- You want to help PEOPLE: One of the greatest joys in massage therapy is helping your clients feel better long-term. Creating a space of calm and relaxation, providing relief from chronic pain, or helping someone recover from an injury faster; all of it makes the career have its own built in rewards. People fear many health professionals – but look forward to seeing their massage therapist.
- You want FLEXIBILITY: Therapists who work on their own often create their own schedule so that they may work as little or as much as they would like. There are many employment opportunities that may cost you flexibility in hours, but not in terms of location. The more conventional massage therapy clinics, chiropractors offices, and spas – now also include fitness centers, sports medicine facilities, sports franchises, hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and health clinics, hotels, and hospitals.
- You want to be ACTIVE: Massage therapists tend to be in great shape because they are working on their feet and engage their entire body in the process. Being engaged in the process and not stuck behind a screen all day, can really make the career worthwhile.
- You want to be in a GROWING field: Massage therapy continues to see growth as the number of spas and massage centers increase, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts solid job growth in the field. As the importance of massage for both health and physical fitness becomes more widely known, we can expect that trend to continue.
- You want to be continually LEARNING: Massage therapists take continuing education classes to further their education and improve their abilities. There are innovations in the field and in client care that continue to make the profession more helpful. You are also educating your clients on their bodies – perhaps more than anything else, the preventive cure that massage can provide comes out though early treatments and noticing of conditions.
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*Projected job growth information cited from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition (available online here), *Not All Programs Available at All Locations *Program length is assuming continual full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.