So, you want a career in Massage Therapy? Have you envisioned yourself working alongside physiotherapists, chiropractors and other health professionals? How about providing your massage therapy services to elite athletes and sports teams? Have you dreamed of traveling to exotic locations and working at exclusive spas?
Perhaps you have benefited from a relaxation or therapeutic massage, or have seen a family member or friend benefit. Maybe it looks like fun, and you like the idea of being paid a hefty fee per hour. Or, maybe you are a gentle soul who wants to help others.
You can do all of this and more with a massage therapy career. It's an interesting and exciting profession, where you have the opportunity to meet a wonderful variety of people, whether you work in SmallTown, North America, or go as far as Thailand to work in a spa. If you are willing to work at it, it can be a profession that can change your life.
Whatever your reason for wanting a job as a massage therapist, and there are many, before you jump in with both feet it's a good idea to investigate your motivation. As a former massage therapy educator, I have seen so many students come through my door brimming with optimism and, often, unrealistic expectations. The unrealistic expectations usually come from seeing the profession through rose-coloured glasses. Well, folks, I'm here to set the record straight, the good, the bad and the not-so-fantastic. I highly recommend that you receive at least one or more professional massages, and get into the student teaching clinic of a massage therapy college in your area (or the one you are thinking of attending). Before you get on the massage therapy career highway, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. more ...
Massage Therapy Salaries
It is a very common, and sensible, question: "What is the typical massage therapy starting salary?" When considering a career, unless you have the privelege of being independantly wealthy, then you are going to have to be able to live off of the avails of your work effort. This will involved being paid for your services, and most massage therapists are paid salaries, commission, hourly fees or a combination of the above.
From a client's perspective, it is very easy to see a huge fluctuation in the dollar amount per hour that is charged for massage therapy. more...
Massage Therapy Jobs - Employee or Contractor?
Upon graduating from a massage therapy school, a new therapist often has a variety of options available when it comes to getting started in his or her chosen career. Options for massage therapy jobs will vary from the massage therapist being an employee, to the therapist being a contractor. It is easy to get swept away by job offers - but is everything really coming up roses? more ...
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