Licensed massage therapists are in demand all across the country. Could massage therapy be the right career for you?
Job Security and Flexibility
Demand for massage therapists has increased steadily over the past several years, with no signs of slowing. Massage therapists have many options in terms of both full-time and part-time employment. As a massage therapist, you might work anywhere from a hospital or chiropractic clinic to a spa or your own private office. Therapists often work in several different settings simultaneously, or over the course of their careers.
Massage therapists are considered health care professionals. They have the option to work with other health care providers, [supporting clients as a team](LINK TO: Blog Post #19 - Massage Therapists as Part of a Health Care Team). It can be gratifying to be seen as an important contributor to public health and well-being, and to earn the respect of professional colleagues. Developing long-term relationships with clients, and seeing the positive impact of massage on their health over time, can also be a great source of satisfaction for a massage therapist.
Massage therapy is a physical job that requires strength, stamina, and a commitment to self-care. Massage therapists who are not attentive to their body's own limits can sustain injuries over time. Learning and practicing appropriate body mechanics is critical to the long-term success of every massage therapist.
Massage therapy is a growing and evolving field. Public understanding of the benefits of massage has not always caught up to the current state of the practice. Many states have instituted professional licensing requirements, in order to ensure all working therapists have met a standard set of qualifications. An increasing amount of scientific research is geared toward better understanding manual therapy. However, massage therapists must also be educators both with their own clients and the public.