Massage Therapy: A Worthy Profession
Massage therapy is the 5th fastest growing profession in America, according to a USA Today article from September, 2013. With a median annual pay just under $36,000, massage therapists have earned their place in the mainstream medical profession. A large number of health-minded adults increasingly turn to professional massage therapists to aide in their physical and mental well-being. Settings include dental and medical offices, in addition to massage clinics, fitness centers and spas.
In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a growth spurt of 23% (much faster than average) over the next ten years, resulting in an additional 30,000 jobs.
Massage therapists typically do the following:
• Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
• Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
• Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
• Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture
• Document client’s condition and progress
The report forecasts increased job opportunities within nursing homes and assisted-living facilities as more states adopt licensing requirements and insurance companies see the cost savings of massage for preventative and rehabilitative healthcare. As a result, medical providers are referring more patients to massage therapists and prescribing massage as part of their treatment plans.
In Georgia, applicants for a license in massage therapy must complete a minimum of 500 hours of course and clinical work, in addition to passing the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or equivalent. The Directors of Cohutta Healing Arts Institute increased their student requirements to 755 hours, to ensure they’d be fully prepared for employment as soon as they are licensed.
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Massage therapy is more than just a career path. It’s a journey into healing and wholeness…for yourself and others. Contact us today to receive a student massage or register for classes.
Located in Ellijay, Georgia, the CHAI School of Massage provides a comprehensive massage therapy educational program that focuses on comprehension of the human body, massage theory and history, proficient massage therapy techniques, ethical business practices and client-centered care. For more details visit: www.cohuttahealingarts.com.