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MASSAGE THERAPIST, IN-DEPTH: Building Connections with her Clients

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Annie is a Massage Therapist who runs her own Massage Therapy business. Annie discusses what she likes and dislikes about her job, key career decisions she made, the difficulty of getting a job in her industry and her work-life balance.

School: University of Wisconsin
Degree: Economics
Job Title: Massage Therapist
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Massage Therapists

Job Description

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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m='13420'>start</span> <span m='13710'>working</span> <span m='14040'>on</span> <span m='14120'>them,</span> <span m='14250'>the</span> <span m='14350'>work</span> <span m='14580'>speaks</span> <span m='14850'>for</span> <span m='14940'>itself.</span> <span m='15650'>Either</span> <span m='15970'>they're</span> <span m='16160'>feeling</span> <span m='16490'>a</span> <span m='16550'>change</span> <span m='16870'>in</span> <span m='16940'>themselves</span> <span m='17540'>or</span> <span m='17580'>they're</span> <span m='17930'>not.</span> </p><p><span m='18530'>But</span> <span m='19050'>it's</span> <span m='19340'>the</span> <span m='19510'>original,</span> <span m='20470'>getting</span> <span m='20720'>to</span> <span m='20800'>introduce</span> <span m='21150'>myself</span> <span m='21540'>and</span> <span m='21660'>what</span> <span m='21790'>I</span> <span m='21940'>do</span> <span m='22320'>that</span> <span m='23010'>can</span> <span m='23130'>be</span> <span m='23290'>a</span> <span m='23330'>bit</span> <span m='24500'>nerve</span> <span m='24820'>wracking</span> <span m='25260'>and</span> <span m='25390'>difficult</span> <span m='25890'>to</span> <span m='25980'>face.</span> <span m='26990'>What</span> <span m='27230'>I</span> <span m='27320'>love</span> <span m='27750'>about</span> <span m='28050'>what</span> <span m='28150'>I</span> <span m='28220'>do,</span> <span m='28550'>is</span> <span m='28700'>I</span> <span m='28830'>love</span> <span m='29140'>that</span> <span m='29330'>connection</span> <span m='29790'>that</span> <span m='29940'>happens</span> <span m='30610'>when</span> <span m='31630'>a</span> <span m='31710'>person</span> <span m='32030'>has</span> <span m='32200'>an</span> <span m='32299'>epiphany</span> <span m='32710'>about</span> <span m='32900'>themselves.</span> <span m='33940'>Or</span> <span m='34130'>when</span> <span m='34920'>a</span> <span m='35030'>pattern,</span> <span m='36130'>physiologically</span> <span m='37190'>it</span> <span m='37350'>just</span> <span m='37650'>changes.</span> <span m='38630'>And</span> <span m='38870'>you know from</span> <span m='39310'>that</span> <span m='39480'>moment</span> <span m='39690'>on,</span> <span m='39850'>that</span> <span m='40000'>person</span> <span m='40450'>will be</span> <span m='40550'>different.</span> <span m='41040'>They</span> <span m='41150'>can't</span> <span m='41490'>be</span> <span m='41580'>the</span> <span m='41680'>same</span> <span m='42000'>again,</span> <span m='43060'>and</span> <span m='43140'>it's</span> <span m='43310'>really</span> <span m='44030'>exciting.</span> </p><p><span m='45250'>I</span> <span m='45340'>sold</span> <span m='45880'>a</span> <span m='45920'>healing--</span> <span m='46260'>I had a</span> <span m='46430'>healing</span> <span m='46830'>arts</span> <span m='47020'>center</span> <span m='47230'>in</span> <span m='47360'>Oakland</span> <span m='47700'>with</span> <span m='47830'>a</span> <span m='47880'>good</span> <span m='48030'>friend</span> <span m='48580'>for</span> <span m='48700'>five</span> <span m='48960'>years.</span> <span m='49800'>And</span> <span m='50200'>I</span> <span m='51220'>the</span> <span m='51300'>key</span> <span m='51490'>decision</span> <span m='51870'>was</span> <span m='52140'>when</span> <span m='52280'>I</span> <span m='52370'>chose</span> <span m='52750'>to</span> <span m='52850'>sell</span> <span m='53150'>my</span> <span m='53300'>interest</span> <span m='53710'>in</span> <span m='53800'>business,</span> <span m='54510'>and</span> <span m='54780'>to</span> <span m='54890'>end</span> <span m='55050'>my</span> <span m='55180'>practice</span> <span m='55630'>in</span> <span m='55860'>Oakland</span> <span m='56430'>and</span> <span m='56610'>go</span> <span m='56730'>do</span> <span m='56910'>long</span> <span m='57140'>term</span> <span m='57330'>medication.</span> <span m='57715'>So</span> <span m='58100'>I</span> <span m='58210'>went</span> <span m='58810'>and</span> <span m='59160'>did</span> <span m='60080'>some</span> <span m='60520'>Falun</span> <span m='60770'>Meditation</span> <span m='61320'>trainings.</span> <span m='63250'>Just</span> <span m='63500'>that</span> <span m='63810'>for a</span> <span m='64040'>year.</span> </p><p><span m='64620'>And</span> <span m='64830'>when</span> <span m='64950'>I</span> <span m='65040'>came</span> <span m='65360'>back</span> <span m='65640'>to</span> <span m='65760'>the</span> <span m='65890'>US,</span> <span m='66640'>I</span> <span m='67850'>really</span> <span m='68120'>focused</span> <span m='68620'>also</span> <span m='69100'>on</span> <span m='70000'>landing</span> <span m='70300'>myself</span> <span m='70630'>in</span> <span m='70720'>the</span> <span m='70790'>world</span> <span m='71030'>differently.</span> <span m='71500'>And</span> <span m='71650'>so</span> <span m='71790'>I</span> <span m='71900'>worked</span> <span m='72190'>with--</span> <span m='73240'>at</span> <span m='73560'>that</span> <span m='73730'>time</span> <span m='73920'>I went</span> <span m='74050'>back</span> <span m='74280'>into</span> <span m='74420'>the</span> <span m='74500'>corporate</span> <span m='74770'>world.</span> <span m='75210'>I</span> <span m='75280'>was</span> <span m='75410'>working</span> <span m='75710'>with</span> <span m='75950'>start-up</span> <span m='76500'>technology</span> <span m='77090'>companies</span> <span m='77810'>and doing</span> <span m='78260'>information</span> <span m='78930'>management</span> <span m='81560'>in</span> <span m='81730'>the</span> <span m='81810'>Garmin</span> <span m='82120'>industry</span> <span m='82570'>and</span> <span m='82670'>things</span> <span m='82910'>like</span> <span m='83070'>that,</span> <span m='83700'>as</span> <span m='83910'>well</span> <span m='84170'>as</span> <span m='84490'>continuing</span> <span m='84910'>my</span> <span m='85020'>private</span> <span m='85340'>practice</span> <span m='85810'>on</span> <span m='85900'>the</span> <span m='85980'>side.</span> </p><p><span m='86980'>And</span> <span m='87330'>then</span> <span m='88020'>the</span> <span m='88120'>second</span> <span m='88440'>key</span> <span m='88580'>decision</span> <span m='89020'>was</span> <span m='89250'>to</span> <span m='89390'>leave</span> <span m='89590'>corporate</span> <span m='91130'>period,</span> <span m='91770'>and</span> <span m='92460'>focus</span> <span m='92870'>on</span> <span m='93010'>my</span> <span m='93150'>own</span> <span m='93330'>business.</span> <span m='93830'>And</span> <span m='94030'>that</span> <span m='94260'>happened</span> <span m='94580'>about</span> <span m='94850'>five</span> <span m='95080'>years</span> <span m='95260'>later.</span> <span m='96110'>Well</span> <span m='96820'>it's</span> <span m='97650'>that</span> <span m='97920'>simple.</span> <span m='99230'>You</span> <span m='99350'>just</span> <span m='99600'>have</span> <span m='99830'>to</span> <span m='100170'>have</span> <span m='100420'>a</span> <span m='100480'>skill</span> <span m='100740'>set,</span> <span m='101690'>have</span> <span m='101850'>the</span> <span m='101930'>confidence,</span> <span m='102800'>and</span> <span m='103290'>then</span> <span m='103660'>let</span> <span m='103900'>people</span> <span m='104170'>know</span> <span m='104320'>what</span> <span m='104470'>you</span> <span m='104570'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='105470'>And</span> <span m='105720'>at</span> <span m='105830'>that</span> <span m='106040'>point,</span> <span m='106230'>as</span> <span m='106310'>long as</span> <span m='106600'>you've</span> <span m='106780'>met</span> <span m='106970'>all</span> <span m='107170'>your</span> <span m='108000'>regulatory</span> <span m='109090'>requirements</span> <span m='109730'>for</span> <span m='109820'>your</span> <span m='109990'>state</span> <span m='110410'>and your</span> <span m='110480'>city,</span> <span m='111370'>you</span> <span m='111540'>can</span> <span m='111710'>put</span> <span m='111840'>a</span> <span m='112210'>sign</span> <span m='112460'>on</span> <span m='112570'>your</span> <span m='112650'>door</span> <span m='112900'>and</span> <span m='113010'>start</span> <span m='113220'>working</span> <span m='113780'>right</span> <span m='113930'>away.</span> <span m='115310'>And</span> <span m='115600'>then it's</span> <span m='115770'>continuing</span> <span m='116480'>and</span> <span m='116570'>learn</span> <span m='116790'>as</span> <span m='116910'>you</span> <span m='117010'>go,</span> <span m='117250'>and</span> <span m='117380'>continuing</span> <span m='117950'>to</span> <span m='118010'>build</span> <span m='118250'>your</span> <span m='118360'>skill</span> <span m='118640'>sets.</span> <span m='119930'>So</span> <span m='120660'>it's</span> <span m='121040'>really</span> <span m='121470'>an</span> <span m='121640'>expression</span> <span m='122080'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='123330'>Well</span> <span m='123540'>that</span> <span m='123730'>gets</span> <span m='123900'>a</span> <span m='123950'>bit</span> <span m='124160'>tough</span> <span m='124480'>because</span> <span m='124840'>I</span> <span m='124880'>really</span> <span m='125090'>love what I</span> <span m='125440'>do.</span> <span m='125740'>So</span> <span m='125920'>I</span> <span m='126000'>find</span> <span m='126320'>myself</span> <span m='127040'>sometimes</span> <span m='128880'>working</span> <span m='129900'>all</span> <span m='130150'>weekend</span> <span m='130870'>when</span> <span m='131070'>I</span> <span m='131170'>don't</span> <span m='131440'>have</span> <span m='131710'>to.</span> <span m='132540'>And</span> <span m='132750'>that's</span> <span m='132990'>a</span> <span m='133050'>choice</span> <span m='133340'>that</span> <span m='133500'>I</span> <span m='133710'>should</span> <span m='133930'>probably</span> <span m='134340'>rethink.</span> <span m='135580'>So</span> <span m='136510'>it's</span> <span m='136730'>a</span> <span m='136990'>time</span> <span m='137260'>management</span> <span m='138980'>issue</span> <span m='139260'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='140410'>When</span> <span m='140570'>you</span> <span m='140690'>work</span> <span m='140840'>in</span> <span m='140910'>this</span> <span m='141040'>kind</span> <span m='141210'>of</span> <span m='141280'>industry,</span> <span m='141740'>people</span> <span m='142070'>are</span> <span m='142190'>mostly</span> <span m='142640'>available</span> <span m='143070'>in</span> <span m='143140'>the</span> <span m='143330'>evenings</span> <span m='143660'>and</span> <span m='143750'>on</span> <span m='143870'>the</span> <span m='143960'>weekends.</span> <span m='144490'>So</span> <span m='144620'>you</span> <span m='144850'>have</span> <span m='145070'>to</span> <span m='145170'>find</span> <span m='145480'>a</span> <span m='145540'>way</span> <span m='145880'>to</span> <span m='146200'>pick</span> <span m='146470'>and</span> <span m='146610'>choose</span> <span m='146990'>and</span> <span m='147160'>set</span> <span m='147520'>strong</span> <span m='147810'>boundaries</span> <span m='148300'>as</span> <span m='148460'>to</span> <span m='148580'>when</span> <span m='148710'>you're</span> <span m='148810'>going</span> <span m='148900'>to</span> <span m='148960'>work,</span> <span m='149190'>when</span> <span m='149280'>you're</span> <span m='149390'>not going</span> <span m='149645'>to work.</span> <span m='150260'>And</span> <span m='152010'>that's</span> <span m='152190'>where</span> <span m='152270'>my</span> <span m='152400'>challenge</span> <span m='152700'>has been.</span> </p>","file":{"id":611039,"video_id":"","name":"3062-Annie - Massage Therapist IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":154296,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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