Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic
Massage Therapy Careers
Working in a complementary and alternative medicine clinic could be a good option for you in your massage therapy career. Alternative medicine covers a wide range of categories. Working with other professionals in the complementary medicine field can help expand your knowledge as a therapist.
I've never worked in a complimentary medicine clinic. I worked in a massage clinic where a acupuncturist rented space in the building. She was rarely there though. There was an alternative medicine clinic in my town and my yoga teacher who was also a Thai massage therapist rented space there. It seemed like a good working environment, but you can't really know until you work there.
The opportunity to work with other kinds of alternative health practitioners is very good. The things I learned from the acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, reiki practitioners and other massage therapists I've worked with in the past have been invaluable to my massage practice. These learning experiences can happen just in natural casual conversation.
Usually, you rent space at these complementary and alternative medicine clinics. If you already have a client base to work with this is a good situation, but if you have no clients and you're new to massage or new to the area, it can be quite scary. I recommend that you start out working for someone else to build a client base before branching out on your own. That will give you a chance to get to know someone in the area and start building a clinic base. Once you're used to the area you can try starting your own business.
You don't have work with someone else first. If you're really good at getting out there and marketing your own business go ahead and start out that way. This book has some tips that will help you be successful in your massage business. Check it out here
If you feel confident about your ability to attract new clients, this a clinic could be great for you. The constant coming and going of people seeing other therapists makes for an energetic environment. You can work with other therapists in the building to attract more clients to the clinic as a whole by having events for the community.
Complementary and alternative health clinics are definitely a great place to consider starting your massage practice.