What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is the use of touch to promote general health and well-being. Massage is one of the oldest methods of healing, dating back nearly 4,000 years. Today, the massage therapy field is growing rapidly, both in demand for licensed massage therapists and in job opportunities. Increasingly, people are seeking the therapeutic benefits of massage to reduce stress and alleviate pain.
Careers in massage therapy
The UWS massage therapy certificate program prepares you to start a career in 12 months. Whether you want to work in a spa, health care clinic or own your own business, the career paths for a licensed massage therapist are extensive.
Massage therapists can pursue career paths in:
- hospital care
- physical therapy
- medical clinic
- chiropractic clinic
- naturopathy clinic
- corporate massage
- beauty and wellness
- sports massage
- rehabilitation centers
- health and fitness clubs
- Employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent by 2020, faster than average for all occupations. U.S. Department of Labor
- Massage therapists working in their client’s homes make an average of $72.55 per hour. Those working in massage only franchises and chains make an average of $20.33 per hour.
- On average, massage therapists work 25.3 hours per week.
- 82 percent of massage therapists started practicing as a second career.
- The majority of massage therapists own their own business.
- 91 percent of individuals view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness.