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Interested in becoming a Physical Therapist Asistant/ Ceritfied Massage Therapist

I have been doing research in becoming a PTA/ CMT. However, sometimes in doing research, one doesn't get feedback from REAL people who have 'been there done that'. I have an unbelievable passion to go into this career, even with my visual limitations. I would appreciate any comments that any one might have with this issue. Thank ya'll.

God Bless.

Elaine

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Re:Interested in becoming a Physical Therapist Asistant/ Ceritfied Massage Therapist



I w/ould be very interested to hear from you, or any others who had this similar goal. I too have been exploring my options of going back to college to become a PTA in Minnesota. I have RP and some limitations with my peripheral vision/nightime sight but fairly good central vision still. Actually it is Type 2 Usher's but my hearing loss is moderate and am not to worried about thaat. I really like the program and aspects of the profession but am just looking for encouragement/advice/concerns I shoujld think about.
Curious to see any comments
megs


Re:Interested in becoming a Physical Therapist Asistant/ Ceritfied Massage Therapist



I have been a massage therapist for 4 years now and I like my job. If you find you can commit to the work put in to recieve certification, then its a very rewarding career. It is hard work. depending on where you live the requirments may be diffrent but standard is a few hundred hours of school and a state lisensing exam. Massage itself is a touch and feel method more than sight. Infact some of the best massage work is done in low lighting. the less you see the more you trust your insticts. A lot of LMT s even close their eyes. hope this helps. Massage isnt for everyone.

Of about 20 people who sign up for massage school, only 3 make it all the way through the course. there is a lot to absorb


Re: Interested in becoming a Physical Therapist Asistant/ Ceritfied Massage Therapist



I too am thinking about becoming a P.T.A. and I would like to know if There are any blind people out there that are P.T.A.'s that I can talk to about it.


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