Massage therapy is becoming a growing field. When most people think about receiving massages, they might imagine a luxurious spa setting. People are more willing to change their views from thinking of receiving a massage as a special treat to an alternative therapy for alleviating stress. Massage therapy practices are sprouting up all over the nation and medical doctors are even prescribing weekly massages to treat different kinds of ailments. Pregnant women are seeking out pre-natal massage specialists and more athletes are turning to receiving a sports massage as part of their training regimen.
Although the field is becoming more popular, not everyone has what it takes to meet the demands of becoming a massage therapist. A massage therapist's greatest tool is their hands so it is important that they remain in good shape because their mobility is needed to give a decent massage. The work can be physically demanding so it is not for everyone. A message therapist's appearance, cleanliness and demeanor is also an important factor so that clients feel at ease. If a massage therapist smelled like cigarettes, it would negatively affect the ambiance that many people look for when receiving a massage. On the other hand, a massage therapist would need to be hardy enough to be able to work on someone who smelled bad or had dry or oily skin.
The two main options a trained massage therapist has after becoming licensed is to try to get hired by a spa, resort or hospital, which is highly competitive, or to start their own practice, which requires hard work to create a client base from the ground up. Knowing several massage styles, such as Swedish massage or Shiatsu, is helpful in attracting clients.