Massage has never been as popular as it is now, with more and more people seeking relaxation and relief from their busy lives. Which is why massage therapy is such an attractive option if you are looking to start a new and very rewarding career. Read on to find out more about becoming a massage therapist.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is certainly much more involved than a simple back rub! Rather, it is the systematic manipulation of soft body tissues to promote blood flow and improve circulation. It can help enhance health and wellbeing and bring about positive healing effects and aid with ailments such as injury, headaches, allergies and even eczema.
Working as a Massage Therapist
There are many exciting areas and specialties you can practice in as a massage therapist. Some of these include:
- Remedial massage
- Chinese Massage
- Connective Tissue Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Thai Massage
- Infant Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
Working as a massage therapist required standing for long periods, so you’ll need a lot of energy and be quite physically fit to get the most out of your work. You can either work for a massage therapy practice or set up your own practice. You can also practice as a mobile massage therapist, travelling to residential and corporate locations to conduct appointments.
In terms of accreditation, massage therapy is not registered as a health profession in Australia. However, several bodies including the Association of Massage Therapists ensure professional industry standards are upheld.
Massage Therapy Study Options
There are several different pathways to kick start a career as a massage therapist in Australia, though you will usually need to have completed a certificate or diploma in massage therapy. If you work full-time or just don’t have the time or convenience of travelling to a campus, distance education is a great option.
Ensure the course you choose covers basic anatomy and physiology so you have a sound knowledge of how the body works and responds to massage. The course should also offer some training in managing a clinic such as meeting and greeting clients, appointment setting and clinic etiquette.
Questions to Consider
Before enrolling on a course to study massage therapy, it is wise to run through some practical issues and considerations; to ensure that you have all the necessary information and are sure of your intended vocation. These include:
Do you know what it entails to be a practising massage therapist?
- What is the full cost of the course being offered?
- Is the study full or part-time, or available via distance learning?
- Is the institution reputable?
- Is the course recognised by potential employers and/or the government?
- What career opportunities are available to me after graduating?
- What level of income can I expect?