Before Deciding To Study Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is an interesting, rewarding and fun career. It is also growing considerably in North America according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is forecast to grow faster than average (20%!) between 2006 and 2016.
If you are interested in a massage therapy career, this is great news. I would suggest, however, that before you embark on a new career path and undertake the commitment necessary to become a massage therapist, you consider what the profession is really all about.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people love the idea of becoming a massage therapist, yet have never had a massage treatment from a professional. Getting a either a relaxation or therapeutic massage is a great opportunity to know what it’s like to be a client, as well as to establish a rapport with a professional in the industry. I would advise that you go for a massage therapy treatment in the type of setting where you think you’d like to work
2. Speak with several massage therapists currently in the industry.
You will find massage therapists in spas, sports facilities and medical clinics. You may also find them working out of their own home, or perhaps the massage therapist you know will have a mobile service, and go house to house visiting clients. Tell them that you are considering a career in Massage Therapy, and as them for the input. Also ask them to be honest, and discuss a "typical day", as well as the pros and cons of the profession, everything from work environment to pay rates, and how they fit in to the organization. Once again, because everyone has a different experience of the profession, speak with several people to get a general idea of what life is like as a massage therapist.
3. Experience different types of massage
From relaxation and therapeutic massage to different modalities under the "massage therapy umbrella", you have several excellent options, try as many as you can before you make your final decision on whether or not to pursue a massage therapy career.
4. Ask your new massage therapist friends where they went to school, and what their experience was like.
As professional therapists, they will be able to guide you where to go for the education you will require, as well as discuss the licensing requirements for the state or province where you want to practice and live. You may discover new techniques and opportunities through your massage therapist, territory you never knew existed these are certainly exciting times for the profession.
5. Don’t let the romance of massage therapy as a healing art mislead you!
To be successful in Massage Therapy, it must be treated like a business, albeit a caring one. You will have bills to pay, so don’t be misled by thinking that the money you charge per treatment is money that goes directly into your pocket. Once again, talk to massage therapists to get a reality check on the business aspect of the profession, it could save you a lot of heartache.
Taking the time to learn about the massage therapy profession before you commit your time, money and energy is effort well spent.
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