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Trends in the Massage Therapy Industry

Statistics from surveys and government data compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) show interesting trends in massage therapy field. Their industry fact sheet shows:

  • Massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in 2015
  • Between July 2014 and July 2015, approximately 39.1 million adult Americans (18%) had massage therapy at least once
  • Massage therapists earn an average of $47 per hour (including tips) for massage related work

The AMTA data also showed that 52% of clients received their last massage for medical reasons. Massage therapy is increasingly part of patient health and wellness care in hospitals and integrative medical clinics.


Industry trends show that massage therapy is a great career field for those seeking a rewarding job in health care.  Interestingly, the AMTA data shows that it's also a great choice for career changers. 82% of massage therapists started practicing massage therapy as a second career.

National University offers a one-year massage therapy certification program with convenient evening classes that can start you on your way to being part of this thriving industry. Find out more at our upcoming Massage Therapy Information Night on March 23rd

Gift Idea: 4 Night Course in Massage Therapy!

Massage FBDo you have a friend or family member who just loves to give back rubs, or who has a special touch that can calm and comfort others? They might make a perfect massage therapist and enjoy learning more about massage as a career. Here is a great gift idea to help them take their skill to the next level:

For $90, you can give someone a four-evening Introduction to Massage Therapy course. Since it's at National University, you can trust that they'll get the best possible learning experience. It will give them solid skills on how to give a great back massage to family and loved ones.  Moreover, the course will introduce them to career opportunities in massage therapy.

The course is held several times a year. There are no prerequisites to apply, but the person must be 18 to register and attend the course. If your friend discovers they absolutely love learning about massage, the great news is that those who pass this course can enter right into a massage therapy certification program if they have a high school diploma or GED.

This is not only a great gift idea for individuals - the Introduction to Massage Therapy is a wonderful course for couples.  Give it as a gift to yourselves, and you and your partner can enjoy providing better, more effective health-giving massages to each other.

Apply online, email or call Deb Cascio at 1-800-826-6285 for more information.

A History of the Massage Profession

Here at National University of Health Sciences, we are currently seeing historic growth in research supporting the health benefits of massage, and an increased incorporation of massage therapy in integrative medical settings. But did you know that the massage occupation dates back to colonial times?

History MTRecently, Patricia J. Benjamin wrote a great article for AMTA's Massage Therapy Journal titled "Brush Up on the History of Your Profession."  She explains how "Rubbers" (what massage therapists were once called) worked as far back as the 1700s, when they were even employed by surgeons to assist with patient rehabilitation after surgery. "Rubber" was one of the few occupations where women could make a living outside the home.

In the 1850's, you might receive bodywork from a "medical gymnast" trained in a Swedish system developed by Pehr Henrich Ling. Several training schools opened for Ling's system across the United States. 

The words masseuses or masseur became common later in the 1880s, through a training system of manual manipulation developed by physician Johann Mezger. Ohio was the first state to license masseuses and masseurs in the late 1800s, with Agnes Bridget Forbes being the first licensed masseuse in 1916.

At the turn of the 20th century, massage was often used along with hydrotherapy and rest cures in sanitariums and natural convalescence centers. It wasn't until 1930 when Swedish massage became dominant on the massage scene - yet it was different than today's Swedish massage, in that it encompassed an entire wellness system of massage, movements, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy.

In 1960, the terms "massage therapy" and "massage therapists" became the preferred term we still use today in the profession. Then, in the 1960s and 1970s, a growing counter-culture brought in more techniques and styles such as Rolfing and Esalen, while Asian influences raised the popularity of Shiatsu and Ayurvedic massage.

From the 1990s until today, more and more states began to license massage therapy. There are now 45 states that license massage therapists.

Read more from this article and see why now is a great time in history to start your career in massage therapy, then visit National University to get started with the education you'll need!

Bringing Massage to the Community

Massage Therapy Awareness Week October 25-31

2015-10-21_pic _stackThe AMTA has declared October 25-31 as National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. Massage therapists across the country use this week to promote the benefits of massage therapy to their communities and encourage people to incorporate massage into their personal wellness plans.

At National University of Health Sciences, community education is a year-round effort. Massage interns participate in community outreach events as part of their graduation requirements.  Teams of students, accompanied by faculty supervisor, bring portable tables or massage chairs to sports and charity events and well as corporate and community wellness fairs.

There are a wide variety of community outreach events where NUHS massage interns have provided free massage and massage education, such as:

  • American Cancer Society "Relay for Life"
  • Village of Lombard Senior Citizen Health Fair
  • Illinois Hands and Voices "Moms Night Out"
  • Edward's Cancer Center Women's Retreat

"Outreach events not only increase massage therapy awareness," says Dr. Patricia Coe, massage supervisor at NUHS. "They provide valuable massage practice experience for our interns and instill in them in the importance of giving back to the communities we serve."

Community service opportunities that share the "hands-on" benefits of massage not only bring awareness to the value of massage therapy, they are part of what makes the massage therapy program at National University outstanding.


Mayo Clinic Integrates Massage Therapy into Treatment Plans

More and more hospitals are incorporating massage therapy into patient care -- including the Mayo Clinic. This is because of the proven benefits of massage therapy for stress relief, pain reduction, and more.

In this video, you'll hear Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic explain why they are expanding the use of massage therapy for patients with a wide variety of medical conditions.

National University prepares you to succeed as a massage therapist working as part of an integrative medical team. The program gives you the experience you'll need to take advantage of expanding career opportunities in major hospitals and other institutions.

At National University, you'll serve your internship in its on-campus integrative medical clinic. You'll see clients who've been referred by their physician for therapeutic massage as part of their overall medical treatment plan. You'll learn how to maintain client charts properly and understand the medical terminology needed to communicate effectively with the client's physician or medical specialist. You'll also work alongside student interns from the university's graduate medical degree programs.

That's why National University is a great place to start your career journey in massage therapy. Why not plan a visit?