therapy in Colorado, you will need to pass one of the following:

  • A minimum score of 300 on the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, otherwise known as, the NCETMB.
  • The bodywork and massage-licensing exam, which is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards

MT License Application Pre-Requisites in Colorado

In order to be considered eligible to take these exams in the state of Colorado, you must complete a few pre-requisites. These pre-application requirements are listed below:

  • Graduation from an accredited school
  • Minimum 500 training hours
  • Some cities or counties have additional requirements
  • Some clinics and spas in CO also have their own set of requirements for hiring MTs

You may not be aware that Colorado is the only state in U.S. history to turn down the opportunity to host the Olympics. Moreover, perhaps that is because someone, like you has not been professionally trained in sports-related massage therapy for Olympians. Athletes are already training for the next Olympics -- maybe now, is a good time for you to start training to become a massage therapist in Colorado.