Reflexology careers have been gaining in popularity for the past two decades and continue to grow today. Reflexology has earned a place at the forefront of alternative therapies for its effectiveness in reducing stress and relieving a number of common health problems, including chronic pain, allergies and digestive issues.
Today, practitioners of reflexology can make this rewarding field their full-time career. They may run private practices in their own homes, travel to client homes or work in chiropractic offices, fitness centers or salons where they deliver treatment and work on building a solid client base.
If a reflexology career interests you, finding the right reflexology training can make all the difference to your success. A reflexology program should provide not only the technical training you will need to do the job, but also fundamental business concepts and other essential aspects of the profession.
Reflexology course work generally covers reflexology history, theory and techniques; reflexology maps of the feet; anatomy and physiology; how to customize sessions based on client-specific issues; ethics and professionalism; relevant business practices and marketing; and supervised classroom or clinical work.
Certification requirements for reflexologists vary from state to state. A good school reflexology program should result in reflexology certification that meets state requirements.
The American Reflexology Certification Board offers national certification to candidates who meet requirements for education and hands-on practice and pass a certification exam. To maintain your certification, you must pay a renewal fee every year and complete continuing education units every two years.
You can expect reflexology salaries to correspond closely to massage therapist salaries where you plan to practice. The reflexology field offers a lot of scheduling flexibility, and the number of hours you work per week will impact your income. Salaries will also vary based on your geographic location, employer type and experience level.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for massage therapists is $37,180. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.
Self-employed practitioners keep the entire amount they earn per session, but must pay their own taxes and expenses. However, those employed at a spa, fitness center or other establishments typically earn a percentage of the session cost, plus tips.
Reflexology offers clients a non-invasive, integrative healing alternative to traditional medicine. Starting your reflexology career with the right education and credentials will help you build a foundation for long-term success in this expanding natural health field.
Please contact us for more information about our reflexology program at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks at 610-705-4401.
If you are considering becoming a massage therapist, you already know that there are many benefits of a massage therapy career. Massage therapy is an exciting field that can be extremely rewarding!
Take the first step! Call now to register for our FREE Massage Class June 25th. There are still a few seats available, and lunch is on us! Call us at 610-705-4401 or register online on the Continuing Education page of our website.
We can give you lots of great reasons to consider a career in massage therapy! The best way to find out if it’s a good fit for you is to try a free class. Here are a few reasons to consider a new career path…in massage therapy!
Massage therapists graduate with the skills they need to get a job right away. Massage therapy school involves a lot of hands-on training. Students are trained in musculature, anatomy, and multiple massage therapy techniques. By the time massage therapy students graduate, they have enough practical experience to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even out of their own homes.
Massage therapists are licensed professionals. To become a licensed massage therapist, you must complete a certification or degree program at a massage therapy school like the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks. You also will obtain hundreds of hours of practice. Massage therapy is a respected profession due in part to the stringent requirements for becoming a massage therapist.
Massage therapists have the option to work in exciting locations like tourist areas and even on cruise ships! If you are looking for a career that will make it easier for you to relocate if needed, massage therapy may be a good choice. And, for the most part, massage therapists can set their own hours. Many massage therapists are self-employed which allows them to set appointments around their own schedule. Being able to make your own schedule is a huge advantage.
Massage therapists work in relaxing environments. Imagine spending your working hours in a peaceful environment surrounded by scented candles, soft towels, and soothing music. The ambiance makes it a relaxing experience for both the client and the massage therapist.
Massage therapists help people! Massage therapists provide an invaluable service to people who are in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress. Massage therapy speeds up the healing process, improves circulation, and can help to restore emotional balance.
Clients look forward to seeing their massage therapist. It’s not like a trip to the dentist! Clients enjoy massage appointments and look forward to each and every one! Whether the reason is medicinal, therapeutic, or just a special occasion, people look forward to getting massages. Seeing a massage therapist is a positive experience associated with feeling good.
If you are hoping for a career that will keep you in good physical shape, massage therapy is a good fit! Massage therapists are physically active. Massage therapists work on their feet and engage their entire body when giving a massage. The nature of the work is physically demanding, and as a result, massage therapists tend to be in great shape.
Because the value of massage therapy is becoming more widely-recognized, job growth in this field is continuously growing. New massage therapy jobs are constantly being created in places such as nursing homes and office buildings.
Massage therapists can become self-employed. A large percentage of massage therapists are independent, work from home, and travel to see clients.
Call us for more information about our program, or to register for our FREE massage class on June 25th! 610-705-4401
Are you incorporating proper and effective upper body work during your massage appointments? You can always enhance your skills and learn even more techniques to benefit your clients.
Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage have been found to help improve upper body conditions that cause pain and discomfort for clients.
Based on revolutionary clinical research, there are new techniques that will forever change the way massage therapists approach myofascial, trigger point, and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines, offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate results from clinical conditions including rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis, pectoralis minor strains, bicipital tendinosis, rhomboid pain, thoracic outlet, cervical sprains and strains, whiplash, atlas / axis & C1/C2 mobilization, facet joint dysfunctions, migraine headaches, bulging discs, medial and lateral epicondyle pain, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and joint arthritis.
Ground-breaking Frozen Shoulder and Hip Capsule Adhesion techniques are also effective.
Plan on attending the two-day Upper Body Work class on August 5 & 6, 2017. This dynamic interactive workshop includes a multimedia presentation, consisting of assessments, treatments, and client self-care for chronic pain and sports injuries, and can facilitate permanent results; even in the most complicated clinical conditions.
The class is being held at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks and is presented by The Center for Pain Management along with James Waslaski, author and international lecturer.
Register via email, or by calling 800-643-5543.
Cupping is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a technique that can not only improve health but provide numerous additional benefits.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction of cupping uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.
Cupping was developed thousands of years ago. The techniques of cupping have been updated but the original philosophy is the same.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. When the air is suctioned, the underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. Cupping is used to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, and pull out the toxins that linger in the body's tissues.
The sensation felt during cupping is usually relaxing and soothing. Cups may be moved around or left in place. The cups may remain on the body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each cupping treatment is unique to the client and to the client’s current day and overall health and wellness. A common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas of the body as well.
Learn more about how to incorporate cupping into a massage therapy program at the Cupping class on October 14 and 15, 2017. Please visit our Continuing Education page for details and to register.
Forearm Fusion™ is advanced forearm techniques developed to enhance career longevity. The goal is to teach therapists how to better utilize their forearms and various aspects of their elbows as well as optimizing and improving body mechanics. New and seasoned therapists will effectively use their bodies by applying maximum pressure with minimal effort or strain.
Forearm Fusion™ will save your body and make massage easy, no matter what your client is looking for, without the use of your hands or thumbs! The two day Forearm Fusion™ class, and the Forearm Fusion™ advanced class, were designed by Jim Funk, LMT.
Jim's Forearm Fusion course is a two-day intensive class that teaches therapists how to utilize forearms and elbows in their relaxing and therapeutic massages. In addition to practicing and perfecting techniques, the class emphasizes optimum body mechanics as well as the mind-body connection. Forearm Fusion is filled with techniques that are useful for all therapists from the novice to the experienced practitioner.
Forearm Fusion™ classes are scheduled throughout the year, and are held throughout the region, including in exciting places like St. Pete’s Beach, Florida! We will continue to include these classes on our website so that our students can have the opportunity to register and attend.
See what a recent student had to say… "Because I am just beginning my journey as a massage therapist, these techniques are immensely valuable. The body mechanics and less use of my thumbs is certainly going to keep me feeling strong and therefore, more capable of providing quality bodywork, in particular deep tissue. This is probably the best additional education any therapist, new or seasoned, could have." - Bobbie W.
The next classes for Forearm Fusion™ are scheduled for June 3-4 in Warwick, Rhode Island, and June 10-11 in St. Pete’s Beach Florida.
Visit our continuing education page for more info and to register!
The massage therapy program offered at the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to become a Pennsylvania State licensed massage therapist. AMTB always strives to provide its students with quality programs, current curriculum and hands on experience. We have many new classes scheduled for 2017. Please check out our Continuing Education page to learn more about these classes and register to save your space.
Not only do we offer classes right here at our Pottstown campus, we also offer classes in other locations including Florida, Maine and more!
Upcoming classes include:
Two Day Manual Lymph Drainage
Two Day Forearm Fusion in Rhode Island
Two Day Myofascial Release
Two Day Forearm Fusion
Deep Tissue Techniques
Two Day Lomi Lomi Massage
Two Day Forearm Fusion Advanced
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about a career in massage therapy, we also offer FREE classes to see if massage is a good career fit for you! Our next free class is April 23rd from 9am-pm and you can register online.
We also will be offering additional FREE classes throughout the rest of 2017. Please check back on our website frequently as we offer these classes and will post them on our Home page and Continuing Education page.
Another exciting announcement……coming in September 2017…Reflexology! Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. Reflexology is relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress. The theory behind reflexology is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. We will be offering a Reflexology program starting this fall. Please check back as we will post additional details soon.
If you are considering becoming a massage therapist, you probably already know that there are many benefits of a massage therapy career. Learn more about the massage therapy field and find out what makes this career so rewarding at our free massage class March 19th!
The best way to find out is to have a hands-on experience before enrolling in massage school. This FREE Intro to Massage Class can help you decide if a massage therapy career is in your future.
In our intro class you’ll learn more about the massage industry and careers, as well as what it’s like to be a massage therapist. You’ll also learn about massage techniques, and we’ll tell you about our curriculum and approach to massage therapy.
Attending an intro class will also give you an opportunity to see our school first-hand. You can also schedule a separate personal tour of the school and get any questions answered that you may have and lunch will be provided.
Here's just a few considerations when thinking about massage therapy as a career path:
1. Massage therapists graduate with the skills they need to get a job right away. Massage therapy school involves a lot of hands-on training. By the time massage therapy students graduate, they have enough practical experience to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even out of their own homes.
2. Massage therapists are licensed professionals. Most states including Pennsylvania require massage therapists to be licensed. To become a licensed massage therapist, one must complete a certification or degree program at a massage therapy school like the Academy of Massage therapy & Bodyworks. Massage therapy has become a respected profession over the years because of the strict requirements for becoming a massage therapist.
3. Massage therapists have the option to work in exciting locations. Tourist spots and cruise ships all over the world employ massage therapists making this a great occupation for those who enjoy working in exotic locations.
4. Massage therapists can set their own hours. Many massage therapists are self-employed allowing them to set appointments around their own schedule. Being able to make your own schedule can be a huge advantage.
5. Massage therapists work in relaxing environments. Massage therapists spend their working hours in a peaceful environment. The ambiance makes it a relaxing experience for both the client and the massage therapist.
6. Massage therapists help people. Massage therapists provide an invaluable service to people who are in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress. Massage therapy speeds up the healing process, improves circulation, and can even restore emotional balance.
7. Clients look forward to seeing their massage therapist. People look forward to getting massages, whether the reason is medicinal, therapeutic, or just a special occasion. Unlike going to the dentist or doctor, seeing a massage therapist is a positive experience associated with feeling good.
8. Massage therapists are physically active. Massage therapists work on their feet and engage their entire body when giving a massage. This physically demanding work can help massage therapists stay in great shape.
9. Licensed massage therapists are in high demand. Because the value of massage therapy is becoming more widely-recognized, job growth over the next decade is predicted to grow considerably according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics. New massage therapy jobs are constantly being created.
10. Massage therapists can become their own boss. A large percentage of massage therapists are self-employed. Many work out of their homes or travel to clients’ homes.
Call us today at 610-705-4401 to register for our FREE massage therapy class. This class is March 19, 2017 from 9am-3pm and will be taught by Jim Funk, LMT. Lunch is included. The class will be held at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks, 141 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.
Massage therapy is a constantly growing industry, and careers in this field offer unbeatable variety, the flexibility to work part-time hours while earning full-time wages, and the opportunity to help others and love what you do. But a massage career is not for everyone, and choosing a career is one of the most important life decisions you will ever make.
Is a massage career right for you? The best way to find out is to have a hands-on experience before enrolling in massage school. We are offering a FREE Intro to Massage Class to help you decide if a massage therapy career is in your future. Our next free class is in just a few days! It will be held on March 19, 2017 from 9am to 3pm. We’ll give you a FREE lunch too!
In our intro class you’ll learn more about the massage industry and careers, as well as what it’s like to be a massage therapist. You’ll also learn about massage techniques, and we’ll tell you about our curriculum and approach to massage therapy. Attending an intro class will also give you an opportunity to see our school first-hand. You can also schedule a separate personal tour of the school and get any questions answered that you may have.
You’ll get answers to common questions like what the requirements are to practice massage therapy professionally, what the test requirements are at our school, what the physical requirements are needed to be in this profession, how long will it take to get a job after graduation, what the costs are on the different massage programs we offer, and any other questions that you might have.
If you are interested in massage therapy training as a career or simply curious about massage therapy techniques you can use at home or on your friends and family, you will enjoy this class!
You’ll meet instructors and will get a brief introduction to massage therapy, how it can help others and the different career paths this training can take you. You’ll learn what a typical day at the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks is like. You’ll also learn about the values, mission and personality of our school. Most of all you’ll learn a few professional massage techniques that you will be able to start using on your loved ones immediately after this free class.
Call us at 610-705-4401 for more information, or to sign up for this free Intro to Massage Class. The class will be held on March 19, 2017, so call right away to reserve your seat!
Baby boomers are a generation to engage in your massage therapy business. Their value as a massage client grows as they travel through the aging process. In fact, a large portion of regular massage clients fall into the baby boomer generation.
Geriatric massage is about much more than working with the frail and dying. Today's geriatric client may well need to fit her massage therapist in between an early morning jog, a game of golf, an afternoon swim, yoga class, evening dance lessons, and her job.
More often than not, the geriatric client of today is living a full and productive life and sees massage as a tool to help her continue to do just that. There have been significant changes in the senior community over the past decade. Seniors are more active and involved in hobbies, sports and trips than ever before. And, many seniors are still working, well past their “official” retirement age
People are aging more gracefully. This is a result of better nutrition and medical technology that keeps the body working longer. As the boomers age, they will continue to influence this trend, resulting in vigorous, robust geriatric clients beginning to outlay significant dollars for massage services.
Opportunities to work with the geriatric population continue to grow. It is important to consider that even though you're working on a strong and healthy elderly client, there is still a specific protocol for working with this aging individual.
Older clients have changing bodies that require specific considerations. They may have thinning hair, thinner and more sensitive skin, and possible pharmaceutical interactions from medications. Massage therapists need to know a lot more than gentle touch when working on the elderly, whether the client is frail or a fit athlete.
Reaching out to the older population can be a great benefit to your massage business, and help to further enhance the lives of the baby boomers who receive your massage services.