A massage therapy instructor teaches students at the postsecondary level on how to give massages for therapy and relaxation purposes. The instructor may develop lesson plans and curricula in some institutions, while it is provided in others. The instructor gives lectures and provides demonstrations to the class, as well as plans and oversees activities that the class can participate in. Tests are also administered by the instructor to make sure that students comprehend the material and are able to carry out the skills that they were taught. A variety of teaching methods should be employed to reach students with different learning styles in an interesting, effective manner. Other tasks performed by instructors include keeping records of student progress, attendance and performance, as well as providing effective feedback to students on their progress and areas that need improvement.
Since this is a teaching position, the instructor should have significant experience giving massages to clients. Usually, a massage therapy instructor is required to be licensed in the state in which they practice and teach. Strong communication, teaching and public speaking skills are needed to be an effective instructor. Massage therapy instructors must be well organized and proficient with basic computer programs. They also need to stay up to date with developments within the field of massage so new knowledge can be applied to the classroom. Additionally, massage therapists must have good coordination, manual dexterity and the ability to perform massages for in-class demonstrations.
Massage Therapy Instructor Tasks
Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
Instruct students in different types of massage techniques and applications.
Teach material from approved curriculum and develop daily lesson plans to include instructional aids.