As a massage therapist you are responsible for helping to support your client’s health and well being by using touch to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Most people go to see a massage therap...
As a massage therapist you are responsible for helping to support your client’s health and well being by using touch to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
Most people go to see a massage therapist to relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation and for general health and well-being purposes.
Using your hands, fingers, forearms and elbows as well as lotions and oils, massage tables, chairs and medical heat lamps, you can administer forms of massage to promote the wellbeing of your client.
Most massage therapists possess a vast range of experience skills, and some might choose to specialise in a particular area of massage such as:
Whilst there are no set training requirements or degree qualifications needed to become a massage therapist, The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT) which is the governing body for massage therapy and sets the standard for the profession, suggests you should complete a course which lasts approximately 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time to become a massage therapist.
The most common ways of becoming a massage therapist are via:
If you opt to complete a college course you could complete a Level 3 Diploma in Massage or Complementary Therapies.
You will usually need to meet the following entry criteria to commence a college course:
A Level 3 Diploma in Massage is designed to provide training for giving massage treatment for commercial purposes in accordance with legislation and establishment rules. Generally speaking, students will cover the following topics:
If you opt to complete an apprenticeship, you should undertake an advanced apprenticeship in beauty therapy massage.
You will usually need to meet the following entry criteria to commence an apprenticeship:
Do you have the personal qualities and skills it takes to be a massage therapist?
You will need to possess the following personal qualifies and skills to become a massage therapist:
One of the very first questions most people ask themselves when considering starting a new career is, ‘how much can I earn?’
Unfortunately, there is no blanket answer when it comes to the hair and beauty industry. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered such as seasonality, the impact of inflation on treatment prices, travel costs for mobile stylists and the size of the hair and beauty sector.
According to PayScale, massage therapists can earn anywhere between £8 - £47 an hour, with a bonus between £7 - £20k a year and commission between £0 - £450 a year, totalling annually £17k - £93k.
To get a better understanding of how much massage therapists make in your area, we suggest that you take a look at local job advertisements for your qualification and experience level. Your college or private course tutors could also provide you with a more accurate estimation of your earning potential.
As a qualified massage therapist or a student massage therapist, you will need insurance to practice your area of expertise.
Unfortunately, accidents happen which is why it’s imperative that you are covered for every circumstance. Whether it’s an allergic reaction to your massage lotions or oils, you’ve accidentally made a patient's injury worse, or a client suffers from an accident whilst in your care or on your premises, you need to ensure you’re protected with public liability, product liability and treatment liability to do what you love every day.
At Professional Beauty Direct, we offer comprehensive massage therapist insurance to keep your business safe from as little as £52.50 per year.
Call our friendly and knowledgeable team for a quote today on 0345 605 8670 or use our online quote and buy system at www.professionalbeautydirect.co.uk.