Before entering a massage therapy training program, it’s important to know if you’re cut out for the job
Interested in a career in massage therapy? Of course, job training is one of the first things you’ll want to think about when embarking on any new job path. Finding a massage therapy training program that works for you in terms of your schedule and life responsibilities, is affordable, and that can help prepare you for finding a job at the completion of program are all important considerations.
However, it’s critical to look at the picture beyond graduation to determine whether your personality is suited to any professional field you’re going to enter. After all, you’ll need to show up to a job every day. If you’re going to invest the time and money in training program, it’s smart to consider long-term job satisfaction.
Let’s take a closer look at some traits of a successful massage therapist.
- Physical strength and stamina
Massage therapy may not appear to be as physically demanding as some other jobs – that is, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to regularly lift heavy items or perform manual labor – but it still requires a certain amount of physical strength and stamina.
Consider that most massage therapists are on their feet during the bulk of their work hours. Being able to comfortably stand for long periods of time is essential.
Being able to lean over a massage table is a must, so people with back problems may not be suited to this profession. In addition, upper body strength is necessary to perform certain massage techniques.
- Intuitive people skills
It goes without saying that massage therapists need to be comfortable working with people. However, being friendly and personable are only the beginning.
Effective massage therapists need to be sharp listeners to gain an understanding of where, how, and when clients are experiencing pain or tension.
Demonstrating empathy in conversation and in massage technique can go a long way toward creating trust with clients. That’s important for two reasons:
- For massage therapists in spa settings or who have individual practices, building trust can help create long-term relationships with clients that could be a vital source of repeat business
- For those working medical settings, trust can facilitate communication with patients that will allow you to provide more effective treatment that can relieve pain or facilitate healing
It’s also important to be able to gauge when it’s appropriate to engage in small talk versus allowing a quiet, comfortable silence.
- Excellent organizational skills
No matter what setting a massage therapist works in, being organized is essential. Of course, there’s likely to be a certain amount of administrative or paperwork in any job. Massage therapists may need to stay on top of scheduling and billing duties, and those who work in medical settings may have to be up to speed on some procedures required to file medical claims.
Massage therapists who run their own practices also need to be comfortable ordering supplies, marketing their services and booking appointments.
Think you fit the bill? If you’d like more information about what it takes to become a successful massage therapist, request more information or schedule a tour at Salter’s Fall River, Tewksbury, or Malden campuses.