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So right now I'm a preschool teacher, and I just can't do it any more. I'm seriously considering going to school to do massage therapy... and I have some questions for anyone out there who is a massage therapist.

What do you see as the pros and cons of being a massage therapist? What is a really good like? What is a really bad day like? Where do you do massage (spa, health club, chiro office, etc) and what do you see as the benefits and draw backs of working in that kind of environment? My idea with being an LMT is that I could work for 3-4 hours in the late afternoon/early evening and then a few hours on saturday. Then I could be home with DS during the day and DH or my parents could be with DS during the few hours that I'm at work. Does this sound doable? I also read that the national average salary for an LMT who works 15-18 hours/week is somewhere in the range on $29,000. Does that sound right?

I really appreciate any input. Thanks is advance.

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What do you see as the pros and cons of being a massage therapist? What is a really good like? What is a really bad day like? Where do you do massage (spa, health club, chiro office, etc) and what do you see as the benefits and draw backs of working in that kind of environment? My idea with being an LMT is that I could work for 3-4 hours in the late afternoon/early evening and then a few hours on saturday. Then I could be home with DS during the day and DH or my parents could be with DS during the few hours that I'm at work. Does this sound doable? I also read that the national average salary for an LMT who works 15-18 hours/week is somewhere in the range on $29,000. Does that sound right?

I really appreciate any input. Thanks is advance.
I worked as an independent massage therapist for a chiropractic company and I worked in a wellness center. I think it is hard starting out. You pretty much have to start out working for someone to develop a clientele then you can start working for yourself. You could even make house calls to the clients that you know well. The places you can work for here take 50%, so say the massage is $65 for an hour you would get half plus the tip. This is good when you first start out to get a feel for it and make clients. They do an average of 3 massages a day.

I live in Reno where people have a way wrong idea about what a massage is because of the brothels, prostitution etc. I met too many nasty creepy guys with that wrong idea. So I let my license expire. If I get back into massage it will be in a chiropractic office working as a chiropractic assistant. Or we would move to Oregon where the massage industry is far better than here, that is where I massage school.

The LMTs I do know here work mostly in spas and are very successful. Most are male. I would not work in a spa because I would be afraid of the kind of people I would get. Most all the spas are in the casinos.

What kind of environment were you think of?

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What kind of environment were you think of?
I was thinking of either a spa or a health club.

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I passed my national certification exam (WHEW!! that thing is NO JOKE, mamas!!) in February but have not paid for my license yet because I'm not practicing.

I have an almost 3 year old and went to school with the same ideas about massage you have-- not too many hours, good money, flexible schedule.

Well, I have not pursued it because we can't take the financial start-out risk right now, and in this economy, I just don't know if "pampering" -- even though massage is so, SO much more than that-- is a great industry to be in. Also, I realized that I'd be kind of at the mercy of my clients starting out when it comes to scheduling... so much for flexibility. I only tell you this because I have considered different scenarios to make it work as well, and I haven't come up with anything compelling enough for me to take the leap, even though I'm cleared for takeoff, so to speak.

BUT. I LOVED school, learned so much about taking care of myself and my family, and really enjoyed the work. I guess what I'm trying to say is that my idea of massage being a really great solution for me as a career changed between the first day I walked in the classroom door to the day I graduated. And honestly? I love giving massage and I LOVE receiving massage (the best part of massage school!!) but I don't know if I want to do it all the time. I spent 100 hours in our student clinic, and that was more education than anything for me. I loved it, but I didn't feel like I had found my home. That lesson just happened to come after almost 2 years of working toward it.

Before you do anything, set up appointments to talk with a few therapists in different settings-- spa, independent practice, booth rental, cooperative practice. See what they say about the business climate in your area-- how hard is it to start out, what do you REALLY make (the money looks so great hourly, but you don't have your hands actually ON bodies for those 4 hours... 4 massages is more like 6 or more hours of work, depending on how staggered your schedule is. You may have 90 minutes between appointments, and that's probably not paid time... make sense?)

Good luck to you-- I know people that absolutely love practicing massage and it's a great fit for them. Just my experience, hope it helps you!

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