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Massage is an area of specialisation within the health care industry that sits alongside chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy and counselling. It is also a service that provides relaxation and restoration on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

There are many employment opportunities for well trained massage therapists. On completion of their training, many find themselves working in medical clinics, sports clinics, gymnasiums, spas, and beauty/ body care clinics, while others set up their own home or commercial business.

  • For employment in medical and sports clinics, one must have certification and:
    • a knowledge of anatomy and physiology comparable to a nursing level
    • an understanding of pathology and the cause of disease
    • the ability to manage people and work within a structured hierarchy
    • excellent hands on skills commiserate with 30 to 100 hours hands on training.
    • The salary should be similar to that of a registered nurse.
       
  • For employment in spas, beauty and body care clinics
    • a high school knowledge of anatomy and physiology
    • an understanding of pathology and the cause of disease
    • kindness and compassion
    • excellent hands on skills commiserate with 10 to 50 hours hands on training.
    • The salary may be minimum wage or approaching 2x the minimum wage.
       
  • Self employment
    • a high school knowledge of anatomy and physiology
    • an understanding of pathology and the cause of disease
    • kindness and compassion
    • excellent hands on skills commiserate with 10 to 50 hours hands on training
    • the ability to manage your money and keep business records.
    • The salary is what you make it. The price of a massage ranges up to over $100.00 per hour, so there is opportunity for an excellent income.

For those who enjoy working with people, there are many opportunities to create a rewarding and interesting lifestyle. The manuals on this site provide the information and instructions on how to perform massage treatments to a medical standard and yet cover the spiritual, mental and emotional elements to provide a holistic approach to understanding and relieving suffering.

Within the industry, there is variety and there are areas of specialisation so that the work is not an ever ending routine, but is a constantly evolving process that inspires and fulfils the therapist.


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