Spa Career: How to Become a Professional Massage Therapist

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As more and more consumers become increasingly knowledgeable about the benefits of spa treatments, holistic medicine and overall wellness, opportunities in the spa industry will continue to grow at a rapid pace. According to the International Spa Association (ISPA), the U.S. spa industry employs more than 230,000 people, and the variety of opportunities available within the field provides those interested with a wide range of career choices to serve people and help them feel good. One skill that is always in demand is massage therapy and there are schools and certification programs all over the world, teaching a variety of different massage disciplines that can help those who are interested to get their career going. Are you one of those who are interested in a massage therapy career? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get on the fast track to becoming a licensed massage therapist:

What are my areas of interest in the field of massage?

What are my areas of interest in the field of massage?

1) Do I really want to become a massage therapist?

Massage therapy is an extremely rewarding profession for the right individual. It is a great opportunity to help people relax and feel good. However, massage therapy also creates an intimate situation between you and your client; maturity, patience, a willingness to listen and adapt, and a consistently good attitude are paramount to success in the field. Also, good physical and mental stamina are required.

2) What are my areas of interest in the field of massage?

There are a plethora of specialties in the field of massage and most successful massage therapists concentrate in one or more of them. From clinical and sports massage to Swedish and Thai massage, you have an opportunity to really focus in on your specific interests and gain a high level of expertise in them. Paying a visit to a massage therapist for treatment is a great way to figure out your interests. There’s also plenty of information about massage therapy online and in books.

3) What are the licensing requirements for becoming a massage therapist in my jurisdiction?

In the United States, a few jurisdictions have no licensing requirements for massage therapists, while most others have at least some form of requirement. Before beginning your training, makes sure that you understand what the requirements will be when you start working. Again, there is plenty of information online and you can also call your local, county or state government office to find out.

Many massage school require about 500-600 hours of training

Many massage school require about 500-600 hours of training

4) How can I find the right massage therapy training program to suite my interests and needs?

There are certainly a lot of massage therapy schools out there, but like any business that sells a common product, they are not all created equal. Make sure to review a school’s materials carefully, verify any claims they make and ensure that your training will lead to an accredited certification. Make sure that your budget is in line with the school’s tuition; massage schools can be expensive, prohibitively so for some. Perhaps you can look into qualifying for student aid.

5) How long will it take to get trained, certified and licensed?

In the United States, many massage school require about 500-600 hours of training – that’s both classroom and practice. How long that many hours takes depend entirely on how many courses you can take at one time. Once your training is complete, you can get certified in the United States by the National Certification Board of Massage Therapy; certification isn’t always required, but it can open up doors of opportunity. If you need to get licensed in your jurisdiction, immediately after your training is complete is a good time to do so.

6) How can I find a job as a massage therapist?

You need to decide if you are going to open up your own massage practice, or if you are going to work for someone else. If you want to work for someone else, at least to start, your massage school may be the best place to start your job search. Many schools receive job listings that are specifically for placing their students. Additional opportunities can be found in online job databases, at recruiting conventions for spa jobs and even by contacting employers you might be interested in working for directly.

How to Become a Professional Massage Therapist

How can I find a job as a massage therapist?

Massage therapy is undoubtedly a profession on the rise, offering substantial opportunities to hardworking individuals. Developing a rewarding massage therapy career can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, but those who take their training seriously, consistently maintain their ambitions and goals, strive for quality work with each client and have a warm personality will likely find great success.

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