CG Funk, a licensed massage therapist from Arizona, wrote an article in the August 2014 issue of Massage Magazine entitled: “Massage therapy is an art form”. Here is a summary of most of the article's content, which clearly explains the many advantages a career as a massage therapist has to offer.
A career in massage therapy
If you are interested in becoming a massage therapist, it is an incredible time to be entering the industry. As the popularity of massage therapy increases, so does the demand for qualified massage therapists. This is a fast growing profession with many job opportunities. It is healthy, active work that is personally satisfying and financially rewarding.
In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor released it’s list of the 10 fastest growing careers in the country. This top 10 list included massage therapist. Career opportunities for massage therapists are expected to increase faster than the average job growth rate over the next several years. Professional massage therapists work in a variety of savings, including massage clinics, cruise ships, spas, medical offices, health clubs and sports medicine centers; or choose a private practice. And career growth for experienced massage therapists offers a variety of paths to choose from, such as:
Working in an education setting as a massage instructor or school administrator.
Managing or directing a resort spa, day spa, or massage clinic.
Working at a massage related product or equipment supply company.
Working for a national massage association.
Contributing to massage therapy and touch research.
Writing articles or textbooks.
Developing and teaching continuing education classes.
About massage school
Massage school programs average 800 hours of education, and completion of the program typically takes one year. Massage school can be life changing, transformative experience. The first part of the massage program deals with basic massage theory and anatomy. Students learn more about the physical nature of the human body than most people understand in a lifetime. During school, students learn many hands on modalities and techniques as well as anatomy, physiology, pathology and professional development. Toward the end of the massage program is where students begin to find their own creative approach. Massage therapy is an art form, and every massage therapist is unique in his/her approach and design of a massage treatment. Massage education is not only practical, it is life changing. These are intense programs, encompassing not only linear thinking, but also learning new ways to move, work and communicate from the heart.
Choosing a massage school
There are many wonderful massage therapy educational programs available throughout the U.S. The Internet and massage associations such as the American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals are great places to start your massage school search. Each school offers its own unique courses and approach.
Becoming a licensed massage therapist
In most states, massage therapy graduates are required to have a state license before legally practicing massage. License requirements vary from state to state, and most states require the applicant to pass a licensing examination.
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