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Since massage therapists need to know more than just technical
skills, many practitioners use the basic knowledge learned in high
school as a foundation to build a solid career in the field. During
your high school years, you should take fundamental science
courses, such as chemistry, anatomy, and biology. These classes
will give you a basic understanding of the human body and prepare
you for the health and anatomy classes you will take while
completing your postsecondary education. English, psychology, and
other classes relating to communications and human development will
also be useful as the successful massage therapist is able to
express his or her ideas with clients as well as understand the
clients' reactions to the therapy. If you think you might wish to
run your own massage therapy business someday, computer and
business courses are essential. Finally, do not neglect your own
physical well-being. Take physical education and health courses to
strengthen your body and your understanding of your own
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