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Poll Results for the following Question:

If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to become a massage therapist?

Results:

Yes
83.4%
No
8.6%
I don't know
8.0%

Total Respondents: 964

Comments:

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Anonymous
Anonymous
No My body is too small for this kind of work. Plus, marketing is constant work, expecially now in this saturated market. I would recommend that anyone who is out of shape, or small, and an intravert, find another profession.

Anonymous
Yes I love what I do so much that I don't even consider it work. There are days, just as in any job that I wish I could just take it easy but most of the time I look forward to it. As a matter of fact, it is almost as if I need to do this work. I become irritable if I don't have a client for a few days. I almost think I would do it for free. That is how much I love it.

Anonymous
I don't know Good pole. good question


Yes Yes,If I had known about massage long before I did, I would not have wasted 24 years of my life searching for what was "RIGHT" for me! Also if I had known about the benefits of massage therapy long before, I would have avoided several years of constant pain as a result of two separate auto accidents.


Yes Yes,If I had known about massage long before I did,I would have not wasted 24 years of my life searching for what was "RIGHT" for me! Also if I had know about the benefits of massage therapy long before I did, I would would have avoided several years of constant pain as a result of two separate auto accidents.


Yes That is a DEFINITE YES! I have been a Certified
Massage Therapist for 11 years as of this March and
feel incredibly blessed to still be so active (full
time) and excited and passionate about my work. I was
incredibly forunate to have obtained my education from
the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in Boulder, CO.
(now named Boulder College of Massage Therapy). For 8
of the past 11 years I had the opportunity to travel
with Olympic and World Class athletes...twenty
countries and 6 continents in 8 years....wonderful.
Hard work and multi-tasked for certain but wonderful.
Then I moved back to my home state to bring my skills
and knowldege to my family and to my original
community. I was not sure how it would be to start a
brand new practice after being on the road for 8
years, having not had a private practive setting since
I lived in Telluride, CO. for two years after
graduation. However I am thrilled to report that after
16 months I have a very full practice, and hit the
ground running and still trying to catch up with
myself! I credit not only my experience and maturity
level, but MOST DEFINITELY my education at Boulder. I
also see to it that I take at least 30 hours of
QUALITY CEU's each year. Belonging to the AMTA, the
ABMP as well as being Nationally Certified has helped
keep me abreast of what is happening in the field and
closer to the larger community of massage therapy. ONE
NOTE HOWEVER: When I first moved back to my city I was
offered a part time teaching position at a massage
therapy school. Again not knowing how well my new
practice would do I took it and knew that it would be
an incredible learning experience. I cannot tell you
how absolutely HORRIFIED I have been by the large
corporate systematic explotation of massage therapy
and it's prospective students. The total lack of
understanding, respect and internal support for what
this training should be about. Communication,
Understanding, Compassion, Maturity, Professionalism
and COMPETENT skills at a high level taught by a
QUALIFIED and EXPERIENCED therapist/instructor. It has
broken my heart and sometimes bruised my spirit to
have been in such an atmosphere that is NOT focused on
quality training for massage therapists but on MONEY
and corporate recognition and gain. If I could do TWO
things for my field, it would be to regulate and
legislate massage therapy in all 50 states in a
repectful ansd conscientious manner, AND close all
those school that are in fact lying to the paying
students, and replace them with MASSAGE THERAPY
schools. I could add much more to that note, bu


I don't know I have over 16 years year in the field. The emotional reward is great but so are the phycisical demands. Fatigue, burn out, RSI and boredom are common. Health care coverage can be a problem also. A career in massage will have to be managed with great imagination and lots of personal time in healthy settings. Advanced degrees will give a therapist more opportunities for a fulfilling trade. Life partners with a substantial job benefits can help to reduce the financial stress, which can push a therapist to over work. The schools really need to address these realities with new students.


Yes There is no doubt that massage therapy is beneficial for the client and the therapist. I have just started to practice and like with any business, it is hard to start up. This profession is not an easy undertaking and should only be taken into consideration by people who are interested in helping other people in a non-invasive, practical way. Professionals may criticize the field for being to provincial and laced with health hazzards for the therapist and clients, but the sanitary education in our country (including all 50 states regulated or not) is the best in the world. I am glad there are 100s of 1000s of people every 6 months learning how to heal common physical complaints and keep the spread of disease down.

Anonymous
 I do love my career choice, but I do not love the school that I went to. I had a very bad experience at Heritage college and hope no one else experiences what I did. Anica and Suzanne were the most horrible people I have ever met in this field. MTTI proved to have more quality minded people.


Yes My mother has had terrible cervical spine pains, headaches, legs and arthrithis. She wachted a TV program today about your therapy, so now we are trying to contact you. She lives in another country, wich make things harder, because I don't think your therapy has been apply yet in our country.
Thank you.


Yes I chose this feild to help people and that what massage does.


Yes Yes, I would, but I'd do it a lot earlier than I did. I truly enjoy my work and working solely for myself.


I don't know Ive been a working LMT since I got out of school and currently make almost 60K a year at a resort spa. However, I wouldn't make as much at any other facility. I'm also extremly dissapointed at the massage therapy schools (in the Phoenix AZ area) lack of education in the sciences. Bottom line, if you want to work with health care professionals you must be able to understand the workings of the human body and speak the same language as Doctors, Nurses, and PT's. The schools are into making $ by passing as many students as possible to keep their accrediation for government student loans.


Yes I am a massage therapy student with only a few weeks
to go, but I could never imagine doing anything else.
I love knowing that I am helping people mind, body and soul. The first day of school one of my instructors set a scene for my classmates and me about how it is being in a quiet little room with beautiful music playing and just getting lost in your own world while at the same time making your client feel great. How could you not love this profession. I can't wait until I graduate.


No Although I truly love what I do, I have found that it is not a practical long-term career. Although many "massage gurus" will argue otherwise, massage is little more than manual labor. There is a cap on the amount of good work that can be performed daily and weekly. It is a physical job that takes a toll on the body.

Because of this physicality, there leaves no room for growth beyond putting other therapists to work for you, at which point you become a babysitter.

Furthermore, while it can be argued that there is no security in any profession, I believe this holds especially true for massage. Injuries and absence for any reason from the office results in no income and the threat of client loss.

I also find that regulation and continuing education requirements are becoming incongruous with the monetary compensation that massage offers. I have found that the people who are making the rules are hopelessly out of touch with those of us who are actually earning a living performing the arduous task of massage therapy. One may argue that if we got invovled with the representative process, we would have more say. But those of us that such laws impact are too busy at the office. Those who lobby for the profession tend to be those who aren't spending much time in the treatment room. This pool is generally comprised of those who practice massage as a "hobby" or have exploited the education angle.

Please don't mistake my opinion as that of a failed therapist. I am a busy, successful therapist at the pinnacle of my career. While this field has been rewarding on many levels, it's short duration,lack of growth potential, and bureaucracy should be noted.

Anonymous
No The involvement of government and medical bodies has proved to be an exercise in red tape and bureaucracy.


Yes I was a psychotherapist prior to going into bodywork. The study of CST and SER has engaged my passions like no other therapy that I have had the opportunity to practice.


Yes I felt called to this profession, and God blesses me and my clients everyday.

Anonymous
No No. Even though I had expectations of teaching massage someday. The school I attend in the central west end of St.Louis,MO was so POORLY run, that the students there had basically no chance of passing the national exam. After ten months of classes I still had to purchase other books to teach myself the subject. It's been a very frustrating time. One last thing---RESEARCH THE SCHOOL YOU WISH TO ATTEND. Don't just take the word of those who work there as the school being A rated. Insist on sitting in on several of the harder classes to see if you like what you see.


MLB St.Louis,MO.


Yes When I entered massage school, I couldn't have dreamed of the transformational healing that would take place in myself, and as a direct result of that, in my approach to my profession. I truly see and treat my clientele as whole individuals, warts and all, so to speak. That approach to their treatment heals them in whatever manner they need, as well as helping their bodies to heal themselves. This is truly one of the best professions in the world. I would never go back to my 9-5 life or the stresses that accompanied it.

Jackie Stearns Jenkins, LMT
P.O. Box 94
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
937-599-5609


Yes Yes, I would still become a therapist, however, right now my biggest concern is that here in the Chicago area we have far too many massage schools graduating therapists that do not have any idea that part of their job is sales, the schools are probably teaching this, but the students just don't get it, that selling themselves to their potential clientel is how they make their money. Repeat business comes from word of mouth, and because the client is satisfied with the therapist. No business owner can guarantee customers to a therapist who just wants to feed from the trough of a business owners efforts. Developing a client base takes 3 to five years for an average person. Someone who is above average can do it in a year and a half.

It worries me that the market is becoming flooded with mediocre therapists who will be diluting the potential marketplace for those of us who truly have gone that extra mile to have a storefront, tax paying legitimate business.

I opened the first legitimate massage therapy establishment here in my town back in 1996. It took 6 months to go through the legal channels to change the licensure laws in our city with the board of health before I could advertise therapeutic massage.

So, it bothers me when a local college starts teaching massage and offering $30 one hour massages for clinicals and the local market is being bombarded with these graduates. Where are they going to work? If they aren't working for a business like mine they are illegal. Yet they start taking their tables and doing home visits. So what is going to happen to all of our lively hoods?

I just sold my practice to someone who is talented, a good business person, and her clients love her. She is my duplicate. I enjoy seeing her taking the steps that I no longer had the energy or interest to pursue.

I am moving onto the field of esthetics and will continue to help those that love a good therapist combined with skin care.
Anonymous
Yes  i am so happy to be doing this work, and cant imagine doing anything else!!!

Anonymous
I don't know I love being an LMT, but it is very difficult in a slow economy. However, it is also difficult to change careers once you've been our own boss, set your own hours and made at least $50/hour. Not many other professions can offer that, and it's easy to feel stuck.


No My life has been a financially poor one, as far as massage is concerned. Not only has it been frustrating to constantly have to convince potential clients of the efficacy of massage, there has been the constant expectation that I charge so much for my work, I should offer discounts for it also. Plus I feel the fees charged for continuing ed. to be far & above what is necessary. Come on, $300=$500 for one 2-day class? These people need to get a clue how hard it is to support oneself, let alone be gouged for classes that I HAVE to take.
I am very tired of the need to constantly advertise myself, gently brag about myself, and try to stand out from the herd. Yes, the herd. I would run like hell, and stay in the mainstream. Are parts of it fulfilling? Yes - but why do I have to starve & almost be in bankruptcy to stay in this profession?
I know I am not alone. I speak to my fellow therapists. I doubt you will publish my comments, as you in the media want to believe all is well with us practicing massage. Well, it isn't, and I would like you to consider allowing us to talk to each other in your publication more, via Letters to the Editor. Everyone wants to get into my pocket with either a class they want me to attend, a landlord who wants to raise my rent, or a client who can't come regularly because I charge too much. I am very sick of the entire profession. I am a bit old (56) to change my profession, so I'll try to stay in it as long as I can - but don't tell me I am alone in how I feel. I have been practicing for 8 years, so I'm not a novice either to my profession or to life.
Thank you for listening.
Rosemarie LaRose LMP
Kent Wa


No My life has been a financially poor one, as far as massage is concerned. Not only has it been frustrating to constantly have to convince potential clients of the efficacy of massage, there has been the constant expectation that I charge so much for my work, I should offer discounts for it also. Plus I feel the fees charged for continuing ed. to be far & above what is necessary. Come on, $300=$500 for one 2-day class? These people need to get a clue how hard it is to support oneself, let alone be gouged for classes that I HAVE to take.
I am very tired of the need to constantly advertise myself, gently brag about myself, and try to stand out from the herd. Yes, the herd. I would run like hell, and stay in the mainstream. Are parts of it fulfilling? Yes - but why do I have to starve & almost be in bankruptcy to stay in this profession?
I know I am not alone. I speak to my fellow therapists. I doubt you will publish my comments, as you in the media want to believe all is well with us practicing massage. Well, it isn't, and I would like you to consider allowing us to talk to each other in your publication more, via Letters to the Editor. Everyone wants to get into my pocket with either a class they want me to attend, a landlord who wants to raise my rent, or a client who can't come regularly because I charge too much. I am very sick of the entire profession. I am a bit old (56) to change my profession, so I'll try to stay in it as long as I can - but don't tell me I am alone in how I feel. I have been practicing for 8 years, so I'm not a novice either to my profession or to life.
Thank you for listening.
Rosemarie LaRose LMP
Kent Wa

Anonymous
Yes This has been a life changing event for me. I became a massage therapist in 1997, when I was 58 years old and finally decided what I wanted to be when I grew up. I love doing the work and making people feel better. I hope to continue until I'm at least 90. At the present time I work 3 days a week, doing an average of 25 50 minute massages.


Yes I went to Health Enrichment Center,Lapeer/Michigan for 2 yrs and graduated in 1989 and 90. It was a great school and Sandy Cochran Fritz was a great mentor for me. I have been massaging ever since, and still find it intreging. I feel I am more clinical more so now, and have learned a great deal from my clients over the years. Travell is my bible in my work. I feel the greatest accomplishment when I get a "challenge" with a client, and end up helping them use their arm that was hurt, injured etc...
or knee's, low backs etc. That is what makes my day!!
Keep In Touch,

Connie

Anonymous
I don't know  I am currently 30 years old and have been a licensed massage therapist in North Carolina for almost five years. I have been self-employed for all of that time, with my own office and private practice.
I have truly enjoyed helping people with pain relief and chronic stress. I have enjoyed the wonder and amazement that massage brings into people's lives about their bodies. I enjoy the freedom of setting my own schedule.
What I haven't enjoyed is the yearly income. I constantly market my practice through many methods including paid advertisements, the yellow pages, word of mouth, etc.. I have had many years of experience in small businesses previous to my massage career. I have kept my overhead low. I have worked up to six or seven days a week. I have done all of the things that you are 'supposed' to do when in business for yourself. I've read the books, kept up on business practices and continuing education. I charge a higher rate and have a small but very nice office in a great part of town. Yet, I consistently find it impossible to earn more than $15,000 to $30,000 per year. I wish that I had known more about realistic income expectations in regard to the massage profession.
All in all, a massage career is rewarding, can be physically tiring, and makes for a wonderful 'quick' career. In and out of school in six months full-time and then out in the world making money is extremely quick compared to getting a four year degree at any institution. But the physical realities of how many massages do you have to do every week to be able to earn a living and support a family is another story altogether. It is a wonderful part-time profession (great money on the side for the time spent). It is a great profession for a young person to work their way through school. It is a good profession for an older person looking to retire or do something different. But it is a real lean profession during those 'bread and butter' years.
I'm glad that I have learned all that I have, if even for myself, my family, and those numerous clients that I have helped so far. But at some point, there does come a time when you start considering other professions to make more money or just to give the body a rest.
As far as the fellas out there in massage go, I really do wish that they would tell you guys about how ridiculously hard it can be for a male therapist to get a job (and clients) after graduation. I have definately seen more male therapists jump out of their massage career faster than the females.
Best of luck and healing to you all.


Yes There is nothing in this world that I would rather do than give massage to someone. I feel as though this is my purpose in life and after 23 years of searching, I have finally found it. So yes, if I had the qooportunity to do it all over again, I would still be a MT.


Yes massage is my life!!


Yes A satisfying second job.

Anonymous
Yes I love my chosen profession. I wish I would have made the career change sooner. I love helping people & getting a positive response.

Brenda Holbach, C.M.T. Milwaukee, WI.

Anonymous
Yes Absolutely!
It is imperative we voice our opposition to the fascist regieme currently in control of our political system. Empower engage and enlist all able citizens to take back America and stand proud for these, that and those ideals our founding fathers fought feverently to create.

Anonymous
No No I wished i sought out a more secure and respected career - one with benefits and guaranteed wages....(possibly nursing or physician assistant.) It has been my experience that massage therapy is not regarded as a "real job" and believed that it did not require much time or training...and this couldn't be further from the truth! If massage therapy allowed state licensing (here in MA) maybe there would be higher standard and more respectabilty.


Yes My reasons:
-income direcly related to my hardwork and ingenuity
-competely flexible schedule that accomodates my children
-personally satisfying work
-many avenues to explore and make $$
-could spend a lifetime and still not "know everything"
-able to volunteer and help people I didn't have the means to do before

I have been licensed 3 years and am just as motivated and exited about massage/bodywork as ever!
Anonymous
Yes Is a good field and i will like to take it to the point of opening my own massage school.

Anonymous
Yes Yes, but I would be a nurse, or chiropractor as well.


Yes Yes... I became a massage therapist after receiving positive feedback from others in a rehabilitation center for Traumatic Brain injury. While getting started into my own practice was hard and at times frustrating, I did manage to overcome just I overcame a TBI. I now practice from my home near Nashville, TN am certified as a cranio sacral therapist and will be completing my second BS degree in two years, then I will become a Licensed Physical Therapist as well as being a CST and a LMT. read more about me at my web site. http://www.KellygirlTN.8m.com. Thank you

Anonymous
Yes Wish I would have discovered this field many years sooner. The rewards are never ending! The field is constantly evolving so I never tire of massage - giving, receiving, or educating others!


Yes I am being drawn strongly towards polarity and listening to the client... heart work... I would have continued on before going into just massage. more schooling first before opening my practice... maybe doing massage while continuing on with other things...

 When i was still in school i used to like it. Now i don't even pay attention about giving people massage.


Yes I don't see it happening but even if I don't continue to practice I learned so much about myself that I would go through school again in a second. I love myself and what I am doing to help and educate other people.


Yes even earlier


Yes yes... many therapists get started because family and friends may say things like "wow, you have really good hands, you should go to school for that".... how ever, the sexualizing of massage, the poor portrayal of the field from the media and television and the questionable advertisement needs to stop. There is a give and take, just like any service. Negative things like these make it difficult for many therapists to survive financially. Ultimately, everyone needs to pay their bills.


Yes If I could do it over again, I would most definitely become a massage therapist. I would have taken much better care of my body. Right now I am in school for Alternative Medicine, only because I have not taken complete care of my body. I am completely dedicated to Massage, and in helping others learn better ways of preserving their bodies, so that they can better heal/help their patients. If I could fix the damage done to myself, I would never stop doing Massage, as it is I do not see myself ever quiting Massage even when I become a Doctor. Touch is so important in all aspects of life, and I know that I could not live not being able to touch and heal others. It is also important for all of us to practice what we preach, this makes us that much better as people and Healers.


Yes If you are not enjoying your work I feel a change in career is a ggod option.


Yes Absolutly! Been doing massage for over 25 years;
always something new to learn. Massage is the
cutting edge of bodymind interaction and is where
the action will be in the next 20 years as people
chose to have more personal contact and
low-tech health interventions.


No I vote no because of the employment opportunities for a male therapist is low to begin with and factor in all of the news coverage on non-proffessionals getting into trouble for inappropiate touch just makes employers and the community in general turn their back on you so i feel i have wasted a lot of time and money on a school and table along with a chair to have everyone from chripractors to rehabilitation centers to spas and resorts tell me they are looking for a female now granted it is discrimination if other people hear the answer but when it's behind closed doors it is not. and coming from a blue coller backround like everyone i know working in a factory or construction site there isn't much of a call no matter how much i try to educate "the public" as i was under the oath to do as a licensed massage therapist but i guess the thought of this apple falling away from the factory rat or construction that was all around me growing up and integrated into myself i should not have tried to do this but maybe something closer relating to the past and present i have known and become after student loans sorry for all of the drama but i feel the schools should do more to educate the potential male students no matter how many modalities they offer in school like i learned sweedish,therapeutic,myo-facial release, muscle energy technique, triggerpoint therapy, and while in school for an extra fee i also took chair massage as well as carpal tunnel syndrome just so that i would have i better chance of obtaining employment as a massage therapist as well as being nationally certified and licensed in the state of florida now even moving to michigan i still cannot obtain employment as a therapist so my 625 credit hours don't mean a thing as well as 125 hours of hands on massage in a student clinic enviornment. well thats my story and i hope this dosn't happen to anyone else


Yes I graduate from massage therapy in three months! I love it so far, I want to specialize in Sports Massage, hopefully all goes well. :)

Anonymous
Yes  Of Course!
However,
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to visit MassageToday.com?
Heck no!

Yes Maybe you don't make alot of money in this profession at times.But the rewards are far greater
that in monitary value.
I would do it again.
Laura O'Connell


Yes I would have attended a school with 500 or 1000 hrs of education instead of the CA requirement of 100 hrs. Now, I'm moving to a state in which I can't even apply for the state board test because I don't have enough hours.

Anonymous
 I have worked at Fed Ex for several years part time. I wanted to do something different since I had spare time during the day. Being a Massage Therapist is so rewarding. Once a client leaves feeling wonderful that is almost priceless. This profession is not for everyone, but the ones who are in it I feel have a gift. I definitly don't regret it one bit.

Oklahoma City


Yes I couldn't attend school earlier to become a massage therapist due to conflict with my work as an RN. I use to massage my dad's neck, shoulders, back and feet. This was after he had been at the chiropractor and dad told me what to do. The strokes are the basic ones used today. I was born in the generation when women career choices were nurse, secretary, book keeper, teacher or sales clerk. I achieved both after I became an adult. Haven't given up the nursing yet. Pennsylvania especially Pittsburgh is conservation. We have two massage schools in this area. Then the Allegheny Community College offered Associate of Science Degree in Massage Therapy. I was in the first class to gradutate from the program.I mentioned earlier the PA is conservative - this is the only college level program in the whole state. I trying to get massage into the hospital system. The wheels of progress more ever so slowly. I may never work in the hospital setting but I hope I'm a part of making it happens for these that follow me.
Sincerely,
Marjorie Webb, RN
Certificate Massage Therapist


Yes I tried to get a password but the window did not scroll and athough it said "be sure to clck the subnit button", I could not get to it

Anonymous
Yes Of course I would do it all over in a heartbeat.
Anonymous
Yes I can't think of a more satisfying occupation to be a part of. This truly feels like a life long calling, and I am so happy that I took those steps to become a therapist!!


Yes Yes, becoming a Massage Therapist has changed my life for the
better in so many ways.

John Montalto, LMT

Anonymous
Yes  Duh! Hello!?!


No I would still choose to be a masseur. Massage Therapist is still a wannabe title. I am nearly as opposed to Massage Therapist being the umbrella title for those doing this work as I am the licensing of massage. For more information go to.. http://hometown.aol.com/therubber01/myhomepage/index.html

Isn't it time you updated the name of this publication to Massage Therapy Today?

Robert


Yes Iwas a nurse for 27 years before becoming a massage therapist. I love massage. I have so much control over my professional ideas. Learning more about alternative health and I would do it again but sooner in my life. It has ups and downs but my caring is still used, even better. Thanks for keeping me up to date with massage news.


Yes Yes, The only regret I have is that so many teaching schools focus too much on eastern modality training and there are numerous said questions on the Cert exam...

Yes Yes, but I would never visit this stupid site...

Anonymous
Yes I love the work I'm doing, even though I am not living well as a result of the limited income it has brought me. I may not be able to continue indefinitely in the profession, but I am happy to have had the opportunity to do this work.


No massage therapy as a male here in san antonio tx is extreamly bad,hard to make a livin if your male.hard to raise a family when you dont or cant get work

Anonymous
Yes This was the best decision of my life. I enjoy helping people to feel better and also enjoy seeing them leave my office with a smile on their face. This profession has also broadened my horizons on so many levels.

Anonymous
Yes It gave me chance to help the world in ever so small a way.


Yes Absolutely. Having worked as a professional soldier in various roles for 18 years, as a postman and as a disbility support worker prior to practicing soft tissue therapy (my preferred name for our collection of skills). And using the addage of 'if I new then what I know now' next timed I'd skip the others and go straight to the massage schools.


Yes I have been a licensed massage therapist for over twenty years. I enjoy the profession, and ,even though I am not currently practising full time, I can't ever imagine a time in my life that massage and natural healing arts not being a part of it.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment.
Sincerely,
Marcia Sachs

Anonymous
Yes I love this!!! I wish I had gone to massage school after high school!!!! I am really enjoying learning new stuff every day! I can't wait to get my practice going after Graduation (MAY 7,2004!!!). Then the dreaded NCE!!!! Which i know I will pass!!!! I would love to hear from any students out there!


Yes I would start my massage career earlier in my life cuz I didn't relizie how much massage helps so many people. I enjoyed helping others feel better.


Yes The only regret I have is that so many teaching schools do not cover enough eastern modality training and there are numerous questions on the Cert exam

Anonymous
Yes I immensely enjoy the profession I have chosen. Massage therapy is extremmely rewarding. My only regret is that I wish I had found this calling earlier. It is sad to see that our profession is becoming politically and monetarily motivated.

--Orlando, FL


Yes Just the friends and social connections would justify the effort.


Yes The night before I started massage therapy school in 1990, I had a dream that I won the lottery and could retire from my career as a mechanical engineer. Someone asked if I would still pursue a career in massage therapy. I said yes, then and I say, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't change a thing.

Just yesterday, a client whom I've seen a half dozen times in the last 3 months shared they tried massage therapy as a last resort prior to having a scheduled surgical proceedure. After three months, massage has been effective to the point their surgery has been cancelled and they feel wonderful.

I love sharing the gift of massage as much today as the day I started!

Steve Serra, NCTMB

Yes Even though I am just in my first year of business at age 58, I am loving the one-on-one personal contact and working at my own pace. It's a welcome change after teaching highschool Spanish for over 20 years! I loved the teaching part, but not the stress and unending work, which is what gave me a huge pain in the neck(literally!). The pain prompted me to try massage and I was ecstatic to discover it worked...Then I became interested in HOW and WHY it worked...and today I am my own boss at my little office in a small town in south central Virginia. Sounds unlikely in many respects, but it's beginning to pay off! Are there anymore 'old' beginners out there?
Cynthia


Yes I'm approaching my 18th year, and have been self-employed for almost 14 of them. I enjoy the one on one interaction, the instant gratification of relieving pain, the flexibility of scheduling, the travel opportunities "have table , will travel". I have added chair massage, and often do quick fixes without table or chair. Massage has kept me fit (I'm 54)and in awe of the human body. I LOVE my work. My only wish is for new thumbs.


Yes I'm approaching my 18th year, and have been self-employed for almost 14 of them. I enjoy the one on one interaction, the instant gratification of relieving pain, the flexibility of scheduling, the travel opportunities "have table , will travel". I have added chair massage, and often do quick fixes without table or chair. Massage has kept me fit (I'm 54)and in awe of the human body. I LOVE my work. My only wish is for new thumbs.

Anonymous
Yes I have found massage therapy to be a very rewarding profession. It constantly challenges me and encourages me to grow and change. Each client is an individual and many of their needs are unique to them. There are similarities, but the differences are the challenges. I love it.

Anonymous
Yes I feel that this was God's gift to me, my gift back to God was to apply the gift to those allowing me the privelage of working with them.

Anonymous
Yes yes, I would. I didn't choose this feel to make money I chose it for the knowledege and education and understanding. To have the ablity to help someone that I feel I love to provide.
If someone states no, they shouldn't have even thought of massage as a profession. like anything else just because it wasn't easy doesn't mean it wasn't worth the while. I think alot of people get into massage without the understanding what is their real reason of becoming a massage therapist.
Every one I know that quit on it was because they didn't want to work at it. they figured once they finished school it was enough.

Yes I like what massage therapy stands for,"A healthy way without drugs to correct many types of pain do to muscles with injury.
Circulation for faster healing after operations.

Gene Burcham L.M.P.

Anonymous
Yes Yes. I wouldn't change the experiences I had in all of my classes and the people I met for anything. It really changed my way of life.

Anonymous
Yes I have been a LMT since 1997. Prior to that, I was a high school English teacher for 7 years. Although the classroom dynamics were rewarding for their own intrinsic reasons (face it - there is no money as a teacher), I truly LOVE the therapeutic massage work I do. I still feel as though I educate people, as they often ask, "What is that muscle? What is a trigger point? How does massage benefit a person?" I feel as though I found the best of both worlds and am truly blessed!


Yes I have never had another career or worked in any other profession where I have felt as fulfilled as my job of Massage Therapist. I wouldn't trade it for any other job on earth.


Yes Dream come true. Life changing career. Making a real difference in the world, one person at a time.


Yes God touched me at birth. He sent me an angel to lay hands on me when I was diaagnoised with a rare form of skin cancer. Being bi-racial it was confusing for the doctors and I was suppose to die at 3 months of age but God had another pland and sent an angel to lay hands on me and heal me. So this is what God had planned for me. I am a vessel for him and for that I will always do his will.

mssada
Yes God touched me at birth. He sent me an angel to lay hands on me when I was diaagnoised with a rare form of skin cancer. Being bi-racial it was confusing for the doctors and I was suppose to die at 3 months of age but God had another pland and sent an angel to lay hands on me and heal me. So this is what God had planned for me. I am a vessel for him and for that I will always do his will.

Anonymous
Yes I FIND THIS THE MOST REWARDING CAREER THAT I HAVE EVER HAD! NOT ONLY WOULD I DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, I WISH I HAD OF DONE IT YEARS AGO!


Yes Yes, I would do it again. I love being a massage therapist. I think helping people feel better and knowing that I have the power to do that, is just the most wonderful thing I have ever been able to do.

Anonymous
Yes Massage Therapy opened doors to me that I never thought were possible before. I have learned to trust people and myself through my field. There is no doubt in my mind that Massage Therapy was the best thing that could have happened to me.

Anonymous
Yes I am very grateful to have the opportunity to serve people in such a meaningful way. Massage is an extension of who I am, so all of my activities involving massage are full of energy and joy! I look forward to each client session and the challenges some of them bring and stand amazed as the power of caring touch, integrity, intuition and intention all come together to make a positive difference in their lives. To do it all over again...ABSOLUTELY!!!


Yes I love this work more now than I did even five years ago. I've been honored to share massage for the last 13 years.


Yes THE ONLY DIFFERENCE WOULD BE I WOULD START OUT WITH A COMFORT CRAFT TABLE, STARTING FROM DAY ONE! THE TABLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT. WHEN FINISHING MY MASSAGES IN THE EVEING, I HAVE A LOT LESS FATIGUE ON MY BODY.

SECOND THING I WOULD DO DIFFERENT IS MY SCHOOLING! THE MASSAGE SCHOOLING IS TOO MUCH OF AN EXPENSIVE OVERVIEW. PLUS THE SCHOOL IS PRODUCING TOO MANY UNDER EDUCATED MASSAGE THERAPIST.

Anonymous
Yes Still the greatest profession for me at this time. I would still be teaching and doing massage on friends, I just get paid for it now, how great is that!!!
Anonymous
Yes Still the greatest profession for me at this time. I would still be teaching and doing massage on friends, I just get paid for it now, how great is that!!!

No My name is Charles Dane, I now live in Savannah Georgia and inorder to own a home, travel, have medical insurance (none of these I am able to afford) I would definately have not gone into the massage therapy field ! It is unfortunate that helping professions are not compensated fairly.


Yes I absolutely would do it all over again..... it's something I've wanted to do since I was 13. 3 years ago I finally enrolled in school, doing it part-time while holding a full-time job, and single-parenting! I 'finally' graduated last May and it was my proudest moment EVER! I still work full-time at a medical school and enjoy giving massages part-time in my home. No matter how tired I am after my 'day job', I get excited and rejuvenated when I get to come home to do what I LOVE!


Yes I'm not certified yet, but I do feel that this is the occupation for me. I wouldn't go back.


Yes Yes, and I wish I had done it a lot earlier in my life (I'm 56). Probably like many others, I was faced with a lot of choices and because I could master a lot of them I really just became a stressed out 'jack of all trades, master of none'. When I started massage school, my whole perspective changed. Massage for me is a way of life, not just a job. It fulfills all my criteria: helping others; creative and continually learning new things; focused; enjoyable to the point where it's not 'work'; in order to do massage properly and expertly I am forced to take care of myself first; makes it a lot easier to handle what stress is left in my life. AND...I get paid to do it!


Yes I waited twenty years to become a massage therapist, until my children were grown. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.


Yes I never get yelled at or "in trouble". Clients are always happy to see me. Even if I am not having a super day I can find fulfillment in making another's better. Plus I am a body geek to the core so getting to geek out with the body is just so much fun.

Anonymous
Yes Massage is a Wonderful Profession; we have been fighting a battle for some time now. Our Profession has been used and abused, using it to exploit people! I see a change in that, as it should be!
I really believe that we should stick with Teaching the Profession without religion. Doctors and nurses and others dont have that, why do we? Because we are considered Alternative? I don't get that! I am proud of what I do and fight everyday to keep it clean and upholding for what it is! Therapeutic Massage

Yes I wasted years in corporate life! If I could have a do over, I'd have started massage therapy much sooner in my career life. I love what I do, and wouldn't trade it for any other career- even if the offer included 10x the money!

Anonymous
Yes I LOVE WHAT I'M DOING. 11 YEARS INTO MASSAGE AND ALWAYS FINGING NEW WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE THRU MASSAGE !!


Yes Had I known that I would have enjoyed massage as much as I do I think that I would have changes occupations at a much younger age. Each I start/finish a new massage, I learn something that gives me more reason to go forward and dig deeper to find more out about the body/mind. I think that being a MT affords me the opportunity to assist people in helping themselves further along. Be it from individual body work, or from finding out what kind of help they need from another specialty feild and helping them through a referral of sorts. I had always looked at the MT feild as a nicety, not necessity. I am finding out the more work that I do, the more that massage can actually help people, and assist the Medical professions, when they give it a chance.
Anonymous
Yes definately, this is a profession that helps ppl in many ways, and this world needs lots of help, if I can help one person feel better so that one person is nicer to someone else and so on....then I have had a great day,this world is filled w/ too much stress and stress causes anger hatered and fear, if we can ease that in any way, even one person at a time we are doing our jobs fullfilling our hearts and making the world a better place to live.

Anonymous
Yes To be able to see the good that's been done in one hour's work through my hands...priceless

Anonymous
Yes Because I enjoy helping people, it is a way to do what I love

Anonymous
Yes I originally wished to become part of the medical community, but after years of rehab (from a knee injury), I had no desire to work in that environment. Years later, Massage Therapy was the only thing that saved me from chronic pain. It became my calling and I can't imagine not being a therapist. This is what I was meant to do.


 yes i would become a massage therapist i love it from the first time i put my hands on a body at school it is a job you love or you leave it Doug from w.v.c utah


Yes I have been very lucky to have found two careers in my life that I have loved.

Massage has definitely allowed a side of me to come out that wasn't available before.

I definitely would choose it again!

Anonymous
Yes wHAT ELSE LEFT IS THERE TO DO. WHEN YOU HEAL TOUCH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE YOU HAVE TOUCHED HEAVEN!


Yes YES, BUT......I feel that Massage was a calling for me. It's a feeling that I hope other MT's have gotten. Im glad I followed my heart. After, doing this full-time, I have become extremely burnt out. Im ready to move on. Now, Im in school for Physical Therapy. :-)
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