If you are like the millions of people roaming this world, you are sometimes unsatisfied with your work-life commitments. Sure, the pay is good (or not) and the benefits are there (or not) but sometimes you can’t help but feel…lacking in some way.
What if I told you there is a way out of the humdrum and monotony of your current situation? A way to make some extra money each month AND develop a sense of personal fulfillment and soul happiness? There is.
Many people invest their time and money into developing a second career to help with the weight of their current bills and also provide space for creative expression. Most of us living in the DMV area hold prestigious jobs in the government community, which allow little to no self expression. A second job that expresses your interests can do more than add to your bank account, it can also bring life back to you.
There are many avenues you can go down to creating a secondary income and redefining your work life. For some, the second job becomes a satisfying hobby that brings in a little extra cash each month; for others, it can be the transition they have been waiting for to smoothly exit out of their current positions while maintaining the income stream.
One of the few growing industries and little known secrets is the career of massage therapy. Here are some interesting and factual statements to consider from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-21017 and the 2015 Massage Profession Research Report from American Massage Therapy Association :
According to the 2015 Massage Profession Research Report from the American Massage Therapy Association, the number of practicing massage therapists grew by approximately 32% over the last decade.
The United States Department of Labor projects that employment opportunities for massage therapists will grow much faster than average from 2014 to 2024.
Approximately 32.6 million Americans received a total of about 140 million massages in 2014
92% of Americans believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain and 91% believe that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness.
If that isn’t enough to raise an eyebrow or have you lean in a little closer, consider these facts as well as published by the American Massage Therapy Association:
Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the country in 2015.
By comparison in 2005, massage therapy was projected to be a $6 to $11 billion a year industry.
It is estimated that there are 300,000 to 350,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States.
From 2011 to 2015, revenue from alternative health care providers, which includes massage therapists, increased by 14 percent, and employment increased 19 percent. Revenue growth is projected to continue at an average rate of 3.6 percent per year through 2020.
Between July 2014 and July 2015, roughly 39.1 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once.
I can tell you from personal experience as a licensed Massage Therapist and the owner of Lotus Wellness Center that these statistics and projections are on point. I have watched my business steadily grow in clientele and finances over the years from a meager start in 2008 to the booming business it is now.
But enough about the money part of this talk. What about the feelings?
Entertain me for a second. Imagine your work day at your current job. You probably had a long commute, stuck in traffic, get to work where there is a lot of noise (staff, customers, work environment), tedious meetings, irritating coworkers and demanding bosses. You deal with this for 6-8 hours a day every day and then jump into traffic and get home so late and tired, there is no room or effort to do something else.
Let’s switch the script. You own a massage practice from home in this scenario. You wake up when you want to, and come downstairs and workout in your living room or do some yoga and meditation. Make yourself breakfast and take a relaxing shower while listening to your favorite station on Pandora before heading to your home office where you begin your day. You see your first client and as you set the room with aromatherapy, relaxing music and a soothing environment…you think for a split second, “Wow my life is amazing.” At the end of the session, your client is immensely grateful to you for removing the stress of life from their muscles and pays you what you asked for. You say goodbye, book them a follow up appointment and then head out the door to run errands.
Even if half of that is not the reality of what your practice could be, even some of it is welcomed at this time. Am I right?
You might think to yourself it is too late to start a second career or I am too old for that. Well according to AMTA you might be right in the vicinity of the norm. What does the average massage therapist have in common with you?
Most likely to enter the massage therapy profession as a second career.
Predominantly female (86 percent).
At a median age of 45 years old. Twenty-one percent were younger than 35 in 2015.
Most likely to be sole practitioners.
Working an average of 20 hours a week providing massage.
Likely to provide massage therapy in a number of settings, including clients space, their own office, a health care setting, health club/athletic facility, or massage therapy only franchise or chain.
Yes starting a second career can be a daunting idea and something as serious and professional as massage therapy might be terrifying but the old adage applies here: What you put into it, you get out of it. If you learn a new hobby that takes one hour to learn and try to create that as your second career, you can get but so far. If you invest in your future by taking the necessary courses and action now, you can expect to reap the benefits later.
By statistics and my own personal account, massage therapy is not going away, in fact it is becoming a popular trend that continues to grow and flourish with each coming year. Consider these statements:
Fifty-two percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2014 and July 2015 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness.
Ninety-one percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
In July 2015, more than fifty-one million American adults (16 percent) had discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers in the previous year.
Of those who discussed massage with their doctor or health care provider, 69 percent of their doctors or health care providers referred them to a therapist/strongly recommended massage therapy/encouraged them to get a massage.
While physicians led the way in recommending massage (54 percent vs. 59 percent in 2014), chiropractors (46 percent vs. 49 percent in 2014) and physical therapists (37 percent vs. 43 percent in 2014) also recommended massage therapy when their patients discussed it with them.
Nearly two-thirds of adult Americans (65 percent) would like to see their insurance cover massage therapy.
Low back pain
Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
Lowering blood pressure
Reducing headache frequency
Decreasing pain in cancer patients
Can you imagine providing a service and getting paid to help people with pain relief and stress management? How awesome would that feel to do something worthy and contribute to society in a meaningful way?
At this time you are probably considering a second career in massage therapy, I mean why not? After the school and taking the exam, you can look forward to forming a lucrative business that:
1) Helps people
2) Adds to your income
3) Adheres to your schedule
4) You own and become a boss at!
So what does it entail to become a massage therapist? In the State of Virginia, you are required to pass a background check, complete a 500 hour massage therapy program and pass the MBLEX exam. There are a variety of schools offering different variations of this requirement and you can choose one based off of your schedule and budget.
In Manassas, Lotus Signature Massage School opened their doors in 2017 to accept students for their first ever massage therapy certification program and have been going strong ever since.
A student can enroll any month (there is a new class starting June!) and the school year runs for 12 months with a total of 525 hours. The cost is the best part…..you can create a new career and get to your secondary income at the amazing cost of $7,500…a welcome break for new students as other schools in the area offer programs of 600+ hours and cost over $10,000.
Worried about fitting in a class schedule around your work schedule? LSMS has you covered. Classes run only twice a month on two weekends from Friday-Sunday. Imagine that? Developing a second career and making the transition to a soul satisfying career without a break in life.
If you are considering starting a second career in Massage Therapy, I recommend Lotus Signature Massage School for a variety of reasons:
1) The cost.
Because this is a new school forming, the significant drop in tuition fees (savings $5,000) is a welcome bonus to anyone who wants to transition from their former career without breaking the bank. Obviously fees will go up in following years but for the lucky few coming in this year, it’s a deal that cannot be replicated.
2) Small classes.
Lotus Signature Massage School keeps their classes small with a maximum of 12 students at any given time. Small classes mean individualized and personal attention that is lacking in larger classes.
3) The Faculty.
Both faculty members have been in the massage field over ten years and both own their own businesses. They have each worked in a variety of settings and bring academic and real world knowledge to the program. Students will understand and learn about massage therapy in a professional and realistic way.
With several school closings in the area, this school is the nearest and most convenient location for anyone in the Manassas/Prince William county area. Other schools are located close to DC or Richmond and can be a pain to get to during the week and on weekends.
Whether you are moved to begin a career in massage therapy or not, one message is clear that you really do need to consider. For most people, having one source of income is not enough both financially and spiritually. Multiple streams of income allow you to diversify your financial basket and also create opportunities for soul growth and creative expression. So if you are not happy where you are right now, start thinking and writing down ideas that make your soul happy. Massage therapy was mine, what’s yours?
Love and Light,