Have you ever considered a career as a Massage Therapist? Are you interested in health and holistic healing? Do you enjoy helping others and feel satisfaction by providing relief to those in need? If so, Massage Therapy might be right for you! Since ancient times, massage has been used to relieve pain and promote healing. As a Massage Therapist you can use your therapeutic touch to provide relaxation, relieve pain and stress, and rehabilitate injuries.
There are many different modalities of massage that you may choose to practice, including:
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Energy Balancing
- Hydrotherapy and Spa Techniques
- Injury Massage / Rehabilitation Techniques
- Myofascial Techniques
- Neuromuscular Massage
- On-Site Chair Massage
- Structural Bodywork
- Swedish (Classic Western) Massage
- Russian Sports Massage
- Sports Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
Massage Therapy training is hands-on and requires hundreds of hours of practice. There is an educational component as well, and students of Massage Therapy find themselves well versed in human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and nutrition. Additionally, students of Massage Therapy learn about Massage theory and history, and of course, massage techniques and practice.
A career in Massage Therapy is a promising one! The field of Massage Therapy is rapidly expanding and certified Massage Therapists are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is projected to grow by 26% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Income varies by experience, location, and type of practice, but the average annual pay for a Massage Therapist in 2017 was $39,990, with some earning much more. A Massage Therapist may be a self-employed independent contractor, or may be employed in a variety of settings including spas and fitness centers, inside medical practices, and with Physical Therapists and Chiropractors. Looking for something more exciting? Massage Therapists might also find employment at hotels, resorts, cruise ships, or with sports teams.
In addition to helping others and earning a good living, there is another fantastic benefit of a career in Massage Therapy- the flexible nature of employment. As a Massage Therapist you can often choose how many days a week to work, or how many massages per week to perform, allowing you to create a schedule that works with your life. As a result, Massage Therapists frequently find they can pursue other passions or part-time jobs as well. This flexibility is also especially appealing to parents of young children.
So are you ready to begin a career as a Massage Therapist? The Massage Therapy program at IBT might be a perfect fit for you! The Institute of Business and Technology, located in Silicon Valley, California, is a California Massage Therapy Council Approved School. Students at IBT complete at nine month hands-on Massage Therapy program with an on-site working clinic. Graduates receive assistance in completing the required documents to become licensed in California and are able to sit for the MBLEX and CAMTC certifications. Plus, every graduate from IBT’s program receives a massage table, including head rest, bolster, carrying case, and a set of sheets- so you’ll be ready to get to work!