Everyone has their own reasons for wanting a career as a massage therapist. But there are some common benefits that many agree on. One of the top benefits of being a massage therapist? It’s how good you get to feel every day as you see how your skill makes such a positive difference in people’s sense of well-being.

Read on for our top six reasons that massage therapy may be a great career choice for you.

Benefits of being a massage therapist #1: Positive feedback is immediate.

Helping people feel better is a real mood booster. Each time you work on a client, you’re helping lower their stress, reduce stiffness or pain, and improve their range of motion. And when their session ends, most clients will let you know how grateful they are for your expertise. That’s job satisfaction. And as a result, you’re probably headed for a long and satisfying career .

Benefits of being a massage therapist #2: Choose your own schedule.

Massage therapists usually work by appointment only. So that means you can decide which hours and days work best for you and your family. You can build your practice while building the rest of your life at the same time!

About half of American massage therapists choose to work part-time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Reasons for this choice include combining a massage practice with a busy family life and practicing good self-care by limiting your work to four or five massage sessions per day.

Benefits of being a massage therapist #3: Choose your own specialty.

As you go through massage school, you may feel drawn to a particular type of massage. Or you may discover a particular group of people that it seems like you’d prefer to focus on when you graduate. Options include sports massage or deeply relaxing massage for stress reduction. Other specialties include pediatric, geriatric or pregnancy massage, and massage for people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, diabetes, and other conditions.

“Throughout your career, you can take advanced courses to vary the techniques you use as well as the clients you work with” says Ruth Marion, director of Health Works Institute in Bozeman, Montana.

Benefits of being a massage therapist #4: Good income potential.

The average massage therapist in the U.S. earns just under $40,000 a year, the BLS reports. But there are a variety of approaches to increasing your income. These include working in a world-class spa or a high-end resort. Or you could add retail sales to your practice while building your clientele by using affordable social media marketing strategies.

Benefits of being a massage therapist #5: Low start-up costs.

If you choose to go into business for yourself, you don’t need to invest in a pricey suite of offices. Many therapists rent a room in a clinic, spa or salon, says Lindsey Marrow, who teaches business classes at Health Works Institute.

First of all, you’ll need a good portable massage table, which can be purchased for less than $400. And then you’ll need a few accessories. These include a bolster, towels and sheets, a portable towel cabinet, oils, lotions, aromatherapy candles and plenty of relaxing music. And another thing: you’ll need a good supply of professionally produced business cards and brochures.

Therefore, your total startup costs can be as low as $600, Marrow says.

Benefits of being a massage therapist #6: Rising demand for massage therapists.

Massage therapy jobs are expected to grow by a “much faster than average” rate of 24% in the next 8-10 years. That means there’s room for another 37,700 massage therapists in the U.S. by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And the beauty is, as a licensed massage therapist you’ll be in demand almost anywhere you go. So you can set up your own shop or join someone else’s practice. Furthermore, opportunities abound, including at:
• fitness centers
• chiropractic and physical therapy offices
• pain and rehabilitation clinics
• day spas
• medical spas
• cruise ships
• salons
• resorts
• your own massage therapy practice

Want to learn more?

Find out more about the exciting possibilities of enrolling in the nationally accredited massage therapy program at Health Works Institute, Request admissions info here, or contact Megan, our admissions coordinator (and licensed massage therapist) at 406-582-1555 or megan.goodman@healthworks.edu.

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