Massage Therapy Jobs
One of the most popular fields of holistic healing is massage therapy. According to massagetoday.com, massage therapy refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body.
Massage therapy is a beneficial form of therapy that:
- relaxes the whole body
- loosens tight muscles
- relieves tired and aching muscles
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- diminishes chronic pain
- calms the nervous system
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers heart rate
- enhances skin tone
- assists in recovery from injuries and illness
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces tension headaches
- reduces mental stress
- improves concentration
- promotes restful sleep
- aids in mental relaxation
- (RE: massagetoday.com)
Massage Therapy Education
Individuals interested in massage therapy education should enroll in a massage therapy or other therapeutic-oriented program. These programs are often offered by vocational schools, community colleges, and some universities.
Many states recommend massage therapy programs of at least 500 hours training for licensure and certification.
Massage Therapy Careers
Massage therapy is considered a growing field. With many career choices and opportunities to work in private or public practice, those wanting to get into the massage therapy field face an optimistic future. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage therapists are likely to see a 20% to 35% increase in job opportunities.
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Massage therapists are usually self-employed, but they can also work with other health professionals in alternative health clinics. In the public sector massage therapists also find work in spas, health clubs, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.
The amount of money a massage therapist can earn varies with experience and specific field.
- The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
- The Massage Therapy Foundation
- Massage Therapy Careers