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
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.
Massage therapy job
opportunities are anticipated to grow by 21.6% over the next 8
years. The profession comes in at number 23 out of the 28 top
employment growth fields according to a major online media
MSN's "Money" featured a
recent slideshow highlighting the top 28 fields with the
highest projected employment growth between today and 2024.
The online publication used projections from the U. S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics to determine career rankings.
If you have a high school degree or GED, it can take as little
as one year of convenient evening classes at National University to
earn certification as a massage therapist and be able to take your
state licensing exam. You can then work in your choice of
venues, be it a spa, a sports medicine center, integrative health
care clinics, corporate wellness centers or your own business.
Explore how easy it is to start your career as a massage
therapist by attending National University's next Massage
Therapy Information Night on March 23rd, 2016.
You can also schedule an individual tour during the daytime if that
is more convenient for you. Get started in planning your visit by
Do 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
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
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.
email or call Deb Cascio at 1-800-826-6285 for more
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?
Recently, 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
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
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
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
From the 1990s until today, more and more states began to
license massage therapy. There are now 45 states that license
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!
Massage Therapy Awareness Week October
The 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
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,
"Outreach events not only increase massage therapy awareness,"
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
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.
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