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Want to become a medical massage therapist? Here are 6 benefits to becoming a medical massage therapist.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for Medical Massage Therapy is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024. The number of massage clinic franchises has increased in recent years. Many franchised clinics offer more affordable massages than those provided at spas and resorts, making massage services available to a wider range of customers.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a Medical Massage Therapist is $38K annually or $18.29 per hour. About half of massage therapists worked part time in 2014. Because therapists work by appointment in most cases, their schedules and the number of hours worked each week vary considerably. In addition to devoting hours giving massages, therapists may spend time recording clients’ notes, marketing, booking clients, washing linens, and conducting other general business tasks.
As a home-based business or travelling massage therapist the profession can provide extreme flexibility for a second income earner in the home. It allows you to take on the number of hours you need to supplement your families’ income.
Choosing a career as a massage therapist offers you the ability to become your own boss. All you need to become a massage therapist is a portable massage table and a few supplies you can take to client locations. Being your own boss gives you the flexibility to decide what type of clients you’ll take on, when you’ll work and how you’ll promote your business.
According to the US Small Business Administration, the following are the steps to starting your own business:
Step 1 – Write a Business Plan: Have a plan and setting goals will help you understand if you are on the right track to becoming a successful medical massage therapist. A well written business plan can also help you get financing from a bank or business loan institution.
Step 3 – Choose a Business Location: Most medical massage therapists start out by going to patients’ homes or offices to cut down on overhead expenses. If you decide to work from home, you will need to get a home-based business license. This home-based business license does come with stipulations that you must abide by that include a maximum number of patients you can see per day to not overly increase foot traffic to your neighborhood.
Step 4 – Finance Your Business: Start-up costs are minimal as you only need to afford a massage table and transportation. A benefit of attending Daymar College is that Daymar provides each graduate of the medical massage therapy program with a portable massage table during their last term, so that’s one less expense. Once you passed your state exams for your licensure, you can start scheduling patients. One way to fund your new medical massage therapist business is to get a loan from family and friends. There are also many companies that are willing to finance new businesses including Kabbage, Lendio and other small business crowdfunding websites. Your local city and state government offices may also offer small business loans backed by local institutions and credit unions.
Step 5 – Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business: Are you a sole-proprietor, partnership or Limited Liability Company (LLC)? Each come with pros and cons including tax statuses and financial obligations. If it is just you and don’t plan on hiring employees than a sole-proprietorship structure can be the easiest way to get started as a medical massage therapy business.
Step 6 – Register a Business Name: When starting a medical massage therapy business, you must register with your local city office of business permits. If you do business under your own name, you may be able to bypass fictitious business filings with the county.
Step 7 – Register for State and Local Taxes: Many states require businesses to pay state and local taxes based on gross receipts. In Columbus, Ohio visit the Department of Taxation and in Nashville, TN you must contact the Department of Revenue. You will be required to charge and submit some form of sales or uses tax for services rendered.
Step 8 – Obtain a Business License and Permits: As a medical massage therapist, special rules may apply. In many states, you must abide by special requirements including a permit and special medical forms.
Step 9 – Understand Employer Responsibilities: If you decide to hire employees, keep in mind that additional requirements apply including filing Social Security and Medicare deductions to the federal government. You may be required to purchase business insurance and other costs may be involved with employing individual medical massage therapists.
Step 10 – Find Local Assistance: Most city, state and federal government offices are willing to help you get started and allow you to understand all the requirements you must abide by to open your own medical massage therapy business. You can also join your local chapter of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) to get help and guidance in your new medical massage therapy business.
A medical massage therapist can work full time or part time. They usually set appointments with clients so the medical massage therapist has the choice of when to work and where.
If working in a doctor’s office, a medical massage therapist’s daily schedule may be set depending on the client load of the doctor or may rotate depending on the days the doctor works. Many resorts and spas hire massage therapist and may offer more stable hours and pay. Many massage therapists are mobile therapists and will travel to their client’s home or office to provide services on call. This can be a tremendous benefit for massage therapists that prefer a flexible schedule or the freedom to move around and work in diverse settings.
Many medical massage therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, health clubs, spas and resorts, hotels, for sports teams, onsite at public events, at home or other’s homes or even on cruise ships. Where ever you can go with a massage table can be a place to perform massage on patients.
If you enjoy helping others heal and relax through touch, a career in medical massage therapy may be a good choice for you. Some of the benefits of medical massage therapy to the patient include:
· Ease patient’s pain
· Help athletes prepare and recover from injuries and workouts
· Increase joint flexibility
· Reduce spasms and cramping
· Aid with post-surgery recovery
· Improves sleep
· Improves circulation
· Boosts immunity
· Improves alertness
· Reduces headaches
Medical massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, massage therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients. Medical massage therapists typically do the following:
· Talk with clients about their symptoms, medical history, and desired results
· Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
· Manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body
· Provide clients with guidance on stretching, strengthening, overall relaxation, and how to improve their posture
· Document clients’ conditions and progress
Want to learn more about the Medical Massage Therapy Program at Daymar College? Contact us know and find out how to advance your career as a medical massage therapist.
For placement, financial and other important information, visit daymarcollege.edu/admissions.