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More Questions On Massage Therapy

May 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Aromatherapy

Steven asks…

Massage Therapy?

I’m in to my 3rd year of college and still havent found a major. I was looking up massage therapy and was wondering if someone could fill me in on all the details. I would like to know how much they make, how many days they work, and any other important details if possible.

admin answers:

Thanks for asking.

If you ask 10 massage therapists this question, you’ll get 10 answers. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask, but don’t expect that to be the end of your research.

Let’s take another career field as an example: hair stylist. Most don’t make much more than minimum wage by the time they figure out their hours. But, a few make over $50,000 a year. What’s the difference? It’s not because they work more hours… It’s either because they service their clients better or they do a better job of marketing themselves or both. The same could be said of a waitress/waiter. It’s not what you do. It’s how well you do it, AND what you contribute to the marketplace that people desire!

Forget about choosing a career based on what you think will be the best place to make money. Choose a career based on what appeals to you & that people with money will gladly pay for – over and over.


Lisa asks…

massage therapy?

does anyone think massage therapy is a proffession that can be taken seriously? i really want to take massage therapy and my sister thinks it is for sluts and whores. i don’t think so. i am 21 and pregnant. lol. i will take the class after i have my baby. what do you think?

admin answers:

First of all, your sister needs to take a step back and breathe! As a certified massage therapist (and state certified massage instructor) I can assure you that this is a legitimate career.

I’ve worked in this field, happily, “full time” since 1999. Part of that time I carried my household financially (until I married a great guy in 2004). Living in Southern California, owning my own home, I can assure you, the money is there WITHOUT crossing any lines of professional behavior.

If you have good training this career is easy on your body – despite what someone else indicated. Body mechanics are the key to avoiding problems with your own body.

Some of the benefits of this career include the ability to work for yourself if you prefer, set your own hours, and work only a few hours a day for excellent money.

One of my recent students is 21 and has a 14 month old son. She completed her basic studies (including anatomy and physiology – which are not really that hard) – and she is just finishing up her intern hours now. She has a few elective courses to complete and then she’ll be certified.

She’s already been offered more than one job whens he certifies – including one starting at $55 an hour. Believe it or not, for private clients that’s a little low.

Yes, day spas, chiropractors, physical therapists and gyms give you the smallest cut of the pie (so to speak) – but if you find good ones, they’ll allow you to build a private clientele also – which is where the real money and flexibility comes in.

I work part time for 2 chiropractors – one of them I come in 2 afternoons a week for only about 2 hours at a time. The other I’m only there one afternoon every other week – because this is what has worked for me. We’ll be trying something new in 2007 and I’ll be there one morning a week for 4 hours.

Those jobs are ‘low paying’ in the field – I only make $30 an hour. I’ve worked at day spas for that price also, but currently don’t have the time.

My private appointments take up many evenings. I choose to take off Friday afternoon until Sunday morning as my “weekend” and I take Tuesday off usually. My private clientele pays anywhere from $70 – $120 an hour – depending on the location (my location or commuting to them) and depending on modality – Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy etc.

You work your hours around your child and child care situation. You are paid by private clients at the time of each session – so there’s a lot of cash flow in the business. Admittedly spas and the like usually pay twice a month.

Many clients give tips – even at spas and medical offices – so again, it helps with the cash flow if money is tight. My 21 year old student uses her tips to pay for the gas to get where she’s got to be (currently at the school clinic), so she’s not usually out anything even tho each school requires their students to participate in a clinic for practical experience.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Don’t hestitate to contact me if you have more questions.

Betty asks…

Massage therapy…?

Does anyone know anything about massage therapy as of qualifications? Do you just automatically go to a massage therapy school after high school, or do you have to get basic college work done?? If anyone knows anything, that would be great! Thanks. : ]

admin answers:

College work is not required but most massage schools will require a high school diploma or equivalent. Make sure you evaluate at least three schools. Make appointments and sit in on classes and talk to students and professors. The tone of a school is very important. There is a good guide to choosing a massage school at the link below.

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