5 Reasons to Become a Massage Therapist

The field of massage therapy is an important part of the health and wellness industry

Massage therapy is fast becoming a mainstream service, with massage franchises opening in many towns and cities. People are discovering the benefits of receiving a massage, whether simply as a way to de-stress, or as a way to heal from an injury or medical condition. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to become a massage therapist? Would massage therapy school be a good choice for you? Take some time, and learn about this career field, and consider these 5 great benefits:

1. Massage therapy school takes less than one year
If you are looking for a quick-start career, massage therapy could fit the bill. Most massage therapy training programs take less than one year to complete. Take a look at the career schools in your region, and see if there is a program near you. When looking at schools, be sure to find a school that is accredited. Take a tour of the school, think about what you are looking for, make a list of questions, and take your time in making the right decision.

2. Massage therapists tend to have happy customers
While some careers require you to work with unhappy customers and respond to a lot of complaints, the field of massage therapy is different. This is a field where you are making your clients feel better. People tend to look forward to their massage appointments, and leave feeling even better than when they arrived. Most therapists find this to be a very rewarding feeling to know that they have happy customers. Over time, as you develop a base of repeat customers, you will find that you can develop relationships with your “regulars,” which is also a great perk of the job.

3. The hours can be flexible
Unlike healthcare jobs where you may have to work 12-hour overnight shifts, or office jobs where you have to work 9 to 5 every weekday, the hours of a massage therapist can be flexible. You will typically need to work evening hours and weekend hours, since that is when most people prefer to get massages, but the hours usually end by early evening. You may also sometimes have daytime hours, depending on your schedule.

4. You will stay in good shape
Jobs that require you to sit at a desk all day can be bad for your health. A number of recent studies have shown that sitting too long is not good for you, and as a massage therapist, you will not have to worry about that! You will be getting exercise during every massage you deliver. Massages are usually 50 minutes long, and require a great deal of upper body and hand strength. You will be proud of the muscles in your arms and hands! But remember, massage therapists can also be prone to injury if they are not careful.  Be sure to follow safety measures, and to make it a priority to take care of yourself.

5. You’ve got options
Once you have received your massage therapy training, you will have options as to what kind of facility you want to work in. There are massage spas, like Massage Envy and Hand and Stone, as well as smaller independent massage businesses. You may also want to look for work in physical therapy offices, pain clinics, long-term care facilities, hotels, and vacation resorts. Sometimes massage therapists even find jobs on cruise ships! Now, that’s the life!

If a career in massage therapy is calling your name, we hope this article has helped you get an idea of some of the benefits of this career field.

This article is an installment on the Branford Hall Career Institute weekly blog. Our school offers a massage therapy training program, as well as many other career choices. If you live in the New England area, visit us online to hear more about our programs.