The A, B, C’s Of Becoming A Massage Therapist

A, B, C's

June 5th, 2019   |   Updated on March 3rd, 2020

Massage therapists take giving someone a massage to heights of relief that only those who have gifted hands and have been professionally trained can. They’re not just savvy at where to apply pressure.

They know how to angle their shoulders and use their fingers to locate aches and pains. They make a major difference in the lives of those with back injuries and the growing numbers of people who spend unhealthy amounts of time stooped over computers, so read on if you think you have what it takes to get your own massage therapy profession off the ground.

1. Licensing

Every state has its own distinct regulations regarding massage therapy and those who practice it. The states that do require that you have a license will expect for you to have taken between 500 to 650 hours of approved classes before you sit for the Mblex exam.

Some areas of the country, however, require that you get a second license that allows you to offer your services within the framework of legal business. Before you begin to look for clients, it’s absolutely essential to know what laws apply to a massage therapy in the part of the country where you live.

2. Find Liability Insurance

Massage therapy insurance is in place to make sure that you can handle any legal action a client takes out against you. If a patient is injured while on the premises of your office, having a good policy will keep your practice from going under.

The same protection applies to you if someone you’ve massaged alleges that they’re experiencing pain in their back or shoulders as a result of one of your treatments. Some insurance policies can be applied for by phone and approved within 24 hours (you can research rates and comparisons at Massage Magazine Insurance Plus).

3. Set Up An Office Space

Portable Massage Tables

A space to give massages shouldn’t be cluttered. A clean minimally furnished room is best. If you happen to have a finished basement or garage that can work as a clean and professional workspace, you really don’t need much except for a desk, chair for consultations and a table on which your clients can stretch out and relax. A massage table should be comfortable and not something you pinch pennies on.

Scented oils and lotions are also an important investment as they add an aromatherapy element that makes a massage even more soothing. Fresh potted flowers and herbs can also lend your workspace the ambiance of a day spa. Lighting is part of the process of creating calm, so it shouldn’t be too stark or bright.

4. Getting Clients

Hand out flyers in the neighborhood where your massage practice is. It’s economical. Extend a discount if appointments are made within a certain time period. It will motivate potential clients to try your services right away and not procrastinate.

The same time-sensitive information is effective in ads run in community newspapers. Social media is another way to market and promote your massage business without having an advertising budget.

Of course, word of mouth is a reliable and free form of promotion. Doctor referrals are another good source of business. Contacting area physicians to find out how to get on their list of recommended massage therapists will be a smart move.

Massage therapy is a relatively low-tech industry that doesn’t require exorbitant amounts of time or money to enter. Research from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) shows that 47.1 to 59.5 million had a minimum of one professionally performed back rub between July 2016 and July 2017.

Those numbers are expected to rise. A whopping eighty percent of those who become massage therapists are choosing it as a second profession. Running a single person operated massage practice isn’t a stigma. There are so many reasons to consider starting a massage business, so what are you waiting for?

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