A Continuing Education Unit is a nationally recognized unit of time spent studying to enhance a person’s professional development. Only ten hours amount to one unit of the continuing education. CEUs provide students with a permanent record of continuing education and training for professionals who need to prove to state licensing boards, employers and other interested parties that they are undergoing ongoing training and development in their field. The continuing education unit is of vital important to those therapists that would wish to maintain their credibility in the industry as well as upscale their skills.
There is however a catch in that undertaking these CEU does not count towards attaining a degree or a diploma. What it does is helps the therapist to keep abreast of new developments in the field such as any new techniques that are being introduced.
A therapist is able to benefit from a well rounded course if they choose to take up the CEU.
The Continuing Education Unit is well known for offering practical applications of the massage theraphy but in addition to this, they may also offer other training such as client analysis, business training and accounting. This unit realizes that there are many tools required by a therapist to have a successful business in this field.
Study at home or on campus
Continuing Education Unit is very flexible in that one can take most of the units at home while leaving only the practical ones to be taken in school. If a course is to be studied off campus, it is emailed to the student first and then they are given help lines if they need any further assistance. We may argue that since it is a training dealing with beauty training everything has to be hands on and this is what make the training really interesting. Keep in mind, however that some techniques can be taught via instructional DVD or downloadable streaming video. There however those other subjects that requires books to be downloaded.
From basic and advanced anatomy to identifying and treating various health complaints, there are massage therapy continuing education classes to cater for a range of qualifications and disciplines. For instance, a therapist that only specializes in day spa treatments may not be interested in learning about Fibromyalgia. Similarly, one who deals with pre-natal and post-natal massage as well as treatment during labor and childbirth may find classes aimed at treating HIV-positive patients unnecessary.
The credibility and standards of the therapists are upheld by updating their skills.
Still, a good all-round education is helpful to those therapists who choose not to limit their options in the massage therapy industry. Therefore being qualified in more that one area enables one to be able to take up more employment opportunities. For instance those continuing education classes that offer specialities outside what a student is taking could open more employment opportunities for the student.