Going Back to Work as a Massage Therapist after Taking Time Off

One of the strong points of a career in massage worth discussing further is the ability to take several months and even years off from practicing and going back to work later when you desire.

The human body and the core principles learned in massage school will always be relevant, today and tomorrow. Thus, massage techniques are skills that are evergreen in nature.

Sure, there are occasionally breakthroughs in scientific studies and experiments that introduce new techniques or modify existing ones. However for the most part obtaining a massage therapy skill set is one that can serve you well for the rest of your life.

Statistically, most practitioners of massage are females. Often times, many women take time off to focus more on starting and raising a family. While some women go back to work right away after having children, many choose to wait a few years before going back to work full time. Many go back on a part time basis, while others do not go back to work at all.

In either case, the good news is that as long as you keep your massage certification active, you can always go back to work as a massage therapist. The fact is that the number of places offering massage therapy as well as practitioners is projected to rise significantly in the next several years. This data is straight from the Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

That said it is hard to imagine any shortage of jobs in the massage industry. Add to that the fact that massage is increasingly now being accepted as a medical treatment to several conditions and symptoms, insurance companies are supporting massage therapy and providing adequate enough coverage to encourage medical facilities to incorporate offering massages in their overall service offering to their patients.

So how do you keep your license active while not practicing actively? Simple – By taking the required number of continuing education hours prescribed by the jurisdiction (state) where you practice. Each state has a specific requirement in terms of continuing education you must take to maintain your massage certification. As long as you do, you can practice massage as a certified therapist at any time.

Many women who leave work to focus on family or simply suffering burnout from the day job often also start small single practitioner businesses where they offer massages around their schedule. Whether full time or part time, this is another flexibility the profession offers and one that you can opt for when a rigid 9 to 5 schedule no longer fits your lifestyle requirements.

The bottom line is that you have options, and options in life are always a good thing. This profession offers flexibility, and as long as you keep your license active, you can always go back to work full time, part time or even start your business from the comfort of your own home. And if you let your license expire, you can always renew it by following a very simple process described here.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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