Career of a Massage Therapist
Once an individual is qualified to be a massage therapist, he or she will be faced with a lot of different choices when it comes to finding a career in the field. Some individuals will go into business for themselves, building up a client basis and working from scratch, while others will go to work in massage parlors, spas, fancy hotels, rehabilitation centers, physical therapy settings, or various other environments. Wherever one goes to work, however, it is important to understand the daily challenges that massage therapists face and the daily triumphs they experience.
A Day in the Life of a Massage Therapist?
Not every massage therapist will go about his or her day in the same way. The type of work environment one has chosen greatly affects one’s day to day life and what one’s particular challenges will be. An independent masseuse will likely spend the day going to appointments in people’s homes or having people come into his or her home. While this individual will have more freedom and flexibility when it comes to scheduling, he or she may have difficulty filling each day with enough appointments or with maintaining a consistent client base. Therapists working in parlors or spas will have a tighter schedule, but as long as they do their jobs well, a full one with very steady pay. Those working in hospitals or other medical and therapeutic environments will likely have hectic schedules that vary from day to day, but they will be among the most well paid in the field.
It is easy to see then that the type of career one chooses greatly affects the type of life he or she will have. Individuals must decide what type of lifestyle they most want and then plan their massage therapy careers accordingly.
Daily Tasks of a Massage Therapist:
Many people are curious about the daily tasks a massage therapist will perform. These also change depending on the environment in which one works, of course, but some of these remain constant. Daily tasks will often involve greeting clients, finding out their needs and other reasons why they are seeking massage therapy, setting the right environment and mood for the massage to take place, giving the massage, and sometimes talking with the client if he or she desires.
Of course, these tasks are very general and do not list all the things that some massage therapists will have to do each day. Independent therapists will spend a great deal of time driving to clients’ homes or preparing their home for the clients, while those working in establishments with more rigid rules will be subject to the schedule and daily requirements of the establishment.
It is very important for massage therapists to work in environments where they feel comfortable and to complete daily tasks that they enjoy. The only way to figure out which career path one should go down is to assess one’s own needs and wants and strengths and weaknesses. Individuals should study and consider just about every option in the field before making an educated decision.