Helping others relax and feel better is a calling for many people, and it’s a craft that can be learned in a relatively short instructional period through hands-on training from experienced professionals.
The profession of massage therapy has grown exponentially over the last decade, with the industry generating some $12.1 billion in revenues in 2015. Employment in the field rose 19 percent between 2011 and 2015 in accordance with demand; some 39.1 million U.S. adults acknowledged getting a massage at least once between July 2014 and July of 2015. Today’s therapists are in demand at spas, resorts, hotels, sports facilities and other places where clients need relief from pain and stress, and that demand continues to rise. A 22 percent growth arc is projected in the profession in the U.S. between 2014 and 2024.
While many therapists have specialties, most are actually trained to work in multiple massage techniques. When you enroll for massage therapy training, you’ll be able to practice the methods that are most fundamental for starting a career in this rewarding hands-on field.
Four essential massage techniques
Swedish: The most common of all the massage techniques, this usually involves long, smooth strokes, kneading and/or circular movements on outer muscle surfaces to promote blood flow toward the heart.
Shiatsu: Developed in Japan, this optimizes highly localized finger pressure, using a rhythmic sequence on points of the body also addressed via acupuncture.
Deep tissue: This involves intense pressure on deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, usually via slower strokes and/or cross-fiber friction. Some experience soreness during or after this method, but it can be highly effective in treating chronically tight, painful muscles, repetitive strains, postural issues or injuries.
Sports massage: This method focuses on preventing or treating sports injuries and/or enhancing athletic performance. It can employ a number of traditional techniques, but typically includes stretches and faster strokes than a Swedish massage.
Lincoln Tech’s massage therapy training program offers instruction in the human muscular system, hands-on experience in simulated spa settings, information on operating a massage practice, and preparation for national certification exams. You can train for this field in Brockton, Mass.; Lincoln, RI; and Moorestown, NJ. Visit a campus today to find out more and get started on your way to a career that promotes relaxation and overall health!