How to Become a Massage Therapist

If you enjoy working with as well as helping others, you might want to consider a career as a massage therapist. It is an excellent choice if you enjoy working in a quiet atmosphere with no supervision. This service is one that will always be in demand.

One of the first steps to becoming a massage therapist is deciding on what type of massage or bodywork training interests you. Choices are varied and include Reiki, deep tissue massage, medical massage, Swedish massage, and even animal massage.

Required training

Training and certification are dependent on your location. Both city and state guidelines typically apply. It is recommended that you research multiple training programs in your area before making the final decision. It is not uncommon for these schools to teach various curriculums and philosophies and there really is nothing worse than starting a training course only to find out it isn’t really right for you.

Required supplies

Startup costs are generally under $2000. You will need some sort of massage table or chair (portable models are available), a wide selection of massage oils, and large clean towels. Candles and music CDs will help to create a relaxing environment.

Type of service

Some successful massage therapists take their business on the road, offering mobile masseuse services to busy executives and other individuals who have little time to schedule traditional appointments.


It is not necessary to start out with a large advertising budget. This is the type of business where “word-of-mouth” advertising works quite well. Offer a free massage to several friends and family members in exchange for a mention of your business. Another great promotional idea is offering a few charity massages in exchange for the publicity.

Many businesses and organizations such as spas, nutrition shops, chiropractors, bike clubs and athletic clothing stores typically allow individuals to leave business cards or flyers at the location. This is another excellent way to generate interest in your services.

Keep in your mind

This is a service that can be offered on a part-time basis. Weekends and evenings are often the best times to schedule appointments, for those who work during the day. There really is no better time to consider becoming a massage therapist. In today’s fast-paced world there will always be a wealth of potential clients searching for stress relief.

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