Moms Can Work from Home as a Massage Therapist

Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that she had become disillusioned with her corporate career. She said she wanted to make a total change and she’d always wanted to be in a profession where she could help people. We had coffee a couple of times over the weeks that followed, and several times she mentioned pursuing a career in massage therapy. It provided many of the goals she had for her new life path, and before I knew it, she had enrolled in a massage therapy school.

As she looked at all her options, massage therapy stood out for a number of reasons.

  1. As a massage therapist, you typically get to work in a very positive environment. Whether a serene spa atmosphere or a fast-paced clinic, most therapists enjoy knowing they are helping their clients manage pain and stress, and that their clients are happy to see them each and every visit.
  2. More and more people are incorporating massage into their personal health management plans, making massage therapy a burgeoning industry. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is expected to grow by 24% through 2026.
  3. A therapist’s schedule can be quite flexible. Both full and part-time work is available in most settings making it attractive for parents with children, people attending school, or someone wanting to scale back their work weeks.
  4. Massage therapy is an ideal alternative health career if you are a believer a holistic approach to wellness and health. It is an option for people hoping to relieve other’s symptoms without medication or medical intervention. In many cases, it is used alongside more traditional treatments as well, making a massage therapist a part of the treatment team.
  5. You are your own “product”. A massage therapist is really “selling” themselves and their skillset. If you practice, educate yourself, and develop a rapport with your clients, you will not only build your business, but you will also deliver a service the genuinely helps people feel better.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, stress management is one of the most common reasons people seek massage therapy. Benefits from reducing stress through massage therapy include reduced heart rate, lower blood pressure, increased well-being and improvement in digestive disorders, to name a few. That said, a growing body of research supports many other health benefits from massage as well. For example, it has been shown to be effective in treating ailments such as: fibromyalgia, headaches, sports injuries, myofascial pain syndrome and temporomandibular joint pain. Clearly, massage therapy has a multitude of benefits for both healthy individuals as well as people with concerning health conditions.

So, what exactly is massage and how do you become a massage therapist? Most basically, massage is the pressing, rubbing and manipulating of a person’s skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Through these actions, physiological changes in the body occur via the involuntary, relaxation response. Mechanical responses also occur, which are physical effects that happen in the body when pressure is applied to the soft tissues. Through the relaxation and mechanical responses, heart rate tends to slow, blood pressure goes down, stress hormones decrease, serotonin increases, and circulation improves. These effects can produce extraordinary physical and emotional benefits.

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Becoming a massage therapist is actually a relatively straightforward process. Typically, a person will attend a massage therapy school which ranges between 500-1000 hours of training. There is then a licensing or certification requirement in most states which can be applied for following school. After licensure, there are usually continuing education requirements and work experience hours that are needed to keep the license current, however, these vary by state and in some cases, by where you are working. While obviously this is a straightforward process, it takes both time and commitment.

As with many professions, there is also a lot of “on the job” training and/or learning that occurs as you work with clients and begin to specialize in one of the many types of massage. Ranging from deep tissue and trigger point modalities, which tend to be more forceful, to forms that use a lighter touch such as Swedish massage, a practitioner has many options from which to choose. While some find this decision difficult to make, many figure it out by considering what they are most interested in: healing muscles, easing stress, or helping with specific physical ailments.

While some used to consider massage simply a feel-good way to indulge or pamper themselves, it is now considered a powerful tool used by people to take charge of their health and well-being. Whether you’re looking to reinvent yourself, or if it’s the first time you’re thinking about your career options, massage therapy may just be the right path for you!

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