Q. What does the future hold for the Licensed Massage Therapist, where can I work, and how much will it pay?
A. This is the most frequently asked question we receive and is by far the most important. We strive to provide the best educational value, the best educational experience, and the best options for your future; however, all is judged by how well you provide for yourselves and for your families. All the education and skills acquired are just that, unless there is a future in it. Fortunately people wiser than me have researched this information and I will attempt to share their findings with you.
ABMP School Connection
Published by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, April 2004
The results of ABMP’s 2003 Biannual Member Profile Survey determined the following percentages as to where massages were provided:
63.0% Independent practice settings
16.4% Spa, salon, hotel, or health club
11.6% Chiropractor or M.D. offices
6.6% Chair massage
Independent settings are down, which is a reflection of the increase in other areas. Spa is the fastest growing segment surpassing Medical office; however, twice as many hospitals have announced their intentions to add massage as a patient benefit.
2004 State of the Industry Report
Spa Association (SPAA)
This study shows massage ranks first among Spa treatments. Of more than 3,500 spas that responded, massage was offered at 97% of them. On an average there were four massage rooms per facility. Massage accounts for an average of 36% of sales revenue out pacing esthetic services at 33%. And putting it in perspective, hair care accounts for 9% of revenue. The executive director of SPAA, Melinda Minton, feels massage could play an even more important role as spas offer more massage modalities and emphasize the therapeutic benefits.
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