January 02, 2020 by Jordan Nunziato
Learning about massage therapy doesn’t end once you’ve graduated from massage therapy school and passed your licensing exam.
Continuing Education is designed to help massage therapists increase their knowledge base to continuously improve their personal and professional success and the success of their patients. It enables massage therapists to base their practices on the most recent and strongest evidence necessary to produce high quality patient outcomes.
Like pillars, there are two rewards on which continuing education stand: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic rewards you with developing a growth mindset, or the understanding that intelligence and abilities are things that can be developed. To take time for yourself and do something you enjoy simply because it gives you pleasure, and learning that learning for learning’s sake can be powerful. Allowing yourself to feel emotions such as interest, satisfaction, self-esteem, confidence, and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
Extrinsic rewards you with the learning of a new modality for financial gain in a professional career. Creating new, purposeful connections with people at conferences that can possibly advance one’s professional career. Learning new research findings within massage education that can help our clients. Using knowledge gained to teach others in a massage continuing education course.
As a massage therapist, you may find it is tempting to try to learn every technique so you can help the most people. In actuality, specializing — narrowing your focus to one niche clientele or type of massage — can be more effective in growing your client base.
Continuing competence promotes effective massage therapy, assists in preventing poor practice, and contributes to the quality of practice and best possible patient outcomes. It enables the massage therapist to base their practices on the most recent and strongest evidence necessary for high quality and effective care.
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