According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, 72 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (43 percent) or stress (29 percent).
AMTA lists the following 25 reasons for getting a massage .. if you are experiencing one, or more, of these and are not adding massage therapy to your health and wellness routine contact us TODAY to find out how massage therapy can benefit your overall wellness!
Working full time for an employer the massage therapist has the opportunity to receive standard benefits, such as health insurance and vacation time. Often some employers offer additional perks, such as commissions and bonuses, free or discounted massages, continuing education classes and liability insurance.
Many massage therapists work part-time, which gives them time to attend to other activities or even get a second job. Self-employed masseuses also can create their own schedules. This flexibility allows them to take time off work as needed for personal and family appointments or vacations.
Becoming a registered or licensed massage therapist typically requires graduation from an accredited 500-plus hour training program, passing either the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or the NCETM/NCETMB licensing exam offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, passing a background check and paying a fee. Continuing education is typically required for license renewal.
Massage therapists may work independently for a large variety of employers in the personal services and healthcare industries. The environment may be public or private, ranging from spas to hospitals.
Massage therapist may operate their own practices out of their homes or they may rent an office space. They may even travel to their clients’ homes. Alternatively, you may work in spas, fitness centers, and chiropractor or doctor offices.
Massage therapists work by appointment thus being able to set their own schedule to accommodate their lives. As of 2010, only 25 percent of massage therapists worked full-time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Common Types of Massage Therapy
Swedish massage is one of the most common types of massage therapy. It involves using long strokes, kneading tight muscles, applying circular pressure to reach deeper layers of muscle, and tapping the muscles with cupped hands or the edge of the hand.
Deep tissue massage works deeper layers of muscle and tissue and is ideal for relieving chronic pain and tension in the body.
Sports massage uses techniques specific to the athlete’s needs. Before an event, sports massage loosens and prepares muscle for the strain of performance and helps reduce injury. Sports massage also helps the athlete recover faster after an event.
Other Massage Modalities
You can choose to specialize in one or many types of massage. LSMS offers Spotlight Modalities and guest speakers to teach more specialized forms of massage. Some areas of specialties include:
Shiatsu massage and trigger point therapy; which involve using the fingers to apply pressure to the acupuncture points on the body.
Acupressure; uses finger pressure to mobilize chi — or life force energy — at specific spots on the body called acupressure points,
Reflexology; is a type of foot massage used to affect other parts of the body. Thai massage uses a combination of stretching and joint mobilization.
Pregnancy massage; addresses the specific needs of pregnant women.
Aromatherapy; essential oils can provide healing, soothing, and relaxing effects to get the most benefit from your massage session.
Cranialsacral; a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column and sacrum used to release compression in those areas which alleviates stress and pain.
Hot Stones; a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones by placing them on the body, the heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.
Lymphatic Drainage; is a type of massage to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which helps eliminate your body’s waste.
Thai Massage; an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.
Myofascial Release; is manual technique for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body.
LSMS curriculum is 525 hour and 12 months, including a classroom component and many hours of hands-on practice. It is our promise to our students to prepare them for not only the necessary tests but also to assist them in understanding the business aspect of becoming a massage therapist.
Forty-three states and the District of Columbia regulate massage therapists. Some of these states mandate a state license to practice, typically requiring passing an exam offered by a professional organization or passing a state massage therapist exam. A growing number of cities and counties also have massage therapist regulations. Some massage therapists pursue a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork certification.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 20 percent growth in masseuse jobs between 2010 and 2020. The demand is somewhat attributed to a greater recognition of the healing benefits of massage.
Clients pay per hour or per service, and regularly give tips. Massage therapists might earn a moderate income when working for an employer, but they can set their own fees when they work for themselves. The earning potential increases as a masseuse builds a reputation, increases their knowledge, incorporate other modalities into their practice, and the client list grows.
The average annual salary of a massage therapist varies:
$40,350 in May 2012, according to the BLS, or $19.40 per hour. The top 10 percent made more than $70,140 annually.
Some of the highest earning are in Nursing care facilities with an average of $56,790, according to 2012 BLS data.
Those employed by technical schools and offices of physicians made $51,060 and $50,520 per year, respectively.
Massage therapists earned salaries closer to the national average of $40,350 at offices of health practitioners — $43,410 annually.
Offices of health practitioners include massage clinics or other medical facilities where they work.
Massage therapists made $37,980 in the personal care services industry — health spas, for example.
In 2012, massage therapists earned the highest salaries of $84,120 in Alaska, according to the BLS, and the second-highest salaries of $58,050 in Vermont. They made $53,760 in the state of Washington, while those in Delaware averaged $51,540. Hawaii employers paid their massage therapists $40,630, which is closer to the national average for all massage therapists. In California and Colorado, massage therapists earned $39,770 and $37,170, respectively. Nevada paid the lowest salaries for massage therapists, among the states listed — $28,150. In 2016,
160,300 people were employed in the U.S. as massage therapists.
Are you struggling to make ends meet with your regular job? Is the idea of wealth foreign to you?
If you are like the millions of people roaming this world, you are sometimes unsatisfied with your work-life commitments. Sure, the pay is good (or not) and the benefits are there (or not) but sometimes you can’t help but feel…lacking in some way and definitely in the wealth area.
In the movie “Wall Street”, Michael Douglas played a notorious investor who uttered those famous words, “Greed is Good.” Unfortunately as trending as that line was, it did alot to paint wealth and financial success in a negative light. I mean, who wants to achieve wealth and be seen as greedy or materialistic?
Creating wealth in your life is not a bad thing. It is helpful to you, your family and your way of living. Imagine a day where you receive bills and don’t have to worry about how you will pay them? Imagine wanting to take your kids to a movie and not having to worry about it because you can. Let’s change it then! Wealth and increasing your personal wealth is good. You can become the provider you always wanted to be.
Do you feel lacking in purpose and want to contribute to the world?
Aside from wealth accumulation, what if I told you there is also a way out of the humdrum and monotony of your current situation? A way to increase your wealth each month AND develop a sense of personal fulfillment and soul happiness? There is.
Many people invest their time and money into developing a second career to help with the weight of their current bills and also provide space for creative expression. Most of us living in the DMV area hold prestigious jobs in the government community, which allow little to no self expression. A second job that expresses your interests can do more than add to your bank account, it can also bring life back to you.
There are many avenues you can go down to creating a secondary income and redefining your work life. For some, the second job becomes a satisfying hobby that brings in a little wealth each month; for others, it can be the transition they have been waiting for to smoothly exit out of their current positions while maintaining the income stream.
One of the few growing industries and little known secrets is the career of massage therapy. Here are some interesting and factual statements to consider from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-21017 and the 2015 Massage Profession Research Report from American Massage Therapy Association :
According to the 2015 Massage Profession Research Report from the American Massage Therapy Association, the number of practicing massage therapists grew by approximately 32% over the last decade.
The United States Department of Labor projects that employment opportunities for massage therapists will grow much faster than average from 2014 to 2024.
Approximately 32.6 million Americans received a total of about 140 million massages in 2014
92% of Americans believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain and 91% believe that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness.
Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the country in 2015.
By comparison in 2005, massage therapy was projected to be a $6 to $11 billion a year industry.
It is estimated that there are 300,000 to 350,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States.
From 2011 to 2015, revenue from alternative health care providers, which includes massage therapists, increased by 14 percent, and employment increased 19 percent. Revenue growth is projected to continue at an average rate of 3.6 percent per year through 2020.
Between July 2014 and July 2015, roughly 39.1 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once.
I can tell you from personal experience as a licensed Massage Therapist and the owner ofLotus Wellness Center that these statistics and projections are on point. I have watched my business steadily grow in clientele and finances over the years from a meager start in 2008 to the booming business it is now.
But enough about the money part of this talk. What about the feelings?
Entertain me for a second. Imagine your work day at your current job. You probably had a long commute, stuck in traffic, get to work where there is alot of noise (staff, customers, work environment), tedious meetings, irritating coworkers and demanding bosses. You deal with this for 6-8 hours a day every day and then jump into traffic and get home so late and tired, there is no room or effort to do something else.
Let’s switch the script. You own a massage practice from home in this scenario. You wake up when you want to, and come downstairs and workout in your living room or do some yoga and meditation. Make yourself breakfast and take a relaxing shower while listening to your favorite station on Pandora before heading to your home office where you begin your day. You see your first client and as you set the room with aromatherapy, relaxing music and a soothing environment…you think for a split second, “Wow my life is amazing.” At the end of the session, your client is immensely grateful to you for removing the stress of life from their muscles and pays you what you asked for. You say goodbye, book them a follow up appointment and then head out the door to run errands.
Even if half of that is not the reality of what your practice could be, even some of it is welcomed at this time. Am I right?
You might think to yourself it is too late to start a second career or I am too old for that. Well according to AMTA you might be right in the vicinity of the norm. What does the average massage therapist have in common with you?
Most likely to enter the massage therapy profession as a second career.
Predominantly female (86 percent).
At a median age of 45 years old. Twenty-one percent were younger than 35 in 2015.
Most likely to be sole practitioners.
Working an average of 20 hours a week providing massage.
Likely to provide massage therapy in a number of settings, including clients space, their own office, a health care setting, health club/athletic facility, or massage therapy only franchise or chain.
Yes starting a second career can be a daunting idea and something as serious and professional as massage therapy might be terrifying but the old adage applies here: What you put into it, you get out of it. If you learn a new hobby that takes one hour to learn and try to create that as your second career, you can get but so far. If you invest in your future by taking the necessary courses and action now, you can expect to reap the benefits later. By statistics and my own personal account, massage therapy is not going away, in fact it is becoming a popular trend that continues to grow and flourish with each coming year. Consider these statements:
Fifty-two percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2014 and July 2015 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness.
Ninety-one percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
In July 2015, more than fifty-one million American adults (16 percent) had discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers in the previous year.
Of those who discussed massage with their doctor or health care provider, 69 percent of their doctors or health care providers referred them to a therapist/strongly recommended massage therapy/encouraged them to get a massage.
While physicians led the way in recommending massage (54 percent vs. 59 percent in 2014), chiropractors (46 percent vs. 49 percent in 2014) and physical therapists (37 percent vs. 43 percent in 2014) also recommended massage therapy when their patients discussed it with them.
Nearly two-thirds of adult Americans (65 percent) would like to see their insurance cover massage therapy.
As much as I love providing massage for stress release and relaxation for my clients, the astounding benefits of this modality cannot go unnoticed. AMTA’s research found that massage therapy is effective for a whole host of issues including but not limited to:
Low back pain
Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
Lowering blood pressure
Reducing headache frequency
Decreasing pain in cancer patients
Can you imagine providing a service and getting paid to help people with pain relief and stress management? How awesome would that feel to do something worthy and contribute to society in a meaningful way?
At this time you are probably considering a second career in massage therapy, I mean why not? After the school and taking the exam, you can look forward to forming a lucrative business that:
Adds to your income & wealth
Adheres to your schedule
You own and become a boss at!
So what does it entail to become a massage therapist?
In the State of Virginia, you are required to complete a 500 hour massage therapy program and pass the MBLEX exam. There are a variety of schools offering different variations of this requirement and you can choose one based off of your schedule and budget.
In Manassas, Lotus Signature Massage School recently opened their doors in 2017 to accept students for their first ever massage therapy certification program. In this school, the school runs on a module system with a total of 515 hours so students can join in any month and still accomplish their education within 14 months. The cost is $7,200…a welcome break for new students as other schools in the area offer programs of 600+ hours and cost over $10,000. Classes run on Monday evenings and two weekends a month which is around most working people schedules. Imagine that? Developing a second career and making the transition to a soul satisfying career without a break in life.
If you are considering starting a second career in Massage Therapy, I recommend Lotus Signature Massage School for a variety of reasons:
1) The cost. Because this is a new school forming, the significant drop in tuition fees (savings $3,000) is a welcome bonus to anyone who wants to transition from their former career without breaking the bank. Obviously fees will go up in following years but for the lucky few coming in this year, it’s a deal that cannot be replicated. You can start a new career for $7,200 this year!
2) Small classes. Small classes mean individualized and personal attention that is lacking in larger classes.
3) The Faculty. Both faculty members have been in the massage field over ten years and both own their own businesses. They have each worked in a variety of settings and bring academic and real world knowledge to the program. Students will understand and learn about massage therapy in a professional and realistic way.
4) Location. With several school closings in the area, this school is the nearest and most convenient location for anyone in the Manassas/Prince William county area. Other schools are located close to DC or Richmond and can be a pain to get to during the week and on weekends.
A Final Note…
Whether you are moved to begin a career in massage therapy or not, one message is clear that you really do need to consider. For most people, having one source of income is not enough both financially and spiritually. Multiple streams of income allow you to diversify your financial basket, create wealth and also create opportunities for soul growth and creative expression.
So if you are not happy where you are right now, can add to your wealth a little bit more, start thinking and writing down ideas that make your soul happy. Massage therapy was mine, what’s yours?
Uma Alexandra Beepat is the owner of Lotus Wellness Center and Lotus Signature Massage School in Manassas, VA. To find out more about Uma, visit www.umalotusflower.com