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Poll Results for the following Question:

How do you define full-time massage therapy?


10-14 clients per week
15-19 clients per week
20-24 clients per week
25 or more clients per week

Total Respondents: 1298


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Other I do an average of 10 clients per day and since I don't take no dayz off that comes out to about 70 clients per week. Anybody doin' less than that is plumb lazy. If you're serious about rubbin' for a livin' you'll be focused only on yer clients. Unfortunately my wife and kids has left me claimin' neglectfulness. Cain't believe it but it's true. Oh well ain't got time for foolish foolin round nor the energy ta boot them little whipper snappers neither. I gotta stop writen right now as ma hands bout ta fall off numb and all. Bubye now.
Billy Hill

 My present client base is 40 - 50 per week..That's full time!! I have a lady on stand-by now which will lighten my load. I have been in my own business for 5 years and love it!! I am 50 this year and wouldn't be anywhere else. I encourage other to hang in there for at least 1-2 years to see the results..It pays off in all ways.


This is a basic buisiness question from massage school. Full-time massage therapy is what it takes to support yourself. The following questions have to answered before you can figure out how many massage clients you'll need to see per week:

How much money do you need to make to live on?
How much are you going to charge for sessions; 30 min., 60 min., 90 min.? Are you going to be doing other treatments that require you to charge more for products purchased such as seaweed wraps and salt glows?

That said remember buisiness forecast and projections are just that. You need to allow time for family, friends, meditation and self care. It's ok the first year or two to be available more days and longer hours in order to get your buisiness going, however once you're established, respect loved ones and yourself by setting some boundaries on days and times you're available. This will help prevent burn out. Ten years is too long to work 6-7 days a week. Be "happy, healthy and strong."

Other For some, massage is a job, for others, it is a calling. Only you can determine where you stand, and, consequently, this will likely determine how you determine "full time" massage. I receive massage on a weekly basis from a young man who, quite simply, lives and breathes the fact this is what he was meant to do. After nine years, he is still 100% committed to his clients and this clearly shows in his devotion and concern for their well being. He began working in a chiropractic office and worked six days a week (his own choosing) and was available from 7AM until 10PM at night, as needed. His dedication and care for his clients were his main cornerstones, and after nine years, he is with the same chiropractor, still works six days a week, still is available to come in at 7AM and works two late evenings a week. He is newly married, with a newborn on the way, yet still loves what he does, and it shows with a loyal clientelle that allows him to maintain a home and support a family. This is one example of what "full - time " massage can mean - you get back what you put in. Too often I have seen new massage therapists "give up" after several months or bounce around from clinic to clinic to build up a client base. Stay focused, build slowly but steadily, and be accessible to your clients. It takes time. Only you can determine the hours you wish to commit and the rewards to be gained thereof.
It is truly a wonderful calling - good luck!

20-24 clients per week Assuming one hour per client, anything over 20 per week is a fulltime load. With very few exceptions, therapists who do more more than 25 hours of hands-on per week are abusing their bodies and setting themselves up for burnout (and by extension, their clients, for a degraded quality of touch).

Other I think the number of clients would depend on what type of massage or bodywork you are performing.A foot Reflexology session might not be as long a as a Myofacial unwinding session would be but still be called a client.
Perhaps the question to be asked is "How much time per week should a therapist commit to practicing massage to be called a full time therapist?

Thank you MassageToday for providing these interesting topics. Allen Heinlein

 I usually average between 20-25 per week, but if you are making a living, what ever you are doing is full time. Add in paperwork, billing, notes, cleaning, laundry, etc. and it comes out to a lot more than 25 hours per week

10-14 clients per week Having worked where 35+ per week was the norm & injuring an extensor which took over a year to heal, I believe that 2 or 3 per day is sufficient to be full time - IF you desire to give your best every time

Other It's not how many clients one sees in a week, it's how much time is spent in a practice overall. Someone who works in a spa and sees clients for 50 minute sessions and has no other requirements can see far more clients than a therapist who manages their own business. Time is required for potentially longer sessions, sanity time between sessions for the client and therapist, phonecalls, bookings, marketing, insurance billing, bookkeeping, laundry, management of office staff and/or other therapists, etc etc. I own a business with independent contractors working for me. I consider myself full time yet only see 16-20 clients a week, (1 1/4hr average sesssion length) but I average >40 hours a week at the office.

 I am a full time therapist and some weeks I have as few as nine clients, while other and most weeks I average about 20. If it's your only source of income, and you spend your days working on bodies or continuing your education to better your skills. YOU ARE A FULL TIME MASSAGE THERAPIST!

20-24 clients per week i believe that you can have 3 clients a day or so

25 or more clients per week Four to five 1 hour sessions a day for five days a week is the minimum I would consider for full time. A lot of my practice is chair massage that is offered during midday to people on their lunch hour, so I need to count three clients instead of one for each hour of chair massge. I find I do only three chair massages each hour due to the marketing and public relations development involved in doing chair massage. I look forward to the day when these clients upgrade to a full hour session.

15-19 clients per week This is so subjective! I can provide at least 8 clients a day with a relaxation massage without feeling the least bit taxed. BUT, trying to give a client a Nueromuscular, structural change, well I would like to feel that it is the result of my massage not the number of massages I gave that day.
So In answer to your question, Full Time Massage???
That is what you do for a living, a carreer, your PASSION!...NOT THE NUMBER OF CLIENTS YOU SEE.

15-19 clients per week I do approximately 20 clients in a five day work week, but those do include 90 minute massage sessions as well as 60 minute. After 5 years of steady massage work, I find that I need to pace myself appropriately in order to give my last client of the week the same enthusiasm as the first. Lydia

25 or more clients per week Depending on type of massage work you do, 15 could be considered full time; or 10; but 25 or more would definately be full time. But, do don't get burned out.. remember to smell the roses along the way....

10-14 clients per week In my opinion, if massage therapy is your primary source of income, then you are a full-time therapist; even if you only give 10-15 massages a week

 Full time, to me, is when a person lives on his/her income from doing massage. How many hours is not my concern.

15-19 clients per week 15-17 is my ideal number. It's more about the number of hours at the table and with my clients than how many clients I see a week.

Some weeks I might have 16 clients with 5 1-1/2hr. massages.

My office setting is such that I allow an additional 1/2 hour with each client in my office for whatever checkin/followup is required bringing the number of hours I'm actually engaged with my clients to about 30 hours a week of one-on-one time. I consider this full time.


Oh!Oh!Oh! I Know the answer! I Know the answer!
It's a trick question!!!

You ask for a definition of "full-time massage therapy" yet the multiple choice makes you think
it's solely based on the number of clients per week.

The correct answer is "Other" since other variables, required weekly or yearly living wages and how much you charge for a session, are what actually decides what is full-time. The number of clients you'd need to see would vary based on needed base income and price per session.

Do I get a gold star???

25 or more clients per week Ok, i am just a 16 yr old soph. at Fargo High. I have wanted to be a massage therapist ever since i con remember. i enjoy it people love it. the more the better

 I feel that 20 - 24 per week is full time. There are other responsibilities that go along with this amount of regular clients, including soap notes, research, preparation for treatments, etc.

15-19 clients per week I believe where you can give time to the client in the holistic way, and not in a rush way like a number.

Other The term "full time" is often used to describe a forty-hour work schedule. This would be hard to
apply to massage therapy. Medical massages take a lot of energy and also extra time in paper
work. Some have used the term full time to describe that it is their primary source of income.
We try to schedule no more than five massages per therapist per day. At times, I must admit, we
end up with as many as eight. But that kind of schedule is hard to maintain and creates its own set
of problems. Full time should not be based on how many massages you do but more on whether
massage is your occupation.

20-24 clients per week Depending on the type of massage you are seeing the clients for,I think 20-24 -60 or 90 minute massages would be considered full-time. If you are giving 30 minute chair massages, 25 or more clients per week would be full-time.

Other  A "full time" massage practice is not dependant upon the number of clients seen per week, but is determined by the practitioners availability.

 most folks in the working sector claim 40 hrs per week is full time(8hrs a day),for me I do between 10-12 massages a week which I consider a part time schedule.

20-24 clients per week more if treatments are less thatn 1 hour and include some relaxation treatments rather than all deeper work

Other Full time massage therapy is not defined by the number of hours actually worked but by the "intent" of the massage therapist. I have been a MT for 19 years. MY practice has fluctuated in hours per week over the years and throughout each year. Some months are busy, some are slow. Also, the longer I have been a massage therapist, the less I am interested in doing 25 massages per week. I charge more and work less now than I did when I was just starting. That is my priviledge and also the way I have kept myself in business for so long without injury. My practice is full-time, even if I may only do sometimes 10 sometimes 20 massages per week because I work full-time at it, marketing, doing continuing education, insurance billing, following up on clients/patients, etc.
Your question is dependent upon so many variables such as length of time in practice, fee for service and type of practice that it may not be a relevant determination of what is considered a full-time occupation in massage therapy.

Other It would depend on the length of your sessions or if MT your
main source of income.

15-19 clients per week My goal is 15-20 clients per week. (I am currently building my business.) I can safely handle 4-5 one-hour massages each day; my goal is based on this number.

Other Number of clients is meaningless. I do a lot of seated/chair massage and worked on 34 clients today (33 @ 10 minutes each and 1 @ 20 minutes. Working on a dozen or more a day @ 10-20 minutes is not uncommon. Hours of massage would be more appropriate. In the clinic I usually see 8-12 patients @ 30 minutes each in a typical day. I would say about 20 hours or more of massage peer week is full-time.

20-24 clients per week 15-24 clients a week is quite a few if you are doing 1 hour treatment massages. The number also reflects the time you need to spend chart-noting, and billing for your services if you are able to bill where you work. I am a male practitioner that has has some strugles in the past with getting enough clientelle on my table to support my family, but am now up to 14-19 a week. that is a full time job for me, and I enjoy every minute of the workl.

Other I feel that "full-time massage therapy" is different for everyone. I think that full time is whatever you need to do to have massage as your main source of income. For some that may be only 10 or 15 a week, for others it may be 25 or more. Another reason to be in this wonderful profession, full time is exactly what you want and need it to be, not what someone else decides for you!

20-24 clients per week For me, full time massage is anything above 18 appointments a week.


10-14 clients per week It is important, as a Massage Therapist, to maintain a healthy body. The class of massage therapy that I graduated with in 1996 have only 30% of its students still working in the field. Some of those reasons have to do with bodily injury and "burnout" from overworking their bodies and their practices. I think it is vital to balance the need for money with common sense and ergonomics.

Other Full Time is defined by the number of clients it takes to support yourself at your rate per massage. For example let's say you need $40,000 a year to live on, save, etc and want to take two weeks off for vacation per year. If you are charging $100 per client you would need an average of 8 clients a week to reach your goal. If you charge $50 per client you'd need to see 16.

I think I came up with a proper formula for projections, however I am a Massage Therapist not a CPA, so correct me if need be. ;)

(c)(w)(r)= i
c = number of clients you see per week
w = number of weeks you work per year
r = amount you charge per client
i = desired yearly income

 20-24 a week is plenty, otherwise you burn out.
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