Becoming a Massage Therapist

When you consider a career as a massage therapist, there are few things to keep in mind as you make your decision.  With little research into potential programs and state requirements you will be able to find the right school for your goals.  This will ultimately save you time and money.

Be sure to consider the educational requirements put forth by the state where you live.  In Colorado, completing a 600 hour massage therapy program will prepare you to take and pass the board certification exam.  Typically, completing a 600 hour program can take up to 6 months or more. So know how much time you are willing to commit to your training.

No matter where you decide to work after you complete your program, you need to remember that ultimately you will be running your own small business.  It’s important to bring a high level of quality and attention to each client that you see.  In order to maintain and get new clients, you must become adept at honing marketing and networking efforts.

It might be helpful to begin practicing in a medical setting, salon or spa in order to gain some exposure as a skilled massage therapist.

Earning potential can vary based on where you work.  As a massage therapist, you generally will not work 40 hours a week as this can be quite physically taxing.  You will find that you have the freedom and flexibility to create your own schedule.

Becoming a massage therapist can be an incredibly rewarding career, giving you the opportunity to create a space of healing for your clients.  Knowing your goals or even writing a mission statement will give you a clear path to what you wish to accomplish as you embark on your new career.