Are you thinking about a career in Massage Therapy? Here is a list from our office staff and other therapists of why they became massage therapists:
1. A career to serve others: If you have a passion for helping others, this is a great career for you. Each massage can show you miracles of healing, of the human spirit & the amazing human body, spirituality & a powerful healing of touch. This is the good part and most rewarding part of this profession.
2. Flexible schedule: Once you are established, and even when you are becoming established, the hours you choose to work are up to you. Maybe you want to work full time, even 60+ hours per week…you can do this. And, if massage therapy might be a part time gig for you, bringing in extra cash while you raise a family or go to school, this could work too. The schedule is very flexible. This is another great reward of massage therapy.
3. A space to be calm in an otherwise stressful lifestyle: Many of the therapists we spoke with said that they like to use Massage Therapy as a way to be calm in their otherwise overwhelmed life. When therapists are running from one activity, class or job to another, giving a massage can be very calming and rewarding in a spiritually peaceful sense.
4. Cause positive change for others: A very rewarding aspect of being a Massage Therapist is the pride, excitement, joy and relief when your clients feel better for extended periods of time. These changes that you facilitate are not just for 1-2 days but for weeks and months, empowering your clients with good health. A trust is built between you and these clients that is powerful. With this trust comes responsibility and loyalty. For you, being loyal to your client’s true needs will be as important as their loyalty to you. It’s like winning a championship on the same team together…this feeling never goes away.
5. Create safe, compassionate & relaxing spaces for others: There are not many places that we, as adults, can go and just be quiet, still, safe. Many irons prod at us all. As a Massage Therapist, you get to create that quiet, safe space for your clients. What is relaxing to you might not be relaxing to everyone, but the people who do find your style relaxing and rejuvenating will find you. Once your space is created, treat it as a sanctuary, with quiet, respect, loving thoughts & deeds at all times. You will pray in this space, cry in this space, focus in this space and heal in this space. So enjoy this precious opportunity that not many professions experience. Your massage room will become an area where your clients feel instantly at ease. They are able to talk about things no one else will ever hear, to cry, laugh, breath and let go.
6. Express creativity: Each massage is like a blank canvas. There is the “square” massage we are all taught in massage school. This “square” is important and serves as the basic borders of where to start. But each person is different and unique. There is no exception to this rule with Massage Therapists. Each Massage Therapist will move just a bit differently for the same problem with which they are presented. In this sense, no picture of a massage would ever be the same, even from the same therapist. You can try starting at the feet or back, the neck or head. You can use deep pressure, light pressure, rocking, compressions, etc, etc. It is never boring. Change the music you listen to during your massage, try more or less lighting. Change the colors in your room or the weight of your blankets or sheets. Use aromatherapy oils, hot stones or ice. Expressing yourself through massage is extremely unique.
7. Connect with people in a safe & healthy way: There is a clear boundary with massage. You are the healing facilitator and your client is trusting you to guide them to a healthier being. This takes tremendous energy on your part, and integrity, honesty, respect, honor, love & compassion. There is no healthier relationship than this. Together you will experience laughter, ah ha moments for both of you, amazement, and mutual respect & gratitude. Ask a Massage Therapist to describe the relationships they have with 2 of their most profound clients and you will see deep appreciation.