I looked at the AMTA book and one school there in Austin is COMTA approved by (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation) and AMTA Council of Schools
Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin have a web site http://www.tlcschool.com/
and on their site...
Please join us for our next FREE Introduction to our Basic
and Advanced Massage Therapy Training on Friday
February 16, 2001 from 6:30 - 9:30pm. This evening
program, hosted by David Lauterstein, TLC Co-Director, will
give you essential information about our classes. We will
have faculty demonstrations of Swedish Massage, Deep
Massage, Zero Balancing and Shiatsu.
To reserve your place, please
fill out and e-mail our Info Request Form
Lisa Capece at #512/374-9222
(toll free #800/474-0852 ext. 14)
From looking at their info, they seem like a good school, but you need to go and see.
You need at least 500 hours. Sounds like TX only requires 300, but most other states require at least 500, so if you moved to another state, you would have to have their required # of hours. "Would I have to attend the approved schools in order to become a medical massage therapist?" To be legal, yes, you have to go to an approved school to practice any kind of massage therapy.
My school said it was medical massage. The focus was on the medical aspect.
Unfortunately, massage therapy isn't as regulated as it needs to be, so anyone could call themselves a medical massage therapist.. ( by the way, we were told the correct term now by the AMTA and NCBTMB is Certified Massage Practitioner, so that is what CMP is. same as massage therapist, and graduated from an approved school, so got a certificate from that school.)
Difference between MMT, (med msg therpt) MT and nurse MT. Anyone can be MT, and in the states that do not require a license, anyone IS a MT. MMT, as I said, is an MT who states they specialize in the medical aspect, again anyone can say that. You want the education and certification, state license, and national certification to back that up. Because you would be a nurse and a MT, that is a NMT, no special certification, etc. As I said, MT needs regulation
I would suggest you go to the free day at the MT school there in Austin and ask them TONS of questions. I didn't learn Swedish massage and techniques of that nature, and wish I did, just for the heck of it, because that is what everyone is used to and I would be informed as to that more. I think since you are a nurse, that program sounds like it would be OK, depends on schedule, etc, but it is up to you to decide. Took me a while to find the program I wanted, and had to travel across Kansas every month, stay for almost a week, for 6 months.
And as for satisfaction...I just started and need more clients (doing pretty good, tho) but no one tells me when to work, where to float to, no one yells at me because the chart is missing or the xray wasn't done, I don't have to work weekends or holidays, don't have to put up with backstabbing co-workers...you get the idea. People that I have worked on are very appreciative of the work that you do...they are relieved to find something to help the pain they have had for years. But I am self-employed, so that is always a hassle. Am I glad I did it? You bet. I found that I can work one on one with the patients as I did in ICU and actually do something that helps them, do lots of teaching, and be on my own.
hope this helps. Let me know what is going on, and if you have any other questions.