As a masseuse, you could be the highlight of your clients' days. Massage therapy promotes relaxation, relieves pain, reduces stress, and improves blood circulation. How many jobs have the potential to spread so much happiness and well being? The benefits of massage are becoming widespread, increasing job opportunities for masseuses. As an added bonus to this fulfilling job, massage therapists often have flexible schedules, and many work part-time and/or non-traditional hours. Jobs are found in day spas, hospitals, chiropractors' offices, nursing homes, airports, fitness centers, even on cruise ships.
Once you gain experience and establish a clientele, you could work from home, which offers the greatest opportunity for a flexible work schedule.
Most massage therapy programs require coursework that includes anatomy and physiology and hands-on clinical hours, but education requirements to become a licensed masseuse vary considerably by state. Individual states administer state exams for licensure and might also require masseuses to pass one of two nationally recognized exams: the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) and the Massage and Bodyworking Licensing Examination (MBLEx). NursingDegrees participating schools may help answer questions about your state's licensing requirements. Browsing through NursingDegrees massage therapy programs may be a good start toward your career as a masseuse.
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