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MASSAGE THERAPY
Industry Possibilities

By Alex Gabennesch 

Massage therapists enjoy many options when it comes to shaping their career. Professional settings vary widely across the massage therapy industry. In fact, a 2021 survey by the American Massage Therapy Association reveals that 34 percent of clients received their massage at a practitioner’s oce, 24 percent at a massage franchise, and 7 percent at a practitioner’s home. Still, other massage therapists treat patients anywhere from physicians’ oces to even aboard cruise ships or at professional sporting events. Work hours are another flexible component of massage therapy. Some practitioners treat clients according to a traditional nine-to-five schedule. Yet other massage therapists, like those at a clinic, may oer services part-time or only on weekends. This makes massage therapy a great option for individuals looking to add income alongside other sources of earnings.

Given the wide range of work setting and scheduling options, the vast number of treatment services a massage therapist can offer should come as no surprise. For example, massage therapy has been shown to ease symptoms experienced by cancer patients. In 2018 the Emory University School of Medicine studied levels of fatigue among cancer patients receiving massage treatment versus patients on a wait-list control group. The study found a significant reduction in fatigue among patients who received massage therapy services over the course of six weeks. In contrast, the researchers observed a fatigue increase among the

wait-list control group. Other cancer-related symptoms treated by massage therapy include lymphedema, depression, nausea, and pain. But the list of benefits doesn’t stop there. According to the University of California San Francisco, massage therapy can also treat stress-related tension, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, and diabetes among numerous conditions. This type of unique flexibility is one of the top reasons individuals decide to pursue a career in massage therapy. Whether it’s deciding when or where to work or through which services one This type of unique flexibility is one of the top reasons individuals decide to pursue a career in massage therapy. Whether it’s deciding when or where to work or through which services one feels they can best help others, the massage therapy industry is full of possibilities for its practitioners.

References: 

American Massage Therapy Association.(n.d.).Massage Therapy for Patients With Cancer. Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients | AMTA. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://www.amtamassage.org/publications/massage-therapy-journal/massage-for-cancer-patients/ American

American Massage Therapy Association. (n.d.).Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet. Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet | AMTA. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://www.amtamassage.org/publications/massage-industry-fact-sheet/

American Massage Therapy Association. (n.d.).Starting Your Massage Career. Starting Your Massage Career | AMTA. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://www.amtamassage.org/resources/starting-your-massage-career/

Fremont University. (2013, December 20).Massage therapy Career Facts infographic. Massage Therapy Career Facts Infographic. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://fremont.edu/massage-therapy-career-facts-infographic/

UCSF Health. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments/massage#:~:text=Massage%20can%20reduce%20pain%20and,just%20to%20name%20a%20few

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