Online Help for Job Seekers

You’re in massage school and beginning to think about life after graduation—but where will you find a massage job? A good place to start your search is on one of the many websites that can help you get settled in your new career. There are two categories of sites that fulfill this purpose: job sites, […]

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Massage Therapy Career Options: Private Practice vs. Employment

At some point in their careers, most massage practitioners work alone, whether in a private office, home or outcall practice. Some, however, choose to kick-start their careers by working as an employee at a spa, massage franchise or clinic. Others take part-time jobs to augment their private practices, and still others prefer to work for […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.

Massage Students and Social Media: Start Now

You work hard in massage school, focusing on mastering bodywork and demonstrating your knowledge on tests and quizzes. Graduation and licensing are right around the corner. Even if you are still in school, you don’t have to wait to start handling the business side of becoming a massage therapist. An excellent first step is to […]

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About the Author

Bard Williams, Ed.D., C.M.T., L.M.T., is managing partner of Silicon Valley Massage Therapy Group in San Jose, California, which specializes in therapeutic and sports massage for individual and corporate clients throughout Silicon Valley. He is a National Holistic Institute graduate and Massage Therapy Ambassador, one of the school’s elite group of alumni volunteers.

8 Resume Tips for Massage Therapists

A resume often represents your first impression on a potential employer, but you’re so much more than that sheet of paper-especially when you’re a massage therapist, whose qualifications are best showcased by your hands-on work. Despite the subjective nature of massage therapy, a stellar resume is still critical, even more so when you’re trying to […]

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About the Author

Suzanna Colberg (clippings.me/suzanna) is a Chicago-based writing professional who specializes in both print and online features. She has served as a writer for massage therapy listing network Rubstr (rubstr.com) and has contributed to Grand Rapids Magazine, as well as various health and financial blogs.

You’re Graduating from Massage School…Now What?

Finally! You are about to graduate from massage school. If you’re like many new massage therapists, your vision for your post-graduation life probably involves starting your own private practice. However, many new graduates find it valuable to start out in the industry by working for an employer, earning wages and receiving tips, for at least […]

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About the Authors

Robin Wooten, L.M.T., N.C.B.T.M.B., N.M.T., and John Sanders, L.M.T., M.M.P., established Next Level Massage Education LLC (nextlevel-me.com) to help massage therapists not be average. They have a combined 28 years' experience as entrepreneurs maintaining private practices, and 18 years as massage therapy educators. They are National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork-approved continuing education providers.

Searching for Massage Jobs? You May Be in for Some Surprises

Preparing to start a professional career in massage therapy may seem simple enough—especially since the demand for massage therapists is expected to continue growing. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the number of massage jobs in the U.S. will increase by 23 percent by the year 2022. Even if you have a […]

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Amanda MittanAbout the Author

Amanda Mittan, L.M.P., C.P.T., P.E.S., is program director for the massage therapy program at Carrington College's Spokane campus (carrington.edu/schools/spokane-washington). She has nearly 14 years of experience in massage and has worked at a number of spas, served as an instructor and managed her own practice.

Everyone Uses Social Media — Including Your Future Boss

Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. LinkedIn. If you participate in social media, you likely have at least one of those channels to maintain. All those posts, photos, videos and other random bits of media you’ve gathered can help you—or hurt you—when you’re looking for work as a massage therapist. In addition to conducting traditional background checks, many […]

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About the Author

Allison Payne is managing editor of futurelmt.com, and MASSAGE Magazine's online & associate editor.

Reassuring Stats: You Can Get a Massage Job

There is a surge of consumer interest in various aspects of health and wellness. There is now a hotbed of health and wellness professionals, from fitness instructors, medical professionals as well as licensed massage therapists. When I tell people I’m a massage therapist who practices in Texas, one of the most frequent comments I hear […]

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About the Author

Jennifer Shaw is a licensed massage therapist in Austin, Texas. Shaw attended Texas Healing Arts Institute in 2007, and in 2008, became the marketing director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, where she continues her massage education to this day. Currently, she balances her time between a position at Massage Heights Lakeline, her private practice, Bodywork In Austin, and being a mother of two.

The One Reason Every New LMT Should Work at a Massage Chain After Graduation

When I started writing this article, I planned to catalog at least three of the several reasons every new massage therapist should work at a massage chain after graduation. But really, future massage therapists only need one reason: You don’t know it all. I’m a part-time, new hire at a massage chain, and I’ve provided […]

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About the Author

Jennifer Shaw is a licensed massage therapist in Austin, Texas. Shaw attended Texas Healing Arts Institute in 2007, and in 2008, became the marketing director of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, where she continues her massage education to this day. Currently, she balances her time between a position at Massage Heights Lakeline, her private practice, Bodywork In Austin, and being a mother of two.