Barberio School of Massage Therapy, LLC
In Business Since 2002

What to expect on your first day of massage therapy school!


This is one of my favorite days of the whole program, the first day! I see the anticipation, fear, excitement, uncertainty, and wonder written all over my students’ faces. It’s so great getting to know them all and watching them interact with each other. I always start off with a couple of ice breaker questions followed with staff introductions. Then, it would be the students’ turn to introduce themselves.


This is always fun for me. I am always impressed by how well everyone handles the pressure of simply introducing themselves and briefly explaining why they chose the profession of massage therapy to study. However, there is always a bit of anxiety with every student entering their first day of classes in massage therapy school.


How can you ease the anxiety of the first day of massage school?


How can you prepare for the first day of massage school?

Here are some tips:

  1. Get a good night’s rest. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, teenagers need 8 – 10 hours of sleep, while adults 18 and older need 7 hours in a 24 hour period.
  2. Be prepared, you should have received a checklist from your school informing you of all the items you will need in order to be prepared to begin our education. Go over that checklist!
  3. Funding, confirm all your money that is required to pay for your education and available to make your tuition payments consistently and on time to avoid late charges.
  4. Appearance, have your clothes picked out and set aside so you know exactly what you’re wearing. 
  5. Give yourself plenty of time to travel to your school. There is nothing wrong with arriving on the first day of class a little early, you don’t want to be late.


Barberio School of Massage Classroom


Reviewing the School Catalog


Every school should have a detailed school catalog that is reviewed on your first day of class. Specific information should be included such as:

  1. The grading system
  2. Policies and procedures
  3. Curriculum overview 
  4. What to wear for class

The information provided in the school catalog should help answer many questions that may be on your mind and help ease any nervousness you have about the program you’re about to begin.


The catalog should have very specific contact information, for example Barberio School of Massage Therapy is located in Linwood, NJ. Email addresses and office phone and hours of operation should be included.


The school calendar should also provide the school’s official schedule informing the student of when classes are held and more importantly what holidays the school recognizes so you know when the school is closed. Knowing these days are helpful so you can schedule your personal agenda around the school schedule.


Getting to Know the Massage Table


There are many massage tables to choose from. The types of massage tables are hydraulic, stationary, and portable massage tables. At Barberio School of Massage Therapy, we have and utilize in our school both stationary and portable tables made by Oakwork Massage tables.


We orient every student on the proper use, adjustment, and handling of the massage table. It is very important the student knows how to properly, confidently, and safely handle the massage table. We instruct and demonstrate on the use of bolsters and the headrest. Every student should have the opportunity and is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the massage table on the first day of class.


Making sure the massage table is set at the appropriate height for the student therapist is imperative for correct body mechanics and stances used when applying massage therapy techniques. Your massage therapy school should assure every student therapist that they will be 100% confident in knowing the correct massage table height, and proper use of every massage table.


A Time For Questions


Your first day in class can be a little confusing and it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the information you are given. So at the end of their first day, students will get a chance to voice any questions or concerns they may have. It is important to the student that these questions are answered, but is also important to the school.


The school functions because it has students, so if they have any concerns, we want to know so we can address them! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We close class by letting you know the next class agenda. The first thing that we work on is hands-on instruction. So we like to let the students know ahead of time, so they can prepare themselves for that.


After all this, your first day of massage school is complete. And your journey to becoming a licensed massage therapist is just beginning!

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