CHOOSING A CAREER / AUG. 11, 2014
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How to Become a Mobile Massage Therapist

Massage plays an important role in our lives. With stress taking toll on our bodies and minds, massage enables us to have a healthier lifestyle. Mobile massage therapists offer mobile massage services to clients who either find it more appropriate to have a treatment in the comfort of their homes or who are not able to go to a massage clinic. The position of a massage therapist requires individuals who enjoy working outdoors and who are willing to improve the well-being of others.

What Do Mobile Massage Therapists Do?

Mobile massage therapists might also offer services at various hotels for visitors and business people. These services are organized by the hotel’s custodian. Mobile therapists usually supply their own towels, oils and massage tables, and offer advice concerning the requirements for the therapy. Their duties include:

  • Conferring with clients about their medical problems and histories to determine the effectiveness of massage
  • Proposing and developing client treatment plans that are specific to the type of massage to be performed
  • Assessing the client’s soft tissue state, joint function and quality, range of motion and muscle strength
  • Referring clients to other therapists when required
  • Consulting with other care providers such as chiropractors and physiotherapists to establish treatment procedures for clients
  • Treating clients in various settings such as offices and homes

Salary

Mobile massage therapists take home a median annual salary of about $45,000. Below are mobile massage therapists’ earning in the popular cities.

City

Earnings

Atlanta

$46,882

Saint Louis, MO

$45,576

Orlando, FL

$44,340

Las Vegas

$46,348

Los Angeles

$50,969

Baltimore, MD

$47,752

Source: salary.com

Skills

As a mobile massage therapist, you provide the aptitude of relaxation by availing your massage skills and materials to your clients’ location of choice.  In order to serve well in this position, you need to have the following skills:

  •          Awareness  of the processes and principles for offering personal and customer services
  •          Familiarity with human behavior and performance
  •          Ability to communicate effectively
  •          Social perceptiveness
  •          Ability to understand written material
  •          Judgment and decision making skills

Qualifications

To become a mobile massage therapist, you need to first receive proper training as a massage therapist. Massage therapists normally join postsecondary learning programs whose completion typically takes a year or two. These programs comprise of coursework in hygiene, first aid, kinesiology, physiology and anatomy. Hands-on education is a crucial part of this program and a good number of schools have clinics that give the students a chance to practice massage techniques on persons.

Upon receiving the required training, the massage therapist should consider acquiring special massage gear that can be moved with little effort. Even though a large number of massage therapists prefer joining a group of massage therapists, it is possible to provide mobile massage services independently. You need to obtain licensure since most states require you to be licensed. Additionally, for you to stand out in this profession, you must be able to provide several kinds of massage since most of the massage therapists are specialized in only a single variety. Alternatively, you can consider working for a company that provides mobile massage services. Either way, it is advisable to consider offering services in a typical spa to increase your income.

Career Outlook

According to BLS, job opportunities for mobile massage therapists are estimated to increase 23% from 2012 to 2022.  This is attributed to the increase in the number of massage clinics and spas. Mobile massage therapists who are able to build up their clientele are able to work full time and increase their income.

An important observation about this career is that you need clients to succeed. Therefore, you should market yourself openly to your potential customers. Making online advertisements as well as approaching corporations might also be a good way to reach more clients. Working as a mobile massage therapist is fit for individuals who enjoy making constant outcalls and spending time either alone or with clients with minimal association with other therapists.

 

 

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