''The idea of helping people feel better is what attracted me to massage therapy. I like knowing that I actually do something that improves people's comfort and well-being and I enjoy the interaction that comes from doing this. I continue to enjoy the occupation as it offers plenty of variety, both in how the work is done and in the wide range of people who seek out massage for such different reasons,'' says Debbie. Although massage therapists generally work indoors in comfortable environments, keep in mind that the work can be strenuous.
Professional massage therapists generally work in the field of stress management and health maintenance and in the treatment of soft tissue (muscle, ligaments, tendons), injury or dysfunction. Many therapists work at home but a high percentage also work in a wide variety of health care environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, medical centres, physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics, community health centres, health resorts, alternative health care centres such as homeopathic clinics and sports medicine environments. Work hours are usually very flexible and depend on the work setting and the amount of work therapists are capable of doing, given the physicality of this work. Self employed therapists may work evenings and weekends and/or work part time hours in several different locations. As with most small businesses, a degree of business skill is also helpful in establishing a successful practice.
For further information, contact:
The Association of Massage Therapists (AMT)
Phone: (02) 9211 2441
Australian Traditional Medicine Society
Phone: (02) 8878 1500