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How to Become a Massage Therapist
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a massage therapist? Keep reading to find out how to become a massage therapist and own your own business! Or take the first step and purchase the ebook below.
10 Steps to a Fab Job as a Massage Therapist
The world can be a stressful place. Most of us feel like
we’re living at the speed of light, running here, there,
and everywhere. And to top it off, because of life’s pace,
a lot of us have chronic pain. Tight shoulders, aching
necks, tired lower backs. And we seem to get sick more
than we used to.
1. Is a Career in Massage Therapy for You?
Before deciding on a career as a massage therapist, you
should first ask yourself the following questions:
2. Discover the World of Massage Therapy
As a massage therapist, you will be trained in the
fundamentals. Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and
Trigger Point Therapy are usually taught by most massage
therapy programs. However, there are many other forms of
bodywork out there, ranging from Myofascial Release to
Reiki (a form of energy work.) Not only are there many
different modalities of massage to choose from, there are
many areas of specialization as well, including Pregnancy
Massage, Medical Massage, and even Animal Massage.
3. Know the Requirements for Practice in Your Area
Before choosing a training program, one of the first things you should investigate are the requirements for becoming a massage therapist in the area you wish to practice in. Each state and/or city or town has different requirements for massage therapists. If you are unsure where to gain information about practice requirements, contact the school/training program you are considering, or contact a local massage therapist. Either should be able to point you in the right direction.
4. Training for Your Career as a Massage Therapist
There are many different types of schools and training
programs available to someone who wants to become a
massage therapist. To find a program that suits your
needs, check your local yellow pages under “Schools” or
“Massage Therapy”. You could also do a search online using
the phrase “massage therapy schools” or “massage therapy
training”, or contact some local massage therapists to
find out what schools/programs they attended.
5. Volunteer Your Services
Once you have begun your training to become a massage therapist a great way to get more “hands on” experience is to volunteer your services to others. You can volunteer to work on friends and family, or offer your services to community organizations in your area. This is also a great way to start building a clientele even before your training is finished.
6. Finding a Job
Once you’ve finished your training, it’s time to start working as a massage therapist! If you’ve decided owning your own business is not for you, you need to find a job. One way to find employment as a massage therapist is to check with the school or training program you attended. More than likely, they will have a list of employers who need to hire massage therapists. Otherwise, you can check your local paper, check online employment sites, or even create your own job. Numerous types of employers need massage therapists including medical clinics, health clubs, spas, and corporations.
7. Start Your Own Business
If you’ve dreamt of being your own boss, a career in massage therapy can be the perfect way to go. However, keep in mind that being your own boss means just that—you decide on everything from how many hours you work, how many clients you see, and how to set up your office. But you also have to make decisions on whether to incorporate your business or not, whether to do your own taxes or hire an accountant, and what fees to charge. The Small Business Administration has many resources for new business owners, and the best part is, they’re all free!
8. Get and Keep Clients
If you have already been volunteering your services,
chances are you already have some clients. Once you have a
few clients, you should be generating some word-of-mouth
advertising, which means your clients will be telling
others about you.
9. Take Care of Yourself
Massage therapy, by its’ very nature, is a caring
profession. But in the process of taking care of others,
we can often neglect to take care of ourselves.
Recognizing the signs of self-neglect can go a long way to
prolonging your career as a massage therapist. If you feel
like you just can’t listen to one more client’s problems,
and you’d rather be on the massage table yourself, you may
be on your way to burn-out.
10. Grow as a Professional
As a massage therapist, your success will also center on
your growth as a healthcare practitioner. Taking classes
in new techniques, reading books about different types of
bodywork, and getting massage from other practitioners can
all aid you in your professional, as well as personal,
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