Comprehensive Guide: Massage Therapy Business Plans

Massage therapists, by nature, tend to be more concerned with feelings and ideas than with numbers and business plans. However, once you take on the role of business owner, you will end up wearing both hats:  hard-nosed massage business owner and compassionate massage therapist.

Writing a business plan helps you, as a business owner, make the best decisions about how to expend your resources.  It also gives you an opportunity to make sure that your personal and business goals are in sync.

If you are requesting financing from a bank or investor, a written business plan will let them know more about what your business does that is different from the others in the area.  It is a tool to convince them that you will be able to repay any loans and/or help your investors realize a profit.

If you are not planning to borrow to start or expand your business, a business plan is still a great tool for you to set goals, analyze the market, and plan for each new step in your growth.  A business plan is not necessarily a stagnant document to be used only at the startup of your business, but can and should be revisited regularly to check your progress and update your goals.

Key Considerations When Developing a Business Plan for Your Massage Business

There are six major areas that you should consider when writing a plan.  For a small single person massage business, the entire plan may be one page or less. For a larger massage business or school, the overall plan will necessarily be longer and more complex.

Decide who will be your target clients

Decide who it is in your area that you want to serve.  Look for a need in the area, or determine for yourself what type of client you want to spend your days with.  If you are a massage practitioner, do you want to target children, pregnant women, cancer patients, or athletes?  Or would you be happier having an upscale spa that targets tourists that are looking for relaxation and pampering?

If you are starting a massage school, do you want to attract students just out of high school, or would you prefer your students to be older adults working on a second career?  Do you want to target students that lean toward more medical massage, spa massage, or Eastern methods such as Shiatsu and Thai Massage?

Develop a Mission Statement

A mission statement is a short, concise, and positive explanation of why you are in business, who you serve, and what image you want to convey.  Rather than “We want to make all of our clients happy.” or “We want to train great massage therapists.”, your mission statement should be very specific.

You may want to help cancer patients reduce their use of pain medication so they can live more active lives.  You may want to train highly professional therapists who can incorporate a variety of modalities in their work.

As a school owner, are you training students to work for a corporation, a medical facility or for themselves?  In the case of a school owner, your target is twofold:  you have to recruit students and you have to produce graduates that can be recruited by employers.

Set Objectives, Strategies and Scenarios

List several goals or objectives that will help your company reach its target audience and help accomplish your mission.  Then develop strategies, steps you can take to reach those goals.  Finally, do some worst-case scenario planning.  Determine how you would react and cope if there was a problem that impacted your business.

For instance, if you are starting a school and want to attract graduating high school students (goal), you may decide to contact the local school and ask about a career fair (strategy).  If there is no such event, what would your next step be (scenario)?

Limit your list to a reasonable number of objectives and strategies.  You don’t need this to be all-encompassing.  Use it as a planning tool to give yourself some steps to take to move your business in the right direction.

Do Your Financial Projections

The financial projections are generally some sort of income/expense or profit/loss statement.  In this, you need to list every type of income you expect to generate, as well as every type of expenditure you expect to pay out.  If you have been in business for a while, include your data from the previous few years and then project out a few years.  If you have not been in business yet, provide some information about your personal income-generating activities before starting this business to show your ability to make accomplish goals.

Some income-generating categories for a massage therapist would be income from massage clients, retail sales, and perhaps leasing out extra space in your facility.  For schools, income could be generated from tuition, fees, student clinicals, continuing education programs, retail sales, and leasing out unused space.

Common expenses include marketing, rent, utilities, insurance, accountants, taxes, employees salaries and benefits, furniture, equipment, and supplies.  The IRS has published a list of allowable business expenses which might aid in making sure that you are including everything.  If you are not comfortable with doing these projections, an accountant or bookkeeper might be needed to help you get a complete accounting.

Have a look at a sample profit and loss statement here for a theoretical massage school business.

Read this article on tax management tips for individual massage therapy contractors who receive a 1099 form at year end.

Come Up With a Funding Plan

Decide how much money you need to obtain from outside sources and how much you are going to contribute from your own funds.  Are you going to borrow from a bank or an individual, find  people to invest in your company for a percentage of the profits in return, or do you have another fund raising plan?

Develop a Marketing Plan for Your Massage Business

With your mission statement in hand, analyze the market and determine whether there are an adequate number of people who meet your target market criteria.  Who is your competition?  You need to show that your business has a good chance at success with the parameters you have set.  After that, you can determine what methods you will use to reach your target market.

That can include social media, brochures, television or radio advertising, networking, etc.  Choose the methods that are most likely to reach your target audience.  If you are wanting to do geriatric massage, social media may not be the best use of your advertising dollars.

On the other hand, if you are targeting pregnant women, networking with gynecologists or maternity clothes stores may be fruitful.

Structuring Your Massage Business

In the United States, there are six types of business structures you can use.  There are three or four that are commonly used in the massage industry.

A sole proprietorship, which many massage therapists use, is essentially where you and the business are one and the same.  It is the simplest form of business structure, but puts your personal assets at risk.

A partnership can be used when two or more people share the ownership.  If you and one or more other person share the risks and responsibilities of the business, you can form a partnership.  This generally requires a written agreement, as well as getting an IRS tax ID number for the business.

A limited liability company, or LLC, limits the liability of the partners in the firm.  There are also S Corporations and C Corporations which are independent legal entities owned by shareholders.  In a corporation, the business, not the shareholders, has the legal liability for the company’s actions.  A corporation also has a more complex legal structure, and more rules and regulations governing it.  You most likely do not need to be incorporated unless you have a large business with multiple employees.

In general, if you are a sole practitioner with no employees, you can establish a massage business as a sole proprietor and just use your social security number as your business identification.  However, if you have significant assets to protect, want to share ownership with another person, or have a number of employees, you are more likely to want to establish an LLC to limit your financial exposure.

If you are opening a massage school as a business, you are likely to want to have an LLC if you are a small single-owner school.  Multi-campus schools and schools with a large number of students and employees may want to incorporate.

The Small Business Association has information on choosing the right business structure.  You may also want to discuss your options with an attorney.

Conclusion

If you are opening a massage-related business, your business plan is a tool to help the you determine your target market and mission, project future profits, plan your marketing, as well as obtain financing from a bank or investors.  The time invested in developing a business plan will help you point your business in the direction you want to go.

You can find a great deal of information on making a business plan online and in books.  The two largest massage-related associations, ABMP and AMTA, both have publications on their website to help massage therapists write business plans.  In addition, the Small Business Association has free help for new business owner.

Read this to see if you are ready to start your own massage business.

Posted in Business - Other, Personal Finance, Starting a Massage School

How Massage License Reciprocity or Massage License Transfer Works

In the United States, massage therapy is regulated on the state and local level.  This means that if you are already a licensed massage therapist in one state and arm moving to another state, you will have to obtain a massage license from their state board in order to practice in that state.  In some states, you can get licensed by reciprocity, endorsement or credentials.

What is Reciprocity?

Reciprocity, endorsement and credential licensure all mean that the state to which you are applying provides some recognition of your current licensure.  You will find that this means very different things depending on which state you are applying to.

In most cases, reciprocity is only allowed if you are licensed in a state which has substantially equivalent license requirements as the state you are moving to.  Most states currently require 500 hours of training at a state-approved massage school, as well as passing a national qualifying exam, such as the MBLex.

States without State Licenses

Wyoming, Vermont, Minnesota, Kansas, California

In states without a state licensing board, you will not have to get a state license.  However, there may be city or county requirements to be able to practice massage.  You will have to check local laws to know what qualifications and/or documentation is required.

States without Reciprocity

Utah, Texas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Iowa, Hawaii, Connecticut, Arkansas

Some states, such as South Dakota, Maryland, Hawaii and Oklahoma, do not have a specific reciprocity or endorsement license.  If you have met their requirements for licensure you can apply, regardless of what state you obtained your training in.

Therefore, in states such as South Dakota, you can use the same application form whether you are a recent graduate or an established therapist.  You just have to show that you have completed those requirements.

In these states, when a national exam is required, there is no recourse for a therapist who was licensed in a state that did not require a national test at the time of licensure.  You would have to take the MBLEx to get licensed there.  Hawaii currently has its own state test that you must pass.

Some states, such as Iowa, Connecticut and Maine, do not have a reciprocity license, but do require you to provide information on the status of your current license, in addition to all the other information on the application.

Other states, such as Arkansas, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Utah, do not have any reciprocity licenses.  You must meet the current requirements of the state to apply for a license.  Because these states specify not only the number of hours of education, but also how those hours must be distributed among different topics, if you got your education from an out of state school, you will have to show that your hours of training meet their laws.

This may require you submitting a transcript, your school catalog, or a form certified by your school showing the coursework.  If your school transcript does not meet their requirements, you may be required to attend an in-state school for a number of hours before being granted a license. In some cases, Arkansas may allow you to appeal to their board for licensure if you cannot produce all the documentation required.

States with Reciprocity

Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Ohio, North Dakota, North Carolina, New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan, Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, Alabama

A number of states allow you to apply for licensure by endorsement or reciprocity, if you are currently licensed in a state with substantially equivalent requirements.  However, their application process requires you to provide all the same documentation as a new in-state applicant, as well as verification of your current licensure from the state you are currently licensed in.

They may also require you to take an in-state law exam or continuing education related to state laws and rules.  Mississippi, Alabama, Montana, Illinois, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Nevada, Missouri, Indiana and New Mexico are included in this group.

States like New York and Nebraska require 1000 hours of training rather than the 500 required by most other states.  In some cases, under certain conditions, if you apply for a license in these states, they will allow you to substitute continuing education hours or experience for some of the training.  You may find licensure by endorsement in these states complicated because they have a number of options and conditions to meet.  Similarly, states like Kentucky that require 600 hours may allow you to appeal to their state board for a hearing to determine if your education and experience is considered adequate.

States such as Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington, Virginia, New Jersey and Alaska may exempt you from providing a school transcript and/or national exam results if you have a license from a state that they consider to have substantially equivalent requirements.

Similarly, Arizona does not require test results or transcripts if you have been licensed for at least 5 years by a state with substantially equivalent requirements.  Michigan and Ohio do not require a school transcript if you have been licensed and practicing in another state for at least 5 years.  Delaware will not require a school transcript if you have been licensed and practicing in another jurisdiction with substantially equivalent requirements during the two years prior to applying for a Delaware license.

Florida requires a school transcript, but doesn’t require you to provide test results if you had to pass a national test to get your current license.  Colorado requires that you be actively practicing for the 2 years before applying, or have 24 continuing education hours.

If you are looking to get a reciprocal license in Tennessee, you have two options.  You must either provide proof of education and testing OR provide verification of licensure and active practice in another state for the five years preceding your application.

Similarly, in Oregon you can apply using the same form as an initial applicant OR (for an extra cost) have a credentialing review if you have been practicing for many years in another state and may not meet the traditional educational requirements.

In North Carolina you can choose to apply as an initial applicant, apply for endorsement based on licensure in a previous state or based on credentials if you worked in a state without licenses.

How Long Does it Take for Reciprocity to Process?

Because the laws and rules in each state are different, and because obtaining a massage therapy license in a new state may require additional documentation or even a hearing before the state board, you should plan as far as possible in advance when moving from state to state as a massage therapist.

In addition to license information, test results and school transcripts, you will often have to get a background check from the state you are moving to, which may take weeks or months.   Even after all the required information is received, a state board may take anywhere from 7 days to more than 3 months to approve your license and allow you to begin working in that state as a licensed massage therapist.

Posted in Career Considerations, State by State Requirements

CPR Certification Requirements for Massage Therapist in Some States

If you are a massage therapist, you may have considered whether you should be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR.  If you are licensed in some US states, you are required to maintain a valid CPR certificate (Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin).

Other states require CPR training, either as part of your massage school training or before applying for a massage license (Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Washington), but may not require you to maintain certification after your initial licensure.  In other states, the choice of whether or not to obtain CPR training is an individual decision.

What Exactly is CPR?

CPR is an emergency procedure that uses chest compression and artificial breathing to maintain blood flow to the brain in a person who has experienced a cardiac arrest (their heart stopped).  It is used to attempt to keep providing oxygen to the brain until medical personnel can administer treatment to get the heart re-started.

You may need to use it on someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.  According to the American Red cross, 90% of people who experience a cardiac arrest outside the hospital die if they do not get CPR.

With CPR initiated shortly after the arrest, the survival rate is increased two or three times, which means that 20-30% of people who get CPR may survive.  Survival is highest when a defibrillator is used shortly after the cardiac arrest occurs.

Why Would a Massage Therapist Need to Know CPR?

In many massage practices, the clients are generally as healthy or relatively healthier than the general public, and the chances of you having to do CPR on a client is small.  If you have this type of massage practice, your knowledge of CPR may not be needed on a professional level, but could be needed just as a general member of the public.  However, if you have a client collapse in your clinic, you will know what to do and how to handle it.

If you work on post-surgical clients, elderly clients, or in a medical facility, there is a greater chance of your client having a medical problem that would require resuscitation.  In these cases, CPR training becomes a more important tool to have in your toolkit, as you have a higher chance of witnessing a cardiac event.

What Does the Training Entail?

Many states consider massage therapists health-care providers and require CPR training on the level of basic health care employees.  A Basic Life Support  (BLS) class for health care providers takes about 4 hours and can cost from $25 to $65, depending on where you take it.  If you work in a medical facility, training may be available at your place of work.

In a BLS class, you are trained to provide CPR alone or in a team situation.  You also learn how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  You will have both lecture and hand-on training and will be required to take a test in order to obtain your certification.  The certification is good for two years, and then you will need to take another class to re-certify.

Posted in Aspiring Massage Students, Courses - Specialties, Massage Instructor Requirements

The Ability to Promote Yourself & Differentiate from Others is Key Says Mario Reyes

Mario ReyesSuccess isn’t quantitative, it is evaluated qualitatively by setting an expectation and meeting it accordingly. This applies to all practitioners and services, where clients evaluate success through their expectations and how well they were met.

Success can extend beyond this standard and transcend into the realms of excellence and professionalism. In terms of massage therapy, excellence is denoted by who knows not only how to put a client at ease, but also knows how to listen to his clients and caters to their needs.

I hone in on these qualities in order to be successful, as well as display my dormant professionalism. As a student, I am one presumed to be lacking intuition, however some people are born for greatness before they ever realize and others settle for their numbers, their face value, their footing.

The quality that brings them success is not the footing they have, but rather the persistence they have in their stride. Success is not biased, it is judged based on everyone’s individual strides, and those who keep moving towards progression are able to be successful.

An essential part to any business or service is the ability to self-promoter. This is a key factor to being a massage therapist, being able to promote your service, differentiate it from substandard and then reflect your promotions thusly to build reputation and integrity. Thus improving clientele and making a successful hotspot for new and old clients alike.

Once self-promotion becomes reputation, the judgment of the clientele will shift from a low expectation to a higher one. This is where other factors, aside from integrity can play a role in the growth, or lack thereof, in entrepreneurship. In massage therapy, it is up to the practitioner to ease tension physically, but it is highly dependent on the atmosphere they create to aid in alleviating intangible stress.

The environment must be trustworthy, open and reassuring to the client in order to make efficient progress in the therapy. This is something that must be demonstrated thoroughly in order to maintain a good relationship with a client, ensuring they will be back soon. Also, having keen focus on the client’s mood and linguistics helps build a stronger relationship during a massager.

Ever since my youth I have adversely struggled with social anxiety. This was a hindrance to my life,   the fear of being judged by others, the fear of being evaluated as a failure. Success wasn’t in my lexicon until I realized that giving up, slowing down and holding myself back was a much worse fate than failing. As a child I would always remain silent and reserved for these fears, and although I would know what I could’ve done or said, it never mattered unless I actualized my visions.

I’ve struggled with this dilemma throughout my childhood years and this continued to persist into my high school years. That is, until I had to take up the mantle of a job where I would be forced to break this self-imposed stigma. Although I would ideally imagined deriving the strength to overcome this fear personally, I was still proud to be able to speak to hundreds of people on a daily basis and get me out of that state of anxiety.

The nature of my job not only required that I destroy that anxiety, which was successful, but also for me to actively socialize, which I now excel at. As the years progressed, I have broken down a lot of walls overcoming numerous adversities day by day. Now, as of today, I’m more active in my approach, picking up my feet that once stood still and even making a network of friends and opportunities for myself.

Success to me is nothing but a gateway toward excellence and professionalism. Those who settle for mere success are low barring it, choosing restricting themselves from their own potential. Being able to move past my handicaps was enough, but instead I moved beyond them. Success is all about matching an expectation, but true success lies with those who can supersede the expectations placed on them.

Clients don’t settle for getting the job being finished, they admire someone who can yield a greater degree of success. For me, nothing less than exemplary would suffice my current work ethic. Rising from a place of self-doubt to self-innovation is a distance, although large, I managed to narrow through sheer effort. Even so, having no chance at paying for college it would be easier to just work after high school, but I choose the high road to further my education. Success was a prospect of mine, but now true success is my propensity.

Mario Reyes can be contacted on his Facebook profile page here.

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Stellar Student Alexa Pellegrino Goes From Communication & Radio Production to Trotting the Globe

Alexa PellegrinoSince graduating high school, I’ve been on one giant adventure.  I was never sure of one clear cut goal, never really had one defined “passion” in life.  I only ever really did well in the arts (specifically music and photography) and was guided towards the very traditional path of getting a college degree.

Because the degree mean “moving forward in life” no matter what it was in.  So, community college it was – or as it was called in my town, 13th grade.  I wasn’t ready for the move to a four year school, wasn’t ready to leave my family, and definitely wasn’t ready to decide what I wanted to choose as a career.

I pursued a liberal arts degree, having no idea what I was truly interested in other than music, but knew I didn’t want to be a performer or a teacher.  This doesn’t leave many options for a musician.  I managed to complete my associates and was again guided, blindly, to transfer to a four year university and complete a Bachelor’s program of my choice.

Mental breakdown #1.  The list of options was long, and many things looked interesting or fun to learn.  I didn’t put much thought into what career would be lucrative in the next four years, what would make the most money or guarantee the most success.  I thought about what I liked, what was fun in the moment and what I thought might be cool afterwards as a job.

I must admit – I wish now that I was a bit more conscientious at that time.  It was frustrating to me, to watch many family members and friends moving into positions and majors that they loved, and were truly passionate about.  I felt like an empty canvas, like I’d love to learn many things and hoped that one would stick.  I often wondered – even through my program in Communications/Radio Production – how I could be spending all this money I didn’t have (knowing that I would end up paying back the money well into my fifties and sixties, like my mother) to pursue a field of study, and potentially a career, in this one small subject with very minimal life experience.  How on Earth am I supposed to know what to choose at my age, when I’ve barely done anything with my life?! “Any degree is better than no degree” is what I’ve been told countless times.  I’m not sure I agree with this sentiment.

To be clear – I LOVED college.  I loved my degree program; it was absolutely interesting and very fun to study.  In fact, I excelled and quickly became the GM of my schools student run radio station, and had above a 3.5 GPA average every year.  I applied was accepted in to the SiriusXM intern program in NYC for my last semester – this was the real test of how I’d fit in the radio world.

I was interested in production, and ended up in a programming position.  If you don’t know anything about programming – most of my day was spent at a desk, programming music into play lists, doing some minor editing, locating CD’s from the vault in the basement to upload into the database, etc.  I was on the 36th floor of the building, not close to many windows, and spent an hour every day on a bus commuting to and from work.

I had an extremely hard time keeping my eyes open at my desk, and quickly realized that there were interns there who were way more passionate about this job than I felt.  It was at the most, a cool job for me.  Not something I’d show up in heels every day to impress and try to move up in the world of radio.  I didn’t quit though, I stuck it out and did my best to take from it what I wanted/needed and left the rest.  In fact, I completed the internship with amazing marks and reviews, and easily could have stayed in this business and done quite well.  But it wasn’t for me.  I told myself I’d never stick with a position where I am on the verge of sleeping at my desk.  This is where my dreams of anti-desk job began.

I had money left over from my excessive student loans, which I realized I could have paid back, but instead chose to use it for myself, to go out and have a REAL life experience.  An experience I could feel good about, one that I could learn and grow from.  I desperately wanted to backpack Europe, but didn’t have quite enough for an extended trip and was nervous of the prospect of traveling completely alone.

This is when the magic of the universe provided me with a magazine cutout, given to me by my aunt who knew well my desire to travel, and wanted the same for me.  This article she found was a feature of various eco-tourism/voluntourism opportunities in the US as well as abroad.  I did tons of research, and ended up choosing a project in Namibia, Africa, working with a wild elephant conservation organization.

This project changed my entire life.  I realized I wanted to do something humanitarian, something where I was free to travel but still work and help people, or animals, or the planet, in some way.  I just wanted to do something meaningful.  When I came home from Africa, I decided to forget about radio and my degree completely.  It meant nothing to me; it felt like a waste of my time. Mental Breakdown #2.

I chose to pursue an AmeriCorps program, to travel and see more of my country, but also to try my hand in service of some kind.  I wanted to help, in any way I could.  I spent a year working for FEMA, more desk job type of stuff, and really was just itching to get my hands dirty.  I was offered the opportunity in 2014 to join a six month seasonal trail crew, working in the Shasta Trinity National Forest in California.

I had never been a big hiker, but jumped at the offer right away.  I have now worked for three different conservation corps as a member as well as a leader of trail/conservation corps crews.  I have lived and worked in California, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon.  I’ve been sleeping in a tent since 2014, working 10-12 hour days in the rain, snow, and burning sunshine.

I know every mosquito repelling trick there is and have hiked a ridiculous amount of miles.  I’ve eaten foods that I have no idea what they contain, and I’ve spent countless nights awaiting death by lightning strike or bear attack.  I’ve met amazing people and seen amazing places.  Out of all these things I’ve been lucky enough to do and see, the one thing that has always been lacking has been self-care.  This year, I quit my trail crew job, because I finally decided to turn the mirror on myself, and learn to have a balance of my time and energy.

I’ve been doing yoga asana for four years.  When I learned of the world of yoga – massage came along with it like peanut butter and jelly.  I had to have both. My aunt would take me to these massage places in Los Angeles famous for their advertisements of “foot massage” but reality of a full body massage.  I fell in love with the world of holistic care right away.

I felt as if the pairing of yoga and massage created this space in my body where it could be open and breathe.  I learned for the first time in my life that emotion is stored in my body, and have cried more in yoga and massage than I have in my life.  This blew my mind, and still does.  The magic and power of physical touch, of compression and relaxation that shifts and awakens things in the body is something I crave to understand, and to feel more of.  I want to be a force to guide people through that experience.

The one other major caveat of these amazing jobs I’ve had is that they generally don’t pay very well.  I have technically been a volunteer living off “stipends” since graduating in 2012.  This along with the long hours and most of them being spent in the woods, doesn’t leave much time to get massages or eat local sustainable organic foods or to have a consistent yoga practice.

I have finally decided that I don’t want to do that to myself any more.  I am choosing my health. Massage for me has been a field of interest for many years.  There have been various occasions where it’s been a toss-up between trail job and massage school.  As you now know, I’ve chosen the trail job each year until now.  This year, I am ready to pursue massage therapy as a career.

I am exhausted of living out of my backpack, of sleeping on the ground, of always being sore and tired physically.  I want to learn to be strong in a sustainable way, and I want to do that to help people feel as good in their body as I have.  I have seen myself as a healer for many years; I do believe it is my path, only it has been the environment that I have focused on.  I am ready to shift my focus to humanity.

I hope one day to combine the two in some way.  I have concerns of my body giving out, of my hands growing painful and weak one day, causing me to no longer be able to give massages, however when I consider what I’ve done, how strong my body consistently shows me it is, I think it will work with me.  I wonder how massage therapists who are in this field for many years approach their self-care, what exactly they do to keep the longevity of their muscles.  I cannot and will not ever announce how long I’ll be involved with something, because I’m open to all possibilities.

I’d ultimately love to explore all areas of massage; I’m interested in where it could take me in my life and in my yogic practice.  I am very interested in hospice and elder care and healing, but am open to my mind being shifted while in school to other areas.  I am fascinated by the human body, and am interested in a medical career in some way.  I think massage is a wonderful addition to something such as acupuncture or even physical therapy.

I appreciate the opportunity to assist in funds for school, having debt from my Bachelors and having used most of my financial aid already, it is something I am concerned about.  I plan to work my way through school, as well as using some scholarship money I’ve made from AmeriCorps, but it somehow seems to still not cover all the costs.  I am passionate about this field, and am excited to continue my healing journey.

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