The art of massage has been around since ancient times and has always been a popular way for those who can afford it to pamper themselves and to relax in the most luxurious way possible. While a massage may be a very welcome indulgence when we can afford it, its benefits go beyond simple physical pleasure and relaxation. Massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for several physical and psychological diseases; it may be particularly helpful in those who tolerate medication poorly.
Massage is designed to be a relaxing activity, and we all understand the potential it has as an experience. We have all experienced massage to some degree, even if it is the untrained touch of a close friend or loved one. We understand the notion that physical contact with other humans can be a positive experience, both physically and emotionally.
The universality of the massage experience – by which we mean it is an experience that we can all relate to – is what gives it it’s commercial power. People are willing to pay considerable amounts of money to receive a massage, and there is a multitude of contexts in which it would be beneficial to someone’s health to receive one. This means that there are lots of different types of specialist massage. Those who are able to perform these more specialized types are able to command even higher rates.
Training to be a masseuse is a solid career move. Massage is practiced all over the world, it exists in just about every culture that we know of. Still not convinced? Read on for more reasons as to why you should consider pursuing a career as a masseuse.
Go Straight into Employment
Training as a masseuse will equip you with all of the skills that you need to practice professionally. You don’t necessarily need a degree to be a masseuse, but extra training is sensible, as masseurs can benefit from further knowledge of the human body. Many states also have licensing requirements. Of course, if you can get some experience or formal training in the realm of business, you will find it much easier to handle the pressures of marketing yourself.
Also, as with any other industry, if you can gather some experience while working for, or with, someone else, you will be much better prepared for the challenges of running a business in that industry. However, if you already have experience with running a business, perhaps even in a field related to your own, you might appreciate the ability to transition straight from your training and into full-time employment.
Develop a Specialized Skill
Anyone can learn to give massages, but not everything bothers. And of these few, an even small number will ever be able to excel in the practice. Being able to give massages is, therefore, a valuable skill, one that is easily marketable and in demand just about anywhere in the world.
Being able to make money from a skill that you possess, rather than simply selling your time or another commodity, means that you will be able to make money whenever you need it. You will not be dependent upon another organization employing you or supporting your work.
This is especially good news for those who are adept at managing themselves and who want to be able to work as their own boss. If you are very successful at the work that you do, you might want to consider whether you can get away with working in relatively short bursts, making money, and taking time off to pursue other things.
Not only is massage itself a specialized skill, there is a seemingly endless list of specialties within it. Sports massage is perhaps the most famous example, but there are many other kinds. Have a look at the WINKS London website to read more examples of the different sub-specialties which exist.
As we have already mentioned, massage is a skill which is valued just about everywhere in the world. This means that once you have learned how to do it, you could then in principle take it to just about any other country and make money with it. Skills which are so widely and easily translatable are rare. If you are willing to put up with the extra challenges of being self-employed, you will find that no matter where you are, you are able to make money as a masseuse.
Massage goes hand in hand with luxury getaways and holidays. For those who enjoy this kind of environment, being a trained masseuse will give you a simple point of entry for undertaking work there. If you are willing to consider relocating, then qualifying as a masseuse really does make the world your oyster.
Be Your Own Boss?
Who among us can honestly say that we haven’t dreamt of one day being our own bosses? Working for yourself requires additional levels of self-discipline, you will be responsible for ensuring that you are both procuring and completing work at every opportunity. Most self-employed people don’t have a salary; they make money for the work they do, but nothing is guaranteed.
However, for many people, this kind of lifestyle is preferable. Some people find that the freedom and excitement that this setup generates is necessary for them to overcome their usual intransigence towards their professional lives. If you are someone who thrives when you have total control over your life, working as a self-employed skilled professional could be perfect for you.
Virtually any skill can be turned into money these days with enough determination. Massage is a skill that is valued anywhere you might go. It is, therefore, a perfect candidate for a skill upon which to build a future career. If the allure of being your own boss and controlling your professional destiny isn’t enough to convince you, then consider the fact that, if nothing else, you will have learned a skill that will serve you well professionally and personally.