Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the U.S.A. in 2015. As a matter of fact, massage therapist employment is expected to grow 22% by 2024. One reason that the industry is growing so significantly is because the benefits of this type of healing are becoming widely accepted by many factions of the medical world. Physicians lead the way in recommending massage, but many chiropractors and physical therapists also recommend massage therapy when their patients discuss it with them.
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Low back pain
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Reducing post-operative pain
- Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
- Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing headache frequency
- Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Decreasing pain in cancer patients
Massage therapy is one of the few professions that allow you to truly make a difference in your own life and the lives of others every day. It is also a very flexible career that you can feel passionate about while making a good income.
One of the greatest benefits of a career in massage therapy is the flexibility to pursue other passions like parenthood, continuing education, other arts, or part-time careers. In most working environments, you can choose the number of days you work or the number of massages you would like to perform every week to create a schedule that works with your life.
Income levels for massage therapists vary by location, experience and type of practice. Hourly rates for an experienced massage therapist can range from $40 – $60/hr or more.
Read more about this growing field at: https://www.amtamassage.org/professional_development/starting.html
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a licensed massage therapist, contact the European Massage Therapy School to schedule your no-obligation campus tour. At your campus tour appointment we’ll show you around our facility, provide more information about our program and financial aid options (for those who qualify), and answer any questions you may have. Visit http://www.school-for-massage.com/schedule-a-campus-tour/ or call 702-462-5064 (Las Vegas Campus) or 847-673-7595 (Chicago/Skokie Campus) to make an appointment.
Our Las Vegas Campus’ next session is a night class starting August 22nd. The next session of day classes starts October 3rd. Don’t miss this opportunity to enter into one of the fastest growing fields in the health sector!