What You Need To Know To Get Into Massage TherapyDocument Transcript
What you need to know to get into massage therapy
If you think carving a career in massage therapy is as easy as knowing how to knead and
press, you are wrong. Because of the increasing popularity of these clinics, the government
has started to regulate the practice. Now, massage therapists need to get some kind of
license in order to work. This of course is not true for all states. Laws on the industry are
still not being enforced all over the country. This means that each state will have a different
take on how the practice should be done.
Here are some of the things you may want to consider when starting out a career in
1. Know the massage that you want to do
One of the main considerations that you have to look into before you start your massage
therapy career is what massage to specialize in. Like the medical field, massage therapists
now have specializations. Each will be identified to a particular field. This is brought on by
the kind of training that they will take before they become full-pledged massage therapists.
The best way to do this is to research on the different kinds of massages and see what you
are most comfortable doing.
There are a lot of considerations when making this choice. One of the factors that may
affect their decisions is what kind of clinical setting they want to work in. Working in spas
and commercial massage clinics will only require you to be adept at massages that seek to
relax the muscles.
This is of course easier to study and much easier to do compared to massages that are much
more technical in nature, which is usually done in the clinical setting. However, the
advantage with more technical and scientific massage strokes is higher pay and of course
2. Physical problems
Massage therapy involves a lot of physical work. Every day, you will be servicing the
clients with a hard or soft massage as well as helping them lie back in the massage table
and also in disrobing. It is a very hard job and can be physically taxing. Before you get into
a career in massage therapy, make sure that you can take on the job and deal with its
3. Time to study
Because of the way the industry has been regulated by the state, becoming a massage
therapist will involve first a lot of years of study. Some states in fact require therapists to
have at least three years in specialization. If you need to earn money right away and don’t
have time to study first, thisis not the career for you. You will be better off with jobs that
do not really require a training certificate or a diploma.
4. Good with people
Another thing to consider when you want to have a career in massage therapy is
communication with people. Remember that you will mostly be earning your money from
the tips and not actually in the salary that the clinic gives you. For you to get big tips, you
also need to be sociable and to communicative with people. Clients love therapists who talk
to them and those who listen to their problems. If you are a little bit anti-social, this is not
the career for you.