While training for your massage therapy license, you’re on a linear path with a clear goal. It’s easy to know what you need to do next.
However, as soon as you earn your license, the world opens up, and it’s sometimes hard for newly trained massage therapists to know what they should and should not be doing.
So we’re here to list some common mistakes newly licensed therapists make, so that you have the know-how to avoid them, and get an excellent head start on your career.
Do not limit yourself to working in a clinic
Your massage therapist license opens up incredible opportunities for you in a broad variety of workplaces. Working in a massage clinic is great, but there are also plenty of other places to look for work and find new clients.
- Cruise ships
- Day spas
- Wellness centers
- mobile massage therapist
- in-home massage therapist
With extra training, you can also specialize in niche, less competitive markets such as
- Neonatal and prenatal massage. Which opens up the opportunity to market your services with midwives and doulas)
- Sports massage
- Nursing homes
Do not underestimate the strain on your body
When you first start out, your aim is to get AS MANY CLIENTS AS POSSIBLE. But there will come a time when you’ll have to draw a line. Massage therapy is physical work, and if you don’t take care of yourself, you will burn out.
Take care of yourself from the start by making a habit of adjusting the height of your massage table to each client. Use your body weight to apply pressure instead of pushing through with your muscles, and make sure that you adopt the correct posture as you are massaging. These small adjustments will help you to keep your practice sustainable over time.
Do not fail to properly inform your clients
Remember that your clients are more than happy to listen to your instruction. After all, they want to get the most out of the experience. Take the time to create a resource for them so that they can maximize the impact of your massage session.
Give them homework (daily stretches, strengthening and movement based exercises) to supplement their treatment. Ask them to take note of emotional and physical changes to improve their mind-body connection. This way, they’ll be able to properly acknowledge the value of your sessions, making them more likely to return.
Do not think you’re done training
Being a lifelong licensed massage therapist requires an ongoing commitment to continued training and education.
It is now mandatory for massage therapists post a minimum amount of Continued Education Units in order to keep their license. States vary on the amount required, but it may translate to anything from 8-48 hours of education per year.
This is actually a great thing for your career as a massage therapist. Not only does it mean that you have fewer competitors (fewer people are prepared to make the commitment) it also means that your career can evolve as you learn new massage modalities, keeping it fresh for you and leading to greater opportunities as you progress in your knowledge and experience.
Take a look at the courses we offer and decide which direction you’d like to take your massage therapy career next.