We have written a great deal about the freedom and flexibility a massage career can offer, and in this article we want to further expand on yet additional options this career can open up for you while you are practicing massage, in your spare time or long after you are done if you decide to make a permanent switch in careers.
While this list is not by any means comprehensive, it provides a handful of considerations to contemplate now or later in your career.
Recreational massage courses: You can offer recreational courses or join a company that offers one. Recreational massage courses are for individuals and couples who want to learn how to give a good massage but don’t necessarily want to become professional practitioners or licensed therapists. These courses are very common and popular in local communities. They are normally 1 to 2 hours in duration and light hearted in nature. Getting involved in teaching recreational massages can also lead to healthy social interactions and friendships.
Side gig: In addition to being employed, you can start your own business on the side. You can offer massages from your home, by going to patients’ homes, or even renting out an office space where you can practice on your own time. Mobile massages are also becoming more popular – yet another option to consider. Any of these can add a little bit of extra money in your bank account.
Teaching: You can take your career to the next level by becoming a massage instructor. Many therapists who burn out from practicing massage often pursue this route because they enjoy the industry and want to stay in it. It also helps that you already have a strong knowledge base rather than starting completely from scratch. This is a particularly good option for therapists who can no longer practice due to a physical condition that restricts them from providing massage therapy.
Board membership: You can get involved in an organization within the massage industry. There are many advocacy and special purpose groups that you can get involved in and pursue many opportunities within both on a voluntary and paid basis. Years of service in these organizations qualify you to pursue higher positions over time. Some board members of larger organizations earn a surprisingly large amount of salary.
Volunteer opportunities: The massage skill set can be utilized in many volunteer opportunities outside of work. A common example of this is massage therapists giving back to their communities by volunteering in retirement homes and hospices. This is an opportunity to feed your soul and do greater good for the society.
Career coaching: This is essentially what we are doing. As professionals with years of experience, we are taking our time and giving back to the massage community. You can do the same in your community on a one on one basis, in smaller group sessions or even on a broader scale with mass audiences.
A successful career in massage therapy is not only lucrative from a financial perspective, but it also offers a lot of freedom, flexibility and choice of activities you can engage in for both personal and professional satisfaction.