This job involves long hours standing on your feet, repetitive use of your hands, arms and elbows, and long periods of concentration. At the end of your work day, you might be tired. More tired than if you worked an office job. You must set limits, take care of yourself, exercise, stretch, and put your physical well-being at the top of your list.
There is the potential to earn great money as a massage therapist! But this does not mean that you will make $80 per hour as soon as you graduate from school. If you set up shop for yourself, it may take you two years to get enough clients to make a living on just massage. Typically, you'll have to work part-time at another job, and let your clientele grow, and eventually transition to working full-time as a massage therapist. Working in an established business can help with initially earning a great income, whether it be in a spa, a physical therapy office, or an established massage therapy office.
What People Think
Unfortunately, there ARE massage places in big cities that do not really do massage, that is a fact. You can't change this fact, but maintaining high personal and professional ethics, morals and standards will discourage these types of comparison. We will teach you how to handle any ignorant comments you might still get.
This job will require self-discipline on your part. You have to show up for appointments, give your best massage every time, no matter how you are feeling or whether you are sick. You have to budget to be prepared for the slow times, to purchase equipment, to get your continuing education requirements done. You never get to just show up, do the massage, make lots of money and go home.
Even though the relaxing atmosphere is nice, sometimes it's super boring to be a massage therapist. You might spend five hours a day in a room and none of your clients talk to you. And you have to be quiet and still have to pay attention! That can be difficult.
You can meet amazing people doing massage, but you will have those clients who show up sick and cough all over you, or show up unshowered and unkempt. You will have clients hit on you, try to leave without paying, steal your stuff, and expect you to fix them in sixty minutes, even though they spent a lifetime creating their problems! Customers are no different anywhere, in any job. You focus on the people that you can help, who love and respect what you do, and who enrich your daily life.