If you're in a position where you're thinking of starting a new career and have considered massage as a potential path, there are a few routes you can take. One highly popular choice is to become a massage therapists. For people who are empathetic, caring, and genuinely interested in helping other overcome physical challenges this is an ideal career for you.
The first step in becoming a massage therapist is to do your research. Learn as much as you can about the profession through books, magazine, articles and speaking with some working massage therapists if you can.
This will help you determine if this is even a viable career for you in the first place. It's also worth while to look into different types of specialization you can go into within the massage therapy industry.
By doing this and becoming highly trained in a specific type of massage therapy you are more likely to find better and higher paying jobs in the future.
A career as a massage therapist offers fantastic flexibility in terms of hours, location and employment but it does have some physical requirements that may limit some people from entering the field. The main requirement of the job is to have strong and healthy arms and hands with a full range of motion. These are your tools, so making sure they can take the physical strain of massaging all day is very important. You'll also be required to stand on your feet for long periods of time as well.
After researching the nuts and bolts of the industry, you'll want to find the right school for you. This involves speaking with people involved in admissions like our very own Admissions Director Joe Calareso and reviewing the school's course catalog (you can see the AM College catalog here).
This will give you a good feel for the school and what your experience will entail. It's a good idea to look into schools that offer actual hands on practice like AMC does at our clinic. This will allow you to get first hand experience in the field and offers a level of training that can't be matched in a classroom setting.
While the length of time spent in school varies from place to place, AMC's Massage Therapy program lasts eight and a half months (or 720 hours). We choose to exceed the Florida training requirements in order to offer a diverse program that educates you on other areas like oriental medicine and Japanese Shiatsu massage. This opens up the number of higher paying jobs you can successfully do upon graduation.