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30-Sep. 2009

Massage Therapist as a Health Care Career

An integral component of health care has to do with the follow up care that is delivered to patients after they have received some kind of traumatic injury.  There are also some medical conditions that require certain types of ongoing treatment.  Massage therapists can help in both of these areas.

Here is the low-down on what Massage Therapists do:

“Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques. Some use exaggerated strokes ranging the length of a body part, while others use quick, percussion-like strokes with a cupped or closed hand. A massage can be as long as 2 hours or as short as 5 or 10 minutes. Usually, the type of massage given depends on the client’s needs and the client’s physical condition. For example, therapists may use special techniques for elderly clients that they would not use for athletes, and they would use approaches for clients with injuries that would not be appropriate for clients seeking relaxation. There are also some forms of massage that are given solely to one type of client, for example prenatal massage and infant massage.” - From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

With such a diverse range of modalities, it is easy to see why this health care career is one of the fastest growing segments of the health care industry.  Job growth is expected to be much higher than average, and given the state of the economy and the job situation, now is the ideal time to consider this kind of career.  Employment is expected to grow by 20% per year.

A true advantage for Massage Therapists is the environment in which they work.  They can be found in hospitals and clinics of course, but many Massage Therapists work on a freelance basis and develop their own appointments and schedules based on referrals.  They can also be found at airports, spas and fitness centers.  The locations are almost limited by the imagination.

Every state has different licensure requirements but the essential starting point for anyone interested in doing this as a career is to find a school with a solid history of providing excellent training.  We have schools like that listed here.  The best way to move forward is to request information from one of our schools through the tabs on the left side of this page.

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