NOW Magazine - Career Companion - - FRONT PAGE - Source: Sharon A. Al­fonso, LMT. Visit www.FabJob.com/mas­sage.asp for more in­for­ma­tion

1. IS A CA­REER IN MAS­SAGE THER­APY FOR YOU? Do you like work­ing with peo­ple and en­joy car­ing for oth­ers? Can you work qui­etly, in­de­pen­dently and do you have strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills?

2. DIS­COVER THE WORLD OF MAS­SAGE THER­APY. You will be trained in the fun­da­men­tals. Swedish Mas­sage, Deep Tis­sue Mas­sage, and Trig­ger Point Ther­apy are usu­ally taught by most mas­sage ther­apy pro­grams. How­ever, there are many other forms of body­work out there, re­search them all.

3. TRAIN­ING FOR YOUR CA­REER AS A MAS­SAGE THER­A­PIST. Find a pro­gram that suits your needs by con­tact­ing lo­cal train­ing schools and pro­grams.

4. FIND­ING A JOB. Once you’ve fin­ished your train­ing, it’s time to start work­ing as a mas­sage ther­a­pist! One way to find em­ploy­ment as a mas­sage ther­a­pist is to check with the school or train­ing pro­gram you at­tended. You can also check your lo­cal pa­per and on­line em­ploy­ment sites.

5. START YOUR OWN BUSI­NESS. If you’ve dreamt of be­ing your own boss, a ca­reer in mas­sage ther­apy can be the per­fect way to go. Keep in mind that be­ing your own boss means just that—you de­cide on ev­ery­thing from how many hours you work, how many clients you see, and how to set up your of­fice.

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