50 hrs Anatomy and Physiology
10 hrs First Aid and CPR
50 hrs Sports and Western Swedish/Circulatory Massage
15 hrs Shiatsu and Thai massage
25 hrs Contraindications, Business, Communication and Ethics
The many benefits of massage include:
- Sooths anxiety and depression
- Decrease blood pressure
- Decrease stress levels
- Helps you feel better and eases pain
- Improves sleep
- Boosts immunity
- Curbs headaches
- Increases blood flow
- Benefits PTSD, cancer patients and numerous illness’s
Working in the field of Massage Therapy
- Massage Therapy employable positions range from working in all types of Spas, Clinics, Chiropractor offices or renting your own space and are located all over the city. (Renting your own space includes having your own table and oils etc. Working for someone else, they usually supply everything.)
- The pay range is anywhere from $18-$30 per hour (usually plus tip).
- All of the advertisements required California State Certificate and some required the NCBTMB (National Exam).
- Some also required experience, but the majority did not.
Today’s therapists are…• Most likely to enter the massage therapy profession as a second career.• Predominantly female (85 percent).• In their early 40s, on average.• Most likely to be members of a professional organization.• Most likely to be sole practitioners• Working an average of 15 hours a week. (Excludes time spent on other business tasks such as billing, bookkeeping, supplies, maintaining equipment, marketing, scheduling, etc.)• Charging an average of $59 for one hour session.• Earning an average wage of $47 an hour (including tips) for all massage related work.• Heavily dependent on repeat clients.• Likely to provide therapy in a number of settings, including clients home/office, spa/salon, their own office, a healthcare setting, health club/athletic facility, or m. therapy only franchise or chain.• Use an average of seven modalities/techniques• Eighty-seven percent (87 percent) of therapists provide Swedish massage, followed by 85 percent who provide deep tissue, 54 percent trigger point, and 53 percent sports massage.
Massage Therapy as a Career• In 2011, the average annual income for a therapist (including tips) was estimated to be $21,028. 5• While therapists work in a variety of work environments, sole practitioners account for the largest percentage of practicing therapists (73 percent). Fifty percent work at least part of their time at a client’s home/business/corporate setting or their home, 29 percent in a spa setting and 29 percent in a healthcare setting, 5• Eighty-three percent of massage therapists started practicing massage therapy as a second career.5• Sixty percent of bodywork therapists say they would like to work more hours than they presently do.5• More than half of massage therapists (53 percent) also earn income working in another profession.5• Of those bodywork therapists who earn income working in another profession 23 percent work as a business/professional, 22 percent work in health care while 18 percent practice other forms of bodywork.
Education and Credentials in the Bodywork Therapy Profession• There are more than 350 accredited therapy schools and programs in the United States.• Today there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified therapists and bodyworkers. To become nationally certified, a massage therapist must demonstrate mastery of core skills and knowledge, pass an exam, uphold the standards of practice and code of ethics of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and take part in continuing education.9• Therapists have an average of 619 hours of initial training.5• The vast majority of therapists (91 percent) have taken continuing education classes. Therapists take an average of 19 hours of continuing education per year.5• The most popular choices for continuing education in 2011 were ethics, advanced training for specific modalities, and research.