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Don’t want to be in cubicle for the rest of your life? Maybe massage training is the right path for you

February 9, 2009 0 Comments

Do you enjoy having many options at your fingertips? Are cubicles not for you? Massage therapy training and a massage therapy diploma can help you break from the mold and pursue a career without walls! Massage therapy courses can help you prepare for a career in what according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is a growing and exciting industry. Source:  A massage therapy diploma can help you take the first step towards becoming your own boss.

Why Massage Therapy?
Working as a massage therapist provides many opportunities and a great deal of variety or work environment and job positions for you to choose from. There are over 80 different types of massage therapy to specialize in, including: Swedish massage, reflexology, sports massage, shiatsu and deep tissue massage. Massage therapy training may also help you find employment in a wide variety of locations and work environments, allowing you to choose where to put your skills massage therapy training to work. Individuals who complete massage training courses and obtain a massage training diploma can seek employment in spas, work with doctors in clinical environments, or even begin their own practice. Massage therapy also offers an appealing non-traditional work schedule. Most massage therapists do not work a typical 9-5 schedule. Because of the physical demands of massage therapy, most fulltime massage therapists work only 15-30 hours a week. Source:

Where can I Work as a Massage Therapist?
Massage therapists are in high demand across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapy and opportunities for individuals with massage therapy training, is expected to grow by 20% from 2006-2016. A massage therapy diploma can help you take part in this exciting field. Massage therapists work in many professional environments, both clinical and non clinical.

  • Non-Clinical: There is an increasing need for massage therapists in the non-clinical fields such as the expanding spa industry, which provides a serene work environment.
  • Clinical: Massage therapists are also employed in hospitals, doctors' offices and nursing homes. Working in a doctor's office or nursing home as a massage therapist provides a gratifying opportunity to help sooth people who need it the most.

Start Your Own Massage Therapy Practice
Interested in being your own boss and running your own business? Well, the majority of massage therapists are self-employed and combining their massage therapy training and entrepreneurial spirit to build lasting businesses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006, 64% of massage therapists were self-employed. Massage therapy training and a massage therapy diploma can help you take the first step towards becoming your own boss and joining the many massage therapists that are turning their training into an enterprise.

Why Massage Therapy Training?
Massage therapy training is crucial for learning proper massage techniques. Without massage therapy courses, you could easily injure a client or even yourself. The massage therapy program at Sanford-Brown College-Collinsville (SBC) can help you begin your journey towards becoming a massage therapist. The program offers students instruction in:

  • Practical and theoretical massage
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology
  • Ethics
  • Clinical practice
  • Hygiene

Our massage therapy program also includes an externship to provide you with the real hands-on experience you need. If you're interested in learning more about massage therapy courses and how SBC can give you the training you need to begin your dream career, click here.

Sanford-Brown College - Collinsville is close to many locations:
Alton, IL - approximately 21.6 miles
Edwardsville, IL - approximately 12 miles
Granite City, IL - approximately 8.4 miles
Madison, IL - approximately 11.2 miles


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at (visited February 06, 2009).


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