7 Reasons to become a Massage Therapist

For those considering attending a Massage School to become a Massage Therapist, you may be asking yourself, “What are the benefits of being a massage therapist?”  For most the answer is simple and straight forward, such as being able to provide a better life for yourself and your family, to having a great sense of wellbeing through healing others.

So why is a massage therapy school and its career education such a great opportunity and career path?

Here are 7 reasons!

Massage Therapy is a career you can get started with quickly


Within two years you can get started in a new career!

Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies offer certification programs as well as an associate’s degree through Camden County College. Programs include:

Massage Therapy School programs provide both classroom and of hands-on training.  Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies focus on ensuring the quality of the education and not just the required hours.  It is the only Massage Therapy School affiliated with a major Medical Center and College in the area. The Certification Programs also provides students with the necessary hours of education required by the State to obtain a Massage License and pass the MBLEX.  The MBLEX is the standard test given upon completion of at least 525 hours of training as New Jersey has become a Licensure State.

Students can take a variety of classes like Anatomy Physiology, Therapeutic bodywork, Palpation, Kinesiology, Pathology, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Myofascial Techniques, Tai Chi, Tui Na, and Therapeutic Herbal Applications to name just a few. Check out the full Course Catalog!

Health and business classes are also available through the Massage Therapy Schools multiple certificate programs such as business management, marketing, law, stress management, nutrition, first aid and fitness.

By the time massage therapy students graduate, they have enough practical experience to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even out of their own homes.


And there’s more…

Continuing Education Courses (CEU)

Lourdes also provides Continuing Education Courses or CEU Classes.   Students may choose from any of our courses to maintain their national certification status as well as to update and enhance their skills.


There’s a high demand for licensed Massage Therapists


They want you!

LIWS Massage Schools High Demand for Massage TherapistsThe Bureau of Labor Statistics has the job outlook growth rate at 26% from 2016 to 2026!  In 2016 the Bureau reported 160,300 jobs with an estimated growth of 42,100 new job openings.  The continued growth and demand for massage services will lead to new career options for massage therapists.

With the popularity of the healing arts such as massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and herbal medicine provide, people with these skills are in high demand.  This demand increase is partly because more healthcare providers are understanding the benefits of massage therapy and these services are becoming part of formal treatment plans.

Patients are realizing that continual treatments provide them with a list of benefits and advantages.  They are now making bodywork an integral part of their health.


Massage Therapists can become their own boss


LIWS 7 Reasons to become a Massage TherapistYou can work from home, travel or work in exotic places; no matter what you want to do, it is your choice! Those who have their own thriving practice may employ other massage therapists to offer clients a whole range of services and techniques. With the possibility of an attractive hourly pay range, you can enjoy the flexibility of determining your own hours of operation for a better work-life balance.


Building your own massage practice gives you a sense of freedom that you may never have had before!


Massage Therapists can set their own hours


You decide…

LIWS Massage Therapy Shools Benefits of a Massage TherapistYou can choose when you want to work and when you want to provide client hours. Self-employment allows you to schedule appointments around your availability. Being able to set your own schedule is a huge advantage for those with children, are attending school or for those who would like additional income to an existing career. You can decide how much or how little you want to work, when you take your lunch and your breaks.

It’s an attractive option for both full-time and part-time work.


Massage Therapists heal people


Becoming a healer!

LIWS Massage Schools teach holistic massage healingMassage therapists provide an invaluable service to people who are in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress. Massage therapy speeds up the healing process, improves circulation, and can even restore emotional balance.

You can make a direct impact in someone’s life. When they leave the massage room they stand straighter, are more relaxed and have an overall better sense of well-being. Your patients will look forward to their appointments and to seeing you. What better way than to wake up each morning knowing your skills are appreciated and clients are anxious for their next appoint.

  • Relaxation and reduced stress: Both mental and physical
  • Helps reduce or sometimes eliminate carpel tunnel, sciatica and Plantar fasciitis
  • Relief for muscles, headaches, migraines, general aches, pains and discomfort
  • Increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Wonderful for cancer patients
  • Improved circulation to improve delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells
  • Improved energy levels and athletic performance
  • Help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears
  • Reduces anxiety, depression and anger
  • Enhances your immune system

Time and time again, the various modalities and styles of massage therapy have proven to improve the quality of life across all ranges of clients. No longer is it seen as just a luxury item, it has become an integrated part of a person’s complete wellness and healing.


Massage Therapists have financial stability


As high as $84,150 a year!

LIWS Massage School Financial Stability as a Massage TherapistAccording to U.S News Rankings, the median annual wage for a massage therapists was $39,860 in 2016 and as high as $84,150!  This gives therapists financial security and the demand is getting higher. Massage Therapy is also ranked the fourth best job in health care support!

LIWS Massage Therapy School offers introductory training and education on topics such as business management, marketing and law.  The classes covers business aspects of massage therapy and helps students gain information about themselves and their personal priorities to facilitate their success as professionals.

There are also a host of massage therapy software solutions you can use to help manage your business.  Capterra published a Comparison and Review of several massage therapy software applications to help you jump start, manage and grow your business.  These help with scheduling, SOAP notes, reminders and scheduling appointments online. You can certainly manage a business without a software application, but some of these products engage your clients and help remind them of upcoming appointments or to remember to make a new appointment.

If you don’t want to open your own private practice, there are job opportunities in a variety of professional environments such as:

  • Salon, Spas and Wellness Centers
  • Chiropractors and Physical Therapist Offices
  • Hospitals, Clinical and Medical Organizations
  • Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Sports Therapy
  • Elder Care Therapists
  • Vacation Resorts and Locations
  • Mobile Therapists
  • Energy Work Therapists
  • Equine Therapists
  • Cruise Ships


Keeps you active with health benefits


If you like to move and be active instead of sitting at a desk all day then message therapy is for you!

LIWS Massage Therapy Schools Yoga Teacher Training Massage Therapy HealthMost massage therapists stay in great shape because they lead an active lifestyle, including while they’re working. Using your hands may help keep you in shape because you may be using a variety of muscles while performing your job. You can also keep your mind sharp as you determine the best technique for each individual you treat. The potential benefits, both physical and mental, may make work in massage as good for you as it is for the clients you treat. Helping others achieve their optimal wellness contributes to your own health!

Many practitioners exchange exchange bodywork with another professional.  They’ll create a regular rotating scheduling so both professionals can receive the benefits of bodywork!  Trades and swaps between massage therapists is common and recommended.  Not only do you get to receive what so many clients desire, you get to learn other techniques and methods used by other practitioners.


And Yoga!

If you’re a Yoga Instructor or Teacher, then you’ll also experience the wide range of health benefits associated with Yoga.

The techniques in yoga can lessen chronic pain, arthritis, headaches, carpal tunnel, lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia!

Read our Yoga Article Series with true life experiences starting with Yoga Journey: It’s About Mind, Body, and Spirit


Clinic Coordinator / LIWS Instructor - (Community Outreach Supervisor, Continuing Education Courses, Integrated Myofascial Structural Techniques (Myo II), Massage Clinical Supervisor, Specialized Massage Techniques: Myofascial I): Andrea is a 2008 graduate of the Lourdes program. She is a Board Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist and Neurosomatic practitioner. In addition to her roles as an instructor for Specialized Massage Techniques: Myofascial I, Integrated Myofascial Structural Techniques (MYO II), Clinic Coordinator and Clinic Supervisor, she currently maintains a private practice in Swedesboro, NJ focusing on chronic pain conditions.