Between natural disasters and the upcoming presidential election, America is literally hunched over with worry. If that’s not bad enough, 40 percent of U.S. workers report that their job is “very or extremely stressful,” according to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health*. There is good news, however, for as stress goes up, so do opportunities for trained massage therapists whose job it is to rub the worry away.
Massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the U.S. in 2015, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), but the future looks even brighter.** The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment in massage therapy will have grown 22% between 2014 and 2024.***
However, stress and worry aren’t the only things driving folks to the massage table. Changing attitudes about massage and its benefits are also playing a role.
Baby boomers are aging and are seeking alternative ways to stay healthy They question things more than the generation before them. They want extended lifespan, and they don’t want to be getting surgery after surgery and be on all kinds of medications. Massage helps with all that.
An AMTA survey revealed that about 72 percent of consumers consider massage to be a form of health care. More than half of the 39 million Americans massaged in 2015 did so for medical reasons including pain management, chronic muscle spasms, injury recovery, and even pregnancy and pre-natal care. Stress relief accounted for 33 percent of all visits, and 11 percent said they just wanted to be pampered.**
If you are looking for a career where you can have quality of life and be able to help people too, consider the programs at European Massage Therapy School. Break into this growing and rewarding vocation. Contact our Las Vegas or Skokie (Chicago) Campuses at (888) 230-3897.