You’ve spent almost a year studying anatomy, ethics, business, and massage techniques. You’ve put in the numerous hours necessary of free massage to complete your internship. After all of your hard work and dedication, you can finally start your career as a massage therapist. Right? Wrong! The last step on your journey is to pass the massage therapy national exam. Here’s some tips on how to pass this difficult and mandatory exam.
Firstly, get yourself a good study guide. It doesn't matter if you borrow it from the library, buy a copy or download one. Make sure your book has test questions and an answer key to test your knowledge. Study these questions on your work breaks, lunch, and anytime you have a free moment.
Make yourself flash cards. You can buy ready-made flash cards, but they will cost you anywhere from $60-$200. Flashcard are a great tool to use by yourself or with a study group.
Study the basic subjects such as anatomy, ethics, pathologies and massage techniques, but also make sure to study pharmacology and Chinese theory. There will be numerous questions regarding chakras, the five elements, and meridians on the exam.
Stay calm. The more you stress yourself, the more information you will forget. Try to get a full night sleep the night before and make sure to eat breakfast the day of.
Don't get discouraged if you do not pass the first time. There is only a small percentage of people that actually pass the first time around.
I have compiled a study guide of relevant information to help other aspiring massage therapists pass their exams. Feel fee to check it out.