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Poll Results for the following Question:

How has the current economic/political climate affected massage school enrollment?

Results:

Increased enrollment
50.0%
Decreased enrollment
20.9%
No significant change
29.1%

Total Respondents: 148

Comments:

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Anonymous

Increased enrollment New schools are popping up everywhere and turning out students like a production line. They are concerned more with profit margins than with how well the student is prepared for a career in massage therapy.

70% of the therapists that graduate massage school are not practicing one year later. In the small town where I practice there have been 11 therapists that have came and gone over the past 5 years. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be here rubbing my life away.


Increased enrollment New schools are popping up everywhere and turning out students like a production line. They are concerned more with profit margins than with how well the student is prepared for a career in massage therapy.

70% of the therapists that graduate massage school are not practicing one year later. In the small town where I practice there have been 11 therapists that have came and gone over the past 5 years. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be here rubbing my life away.

Anonymous
No significant change BORING...COME UP WITH SOMETHING MORE INTERESTING.

Anonymous
Increased enrollment Those with no knowledge can speak freely at length since they are not limited or restricted by facts or truth.


 To be honest, I don't know the enrollment numbers. However, as a LMT and NCMT, I must say the "spa" business has dropped considerably in the last couple of years, but working in the medical field is increasing, as insurance companies are realizing the important of massage therapy in the over all treatment of each patient. I gave up spa work, it was very erratic, and substituted medical in its place and was very content. I have not just moved to another state which is very strict on licensing and am going through the process as necessary. Good luck to all....to be a Massage Therapist really isn't about the money....it is the rewards we derive from helping others. If it is just the money that interests you, than massage is not a place to be in the first place. Just my humble opinion!!!! Warm hugs to all....CC


Increased enrollment I am being laid off from my position in the banking industry by year's end. Our company negotiated an agreement to retain us until then. I am using that severance to pay for my tuition. I will be graduating soon, and will able to offer my skills to those "boomers" with disposable income and the desire(and means)to be catered to for relaxation and therapeutically!

Anonymous
 This must be a trick question.

My 1st guess would be increased enrollment. My 2nd guess would be decreased enrollment. My 3rd guess would be no significant change.

Maybe you should address this to teachers or school owners. Can't really help you with this one.


Increased enrollment I was laid off from a banking company when the Clinton Administration was leading the economy down. With the layoff bonus from my company and economic support from the state of Washington, I was able to not work and go to school for a year. I am now a practicing massage therapist right at the point in this economy when I think most of the cut backs have had full effect and the surrounding area is going into an upswing mode.
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