Every year, massage schools get loads of students who enroll to learn massage as a way to be able to pay for school. Many students may not necessarily want to practice massage full time as a livelihood, but choose this route because a part time job in massage can pay really well while offering a lot of flexibility in the short term.
For example, spa type facilities, and even medical facilities (on a more limited basis) offer shifts in the late afternoon / evening times, allowing students to work as part time massage therapists while going to school full time during the day to study a subject matter other than massage.
For students who have classes in the evenings, they can choose to practice massage during the day. There is a lot of flexibility in a massage job, especially because most places employ massage therapists as 1099 independent contractors who can design their own schedule.
We see many nursing students first go to massage school to become certified and licensed as massage therapists. They then seek massage jobs and go to school full time to study nursing. Their wages from their job helps them pay for school, after which they eventually become nurses.
The beauty of taking this route is that it gives you more flexibility and options even later in life, long after you have stopped working as a massage therapist. Because of the flexibility a job in massage offers, many ex practitioners decide to go back at some point because they can control their work schedule and make it fit around their lifestyle. This is especially common among working mothers.
Similarly, we also see many massage therapists modify their work schedules when they decide to go back to school to change careers. Their profession allows them to do this relatively easily for the same reasons discussed above.
Once a massage therapist always a massage therapist: The human body doesn’t change much over time and the massage techniques you learn in school will always apply. You may have to renew your license before being able to practice again but that’s not by any means a complicated process, although you must be cognizant of time.
An investment in a massage school is a solid investment both from a personal and professional growth perspective. While this is just one example where the investment can pay off big dividends, there are numerous others that further reinforce the point.