• 09Jan

    Why massage therapy is a great career choice

    Is it possible to find a career where you receive academic and experiential training for about two years, find it easy to get employment after graduation, earn a handsome salary and enjoy the personal satisfaction of making a significant social contribution? Absolutely! There are a few. And one of these is to become a massage therapist.

    Although there are many employment opportunities available after you receive your massage therapy degree, such as working in a doctor’s office, a franchised clinic, a health resort, a hotel, a spa, or a cruise ship, among many other options, almost half of the people who graduate as massage therapist choose to start their own business.

    The reason for this desire to be self-employed is simple: Low startup costs, high revenue, and comprehensive training.

    Startup Costs

    In order to start your own business, you just need to rent a space on a monthly basis and buy a small amount of equipment. Your equipment will consist of static or portable massage beds, linens, lotions, and a few other basic things. However, your startup costs can be even lower if your willing to forfeit the idea of renting an office space and willing to visit clients in their home or office to give a massage. In this case, you would just need a portable massage table or chair, a few bottles of massage oil, and some sheets and towels.

    High Revenues

    Your hourly wage will depend on the state you live in, but many new massage therapists earn  $45 to $60 an hour while experienced massage therapists easily earn double this amount. The Natural Healers website says, “According to the 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for massage therapists is $37,180 per year. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.”

    Comprehensive Training

    When you open your doors for business, you will be well-prepared to provide a highly-skilled service. This is because you will have received comprehensive training. On average, it will take you only two years to get the academic and hand’s on training you need before you can qualify for a state license to practice massage therapy. Legal requirements will vary from one state to another, and while some states only require 330 hours of training, others require 1,000 hours. During your time in school, you will learn how the human body works, how to run a business, and how to give a therapeutic massage.

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    This field of massage therapy is growing so rapidly that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22 percent spike in growth until the year 2024. This is a much faster growth rate than most other occupations, and one reason for this growth is the high demand for massage therapists.

    The primary reason why massage therapy is in high demand is that it does people a world of good. Generally, people have the impression that a massage creates a sense of deep relaxation and a heightened feeling of well-being–but, this is only a visceral appreciation for the benefits of massage therapy. In actuality, the benefits of massage therapy are profound.

    Yes, massage therapy does promote physical relaxation and create a mood shift by decreasing cortisol levels and increasing the feel-good hormones, serotonin and dopamine. However, it also relieves knotted muscles, eases aches, diminishes pain, and releases nerve compression. As a result of these changes, massage will provide greater flexibility, improve range of motion, and noticeably enhance vitality.

    By improving circulation, the body is able to deliver more oxygen and more nutrients to muscle cells and remove cellular metabolic waste products. Massage offers symptomatic relief from a number of painful or inflammatory conditions, such as whiplash, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tension headaches, scoliosis, backaches during pregnancy, tendon damage, varicose veins, muscle tears, torticollis, thoracic outlet syndrome,  and myofascial pain.

    Additionally, the relaxation response induced by a massage stimulates the body’s ability to slow the heart rate, improve respiration, and balances blood pressure. Besides physical benefits, the relaxation response improves psychological issues associated with anxiety, stress, depression, anger, aggression, sleep deprivation, fatigue, and an exhausted immune system.

    In summary, massage therapy as a career choice has numerous advantages: the work itself is emotionally rewarding because of how powerfully it triggers healing in the human body and it is also fairly easy to find plenty of clients and earn a good living.

    Anna L.

    It’s all about health!
    I have academic background in drugs related Chemical Technology, as well as extensive professional experience in pharma and medical companies. My main area of interest is everyday life medicine. The goal of my articles is to give people informative answers to the questions that bother them, to dispel doubts and some common misbeliefs and also to inspire everyone to keep healthy lifestyle.

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