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Massage Therapist Salary

"Stress and resulting life-style diseases are killers in our modern society. Now might be the best time to become a masseuse and start earning a good massage therapist salary."



Massage Therapist Salary
by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance journalist for Pulse MEDIA International. He also covers sports and health for a number of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com, and Fanstop.com, and entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

The profession of massage therapy and bodywork is growing throughout the United States. More and more people are becoming involved in fitness programs, stress reduction, relaxation techniques, wellness, and preventative health care. Traditional health practitioners are discovering the damaging effects of stress and chronic tension. Stress and resulting life-style diseases are killers in our modern society. Now might be the best time to become a masseuse and start earning a good massage therapist salary.

Massage therapy is one of the few services available that directly affects the body’s responses to stress and measurably strengthens the immune system. Athletes are becoming aware of how warm-up, performance, and recovery can be improved through appropriate sports massage. That’s why a sports massage therapist salary is so high. The NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB all pay very well for qualified injury and massage therapists.

Most chronic pain, from low back pain to migraine headaches, stems from structural and functional imbalances. Businesses are realizing that massage therapy in the workplace is cost-effective. Parents perform infant massage to support the bonding process, decrease colic and gas pains, and enhance a child’s coordination and development. Members of the retirement community are discovering their bodies can maintain erect posture and pain-free movement by including massage therapy in their health care routine. So there are many different avenues to make a nice massage therapist salary.

Career opportunities for the licensed massage therapist include a private practice, health clubs, day and resort spas, beauty salons, sports teams, corporations (on-site or seated), stress reduction/relaxation centers and working in association with other health practitioners such as chiropractors, medical doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and psychologists. These are all great ways to make a very good massage therapist salary.

An especially promising place to earn a nice massage therapist salary is in the spa industry. There are approximately 9,600 spas in the United States that are generating $10.7 billion in revenue, which is an increase of 114% between 2000 and 2002.

Spas employ an estimated 282,000 full-time and part-time employees, an 87% increase in the total number of employees in the past 2 years. As you can see, this is the perfect environment to increase your massage therapist salary.

The number of spas has grown at an annual rate of twenty percent each year for the past eight years. Every four years, the number of spas doubles. This is an industry that has solidified itself as a major player in the hospitality and leisure sector. In the past two years, the spa industry has kept pace with, and even surpassed, other major leisure activities. So this is the perfect time to get a spa job and increase your massage therapist salary..

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