Become a Massage Therapist
Massage Therapy Careers
Do you want to become a massage therapist?
After getting lots of massages and seeing how wonderful they make you feel it is not uncommon for people to think that they want to become a massage therapist. Massage therapy is a good profession. It provides you with the chance to help others. If you decide to work for yourself you can make your own hours. This is a growing field. More and more people are seeking help from natural health practitioners.
Before you go to school for massage you really should make sure you're choosing an appropriate career for you. Being a massage therapist does have its downsides too. It can be difficult physical work so if you have a health condition please consider your choice carefully.
Massage is one of the most popular forms of alternative health. In recent years, it has become more and more respected by other healthcare providers. There are many massage therapy schools across the nation and where I'm from you can see television ads for them regularly. Attending a high quality school is important. Your school gives you the foundation tools for your career. Getting the best education will move you one step closer to having a successful career.
How do you know if massage therapy right for you?
Massage careers are unique. It takes a unique type of person to succeed in the field. I went to school with many people and only a few from my graduating class went on to practice massage full time. Before you learn massage, you should make sure you look into the profession completely.
Massage therapy best suits someone who is interested in alternative medicine and wellness. Do you like to help people? Are you a good problem solver? Do you have an interest in healthcare careers? Your training will give you the basics needed to be a good massage therapist, but the best therapists continue to study and learn well after graduating from school. Massage requires you to apply practical knowledge you learned in school and intuitive knowledge at the same time.
Massage can be physically demanding work. Learning how to use proper body mechanics will help you be a better therapist and will put less stress on your body. Some modalities are more demanding than others. Most people start with the basics and then focus on a particular style once they leave school.
When you become a massage therapist you can work in spas, chiropractic offices, cruise ships, resorts, acupuncturists' offices, complementary and alternative medicine clinic, pain management clinics, and many other places. Some people travel to offices and businesses to do on-site massage. Some visit clients' homes.
When you become a massage therapist, you may want to work for someone else at first, but working for yourself is usually the best deal for a therapist. I have worked for myself and for others. I much prefer working for myself, but working for someone else gave me the insight I needed to have my own successful business. If you want to open your own massage business, you need to learn business skills.
Meet some massage therapists and ask them what they think about their career. You may want to go to work with one of them one day to see what it's like. Doing these simple things will help you find out if massage therapy is a good career for you.
Massage School--Now that you know you want to become a massage therapist check out this guide to help you choose the right massage school for you.
Massage School Directory--Use own massage school directory to find a school in your area.
Certified Massage Therapy Training--Find out why you should get certified in massage and how to start your certification process.
Massage Therapy Jobs--Find out what's required of you in order to become a massage therapist.
Spas Jobs for Massage Therapists--Find out what working in a spa is like for a massage therapist.
Chiropractic Jobs for Massage Therapists--Find out what it's like to work for a chiropractor.
Massage Jobs on Cruise Ships--Is being a massage therapist on a cruise ship as good as it seems?
Massage Resort Careers--Working at resorts could also be a career choice for a massage therapist.
Acupuncturists' Offices Massage Jobs--I started my massage career in an acupuncturist's office. Find out what it was like.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic Jobs--Working in an alternative medicine clinic gives you the opportunity to work with other natural health professionals.
Massage Careers in Pain Management Clinics--Massage therapy does a great job of relieving pain. Find out how your skills as a massage therapist could fit into the pain management environment.
Start Your Own Massage Business--If you want to work for yourself here are some tips to help you get your business off the ground.
Massage Therapist Safety--Here are some tips to keep you safe will doing in-home massages for clients.