Do You Say Yes Or No To Online Massage Courses?


Do You Say Yes Or No To Online Massage Courses?


Before any of you accuse me of partisanship or sales purposes, let me clarify, that I am a hands-on trainer in massage modalities, a Spa consultant, author of many massage training books and also, an Approved Provider for Continuing Education in massage and bodywork, so I can not position myself on one side or the other, because I am a defender of all of them. Each modality has its own audience, moment, budget and target, and when students ask me for advice, I always tell them the same thing, “what works best for you, could be the worst choice for another person, and vice versa”..”so first think about your needs”.

Can online massage courses be dangerous or unsafe?

Yes, of course they can, depending on the person who is doing the training. In the same manner that a massage book can be dangerous too. And nobody questions if I should sell my massage books or if they are useful or not.

Can an online cooking course be dangerous? Yes, it can, if you poison your clients. But many chefs use online courses or books to keep learning new cooking styles, and nobody thinks that this is dangerous. Why? First of all, because they are already professional chefs, and second, because they practice, practice and practice (cook, cook and cook), until the dish is perfectly done, and they receive positive feedback from family, friends, and other colleagues, and because they also have a good criteria about what is a good and a bad dish, and about what could be risky…

Well, in the Wellness and massage industry, something similar happens. If you are already a good professional, a LMT, CMT, PT…, qualified, and you have good skills, then, the online massage course can be your recipe. First you need to learn the theory, and then you need to practice, practice and practice. And because you are already a good professional, with that recipe you will be able to adapt it to your taste, and to your client’s needs, and once you receive praise from your family, friends and colleagues, then, you will be able to put it into practice.

That the best way to learn Tibetan KuNye Massage is to travel to Tibet, and learn from an authentic Tibetan doctor? Of course, no doubt. But this will cost you a lot of money, time and full-time dedication, and some people just do not want to, or are not able to, invest so much. Those who are able to travel, maybe before going to Tibet, want to make sure that they like what they are going to study and prefer to buy some books or online courses about the massage technique, in order to be 100% sure of their future investment. Is that wrong, or dangerous? Not at all…

What, in my opinion, is wrong, is to study an online massage course without having any background knowledge, without any legal diploma, and to think that you are ready to start practicing the massage technique in a professional manner after only 20-30 hours training. This is what is wrong and dangerous!!!



Be open to develop yourself

I always say, “use as many tools as you can, books, hand-outs, online courses, e-conferences, movies, documentaries, hands-on courses, blogs, professional forums, fairs, congresses, lectures, etc., in order to become a better professional, no matter the format or style. Because from everything that surrounds us in this life, we can learn. So do not limit your professional development, and be open to use the wonders of the era of high technology”.

Many people are absolutely against online massage courses, but each day, more and more people use them as a complement to their professional development. What do you think? Are we on the right way, or are we losing the path?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Warm regards,

César Tejedor


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  • Shama Kern12/10/2015 at 20:29Reply

    I agree with you. Massage can certainly be taught online successfully. I can speak with authority since I have been providing online training for Thai Massage for many years, and have hundreds of testimonials from students who successfully learned and implemented the material.

    Online training might be ideal for some, less ideal for others, but to reject it outright is certainly an unnecessary and limiting idea which some people subscribe to.

    I have many students who absolutely loved my online training and derived great benefit from it. Especially experienced therapists can quite easily pick up on the video training. I know I can watch a massage video and learn the techniques from it.

    It is certainly a valuable addition to our professional development.

    • Camilla Ilves18/10/2015 at 12:22Reply

      Hi Shama and thank you for your comment! Yes totally agree on that there is no need to limit ourselves to only a certain type of learning modality when there are so many available, and that can work together to provide us with the greatest benefit!

  • Shannon28/10/2015 at 22:24Reply

    Anatomy and physiology might be alright online but massage therapy is very personal so no for the rest. I don’t even think Kinesiology should be taught online.

  • Michael Hood23/06/2016 at 08:34Reply

    Whoever posted this question is kidding right?! How in the world can you learn a completely hands on profession online???
    That’s right up there with online dentistry or auto mechanics.

    • Beth Mitchell24/06/2016 at 15:43Reply

      He does offer an important caveat – On-line learners are not learning the profession of massage therapy. They have already graduated from a 500-1500 hour program to build their foundation in stroke application, palpation, and client assessment. The on-line courses give students an opportunity to learn new techniques to enhance the hands-on work they have already learned on real bodies.

    • César Tejedor25/06/2016 at 09:48Reply

      Hi Michael and thanks for your comment! As @Beth mentions in her comment, what I refer to in this post is that online modalities can be a great way for professional LMTs, RMTs, Bodyworkers, to learn new techniques and methods online, in a cost-effective manner. Some of us do not have the time to travel to seminars or workshops that might be held far away from our homes, and so online is a very valid option for us. Also, I have had much feedback about the fact that in an online course for example, you can learn in your own pace and watch the massage videos over and over again, which you can not do when you attend a 2 day workshop. In any case, of course online should not be the only learning source to use in my opinion, the best is to combine online with hands-on, with books, etc…

  • John Goodhew28/06/2016 at 23:34Reply

    Massage cannot be taught on Line; Basic movements but, you have to learn and be demonstrated to re TOUCH. I have been a Therapist for well over 30 Years, so believe me, learning on line is trash.
    ps New Website in making.

  • maureen campbell28/06/2016 at 23:36Reply

    Massage techniques can definitely be learned online…but connecting with the client and doing each massage with best intention for their need can never be.
    I treat over 1000 clients a year and have watched and learned from videos must most importantly have learned from the feedback of my clients.

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