As Massage Therapy continues to grow as both a career field and an increasingly utilized complementary treatment option for a variety of medical conditions more people are becoming interested in pursuing an education in Therapeutic Massage as a way to cash in on a growing industry – which sounds like a great idea…on paper.

The Good News

Yes, it IS true – Therapeutic Massage has a bright future ahead of itself. The predictions made by the BLS related to the expected growth of the Massage industry has continued to prove itself and is now backed by facts. Additionally, more and more physicians are now referring patients to Massage Therapists which helps validate the health benefits of massage.

Massage Therapy is also an attractive career path due to the flexible nature of the business. A career path in massage therapy provides you with many employment options including local clinics and spas, chiropractic or medical offices, cruise ships, private practice, teaching in massage education programs, and management positions. In addition, you can design your work life by choosing to work full-time or part-time.

The Bad News

Becoming a Massage Therapist is not for everybody. It’s important to complete an honest self assessment before deciding to invest in enrolling in a Massage Therapy School. Consider the components of what makes a good Massage Therapist. Are you a people person? Do you have a strong desire to help people? Massage Therapy is all about the human connection. If you lack a nurturing personality if will be extremely difficult to become successful as a Massage therapist.

Be prepared for gradual success. If you’re planning on starting your own business understand that it takes time to grow a client base. Personal connections, word of mouth, and networking all take time before you start reaping full benefits. As with any career choice employers aren’t going to beat your door down simply because you have completed a massage therapy program. When choosing a massage school pay close attention to how much of the curriculum is devoted to professional development so you can be assured you’re adequately prepared to market yourself after graduation.

Make an Informed Decision

With so much to consider while deciding if Massage Therapy is the right choice for you the best way to receive information is by going directly to a Massage School and speaking with an Admissions representative. Don’t be intimidated by contacting schools for information fearing you’ll be greeted with a “hard sell” – accredited schools such as Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage in downtown Port Huron have Student success standards they are required to meet so making sure this field of study is correct for you is just as important to them.

Lakewood School offers informational tours of the school available at an appointment time of your choosing. Because returning to, or starting school often times requires a strong support system, future students are welcome to bring parents, spouses, or family members to tour the school as well.

Ultimately, the decision of pursuing Massage Therapy as a career and your success falls upon your shoulders. Proper research of the personality types best suited for the field along with information received from a Massage Therapy school can help you gain a clear picture of what to expect.

Informational visits at Lakewood School can be made by calling 810 987-3959, or, emailing

Lakewood School is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation offering flexible scheduling and college credit through an articulation agreement with SC4.

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