Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What can I expect to be paid after being licensed?
A: Massage therapists charge $50 to $100 for general massage therapy per hour in the greater Olympia area. Even higher fees are charged for injury treatment or some forms of deep tissue therapies. Your overhead of running a business would directly affect the amount that you kept as income. Employees can expect to make a percentage of that fee. The percentage would vary in each employment circumstance.
Q: Will we be “certified” to practice massage when we complete the course?
A: Upon successful completion of the 700-hour course OR the 600-hour part-time course, you will be qualified to take the Washington State Massage Licensing Exam. Successfully passing this exam and paying the licensing fee will allow you to practice in Washington State.
Q: Can we switch from day to night classes or vice versa?
A: No. The course starts five- times each year. Each class is independent and autonomous from the other. Should a student need to depart from an ongoing class, they would need to re-apply for any future course.
Q: Is everything included in the tuition price? (Table, books, etc.)
A: The tuition does not include books, massage table, miscellaneous supplies or administrative fees. These additional charges are independent of the base tuition. For more information on tuition, click here.
Q: What if I am already licensed in another field? (O.T., Nurse, etc.)
A: Previous training or licensure in other fields is obviously beneficial and would be helpful in your career as a massage therapist. Unless prior permission is granted, we do not give credit for previous training in other fields or relieve the student from attending classes because of this previous training.
Q: Do you have home study program?
A: Not at this time. This program is very much “hands-on” and not suitable for correspondence education.
Q: Do you have financial aid or scholarships?
A: Bodymechanics School (Tumwater) is approved for VA funding programs and Washington State Worker Retraining programs. Although we qualify as an educational institution, we have chosen not to obtain federal accreditation. Maintaining federal Department of Education approval and associated national accreditations would double our administrative costs, forcing us to raise tuition by 20% for all students. Bodymechanics does, however, go through a rigorous re-approval by the Washington State Vocational Board.
Q: Will I be uncomfortable due to my age?
A: Age is not an issue in our program. We have found that the older the student is, the more they have been able to offer to fellow students in terms of life experience. The wide range of ages in the classroom has only enhanced the learning environment for all of the students involved.
Q: Will it be too hard for me to learn?
A: Our program is designed in such a way as to work with all learning styles. Many of our students have had learning challenges and have found that our program is creative and accommodating.
Q: What can I look forward to in getting a job? There are a lot of massage therapists out there already.
A: We get this question a lot. Interestingly, the number of therapists who enter the field are not quite keeping up with demand as more and more people are starting to receive massage on a regular basis. Let us compare massage therapists to another form of health practitioners such as chiropractors. Let us assume that, given the choice, as many people would like to receive a chiropractic treatment as they would a massage. Chiropractors can see, on average, 5 to 8 patients per hour while massage therapists will see 5 to 8 clients a day. Given an average 8-hour work day, that means we need roughly 8 times more massage therapists as chiropractors. Considering that most massage therapists only work part-time, that number increases again. Based on this logic, there are actually too many chiropractors, and not enough massage therapists. Usually, the only reason that massage therapists have a difficult time making a successful career in the massage profession is because of inadequate training in either massage technique or business training. Bodymechanics School graduates excel in both of these areas.
Q: Can we start and stop the program?
A: No. You would need to withdraw from the program and re-enroll at a later time and start at the beginning of another class.
Q: What if I started at another school and want to change schools? Are credits transferable from the school?
A: No. While training at other schools may prove valuable, we require that all “transfer students” go through our entire program. Our training is unique and our techniques are advanced. Any credit given for previous training would potentially diminish the student’s quality of education.
Q: As a professional, how much massage can I expect to be able to perform?
A: Each massage therapist has different abilities and expectations of themselves. We see massage therapists who want some additional income perform as few as two or three massages a week to full-time practitioners who perform thirty or forty per week. The average probably lies at around twenty per week for full-time practitioners.
Q: What is required physically to do massage? How much weight do I have to be able to lift?
A: The term body mechanics (the name of our school) has to do with the use of proper body movement in daily activities, the prevention and correction of problems associated with posture, and the enhancement of coordination and endurance. Our focus at the Bodymechanics School is to help ensure that each therapist uses their body correctly and learns how to apply leverage and proper technique based on body size. The smallest of therapists can perform excellent work.
Q: Does the school offer placement assistance?
A: We are unable to assist with job placement upon graduation from our program. However, our program is so successful that we often have chiropractors and clinics in the area calling us and asking us to tell our students about open positions they have. These requests are posted in the classroom as well as our private school social media pages and students are encouraged to contact these people as soon as possible.