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Before You Dive Into Massage School - Do These Three Things

Have you ever started a project but changed your mind or lost interest half way through? That's okay if you are knitting a scarf or cleaning out a closet. But if you're starting a massage therapy career education program, you want to be sure this is the right school and right career for you. With today's tuition costs, losing interest before you even graduate can be expensive.

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That's why, even though you may be convinced massage therapy is a career you will love, it's good to be completely sure before you start. How can you be sure? Here are three important steps:

First: Get a Professional Massage

In fact, if you can afford it, get several massages over time with a variety of different massage therapists. Take time to talk with your massage therapists and see how they like their career. Look around at their work environment. Imagine yourself in their shoes, doing what they do, with lots of different people as your clients.

Second: Visit a Massage School

Don't just shop for a massage school online. It's best to actually visit the campus and see the facility. What looks good online might not be what you expected when you show up for your first class. Actually see the classrooms, the practice area, meet the faculty, and see where you'll be massaging clients in your internship phase.

Third: Choose a Program with a Trial or Intro Course

See if you can test out the program to see if it's for you. National University requires all students to complete a one-week Introduction to Massage Therapy course during the very first week of the first trimester. In the intro course, you'll learn the basics of massage therapy through lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction. You must pass the course as a requirement to continue in the program. This helps you determine whether massage therapy is the right career choice for you.

National University is still offering its "Summer Soak Up" tuition incentive for anyone who visits campus before August 31st. By just visiting, you can earn $500 tuition credit for your first trimester. Call 1-800-826- 6285 or email admissions@nuhs.edu for more details or to plan your visit.

Robin Roberts Shares the Value of Massage for Athletes

Good Morning America news anchor Robin Roberts, will be the keynote speaker at this years' American Massage Therapy Association Conference.

Robin Roberts, a former college athlete and reporter for ESPN, has shared her own personal journey as a breast cancer survivor with millions of viewers. More recently, she's shared her struggle with a bone marrow disease that required her to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Through it all, massage therapy has helped her in her healing and wellness goals.

Roberts is featured in an interview with Massage Therapy Journal. She says, "My long-time partner, Amber, graduated from the Swedish Institute's massage therapy program, earned her associate's degree, and is now a licensed massage therapist. One could safely assume that massage therapy plays a pretty important role in our lives! Together, we are committed to a lifestyle of wellness, healing and positivity."

Her video below stresses the healing value of massage therapy for both athletes and cancer patients.

Why not explore how you can be part of the exciting field of massage therapy, and bring increased health and wellness to cancer survivors, athletes and more? Make plans to visit National University of Health Sciences this summer, where from now through August, your visit will earn you a tuition credit of $500 for your first trimester during the NUHS Summer Soak Up special.

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.

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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!