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2013 Labor Reports for Massage Therapy in the U.S.



Check out these interesting stats and interactive U.S. maps at the Bureau of Labor and website.

The job description of massage therapists, according to BLS:

“Massage therapists perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. (Massage therapist) May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.”

The National poverty line is at $32k, and the northwest Florida average is roughly 41k. Comparatively speaking, massage therapists in the Pensacola, FL area can make a surprisingly ok wage. Although higher density and more affluent population areas in the states showed higher wages, I speculate the cost of living in these areas are relatively higher to boot.

Coincidentally, the Studer Institute , Sunday morning released the Pensacola Metro Report. This local initiative group does an annual analysis on the local economy, community, government and education compiled from local and national data. “We can’t improve on what we do not measure.”

Seeing these maps, I anticipate a bright future for massage therapy. As more and more consumers experience professional massage and find it to be a safe and low-cost intervention for muscular and joint pain, the demand for massage therapy will continue to rise.

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Benefits of Massage- Board of Massage Therapy

Here is a brief article on the benefits of massage from FSMTA’s , Florida State Massage Association’s, new “interweb site”. I believe this article was originally produced by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy. The Fl Board of MT helps regulate professional/ medical licenses issued by the FL Department of Health. FSMTA is celebrating 70 years this year organizing and bettering the profession for the public and its practitioners. In my humble opinion Florida is one of the best places worldwide to give and receive massage therapy.

Be blessed!

Massage Therapy is a proven and effective means of relaxation and stress relief. Therapeutic massage is increasingly being recommended by doctors and other health care professionals to complement traditional medicine as research proves its healing effects.

Here are some of the ways massage can help improve a person’s health:

* Increases Blood Circulation and Lymph Flow

* Reduces Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

* Reduces Stress and Tension

* Relieves Chronic and Temporary Pain

* Improves Flexibility

* Increases Levels of Serotonin, Protecting Against Depression

* Increases Endorphins, the Body’s Natural Painkillers

* Strengthens the Immune System

* Premature Infants Gain Weight Faster When Massaged

* Prevents Sports Injuries And Increases Athletic Performance

* Helps Relieve Tension, Sinus And Migraine Headaches

* Alleviates Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis and more

A valid Massage Therapy License issued by the Department of Health is required to provide massage therapy in the state of Florida. If you suspect someone is practicing Massage Therapy without a license or at an unlicensed establishment, please report this unsafe and illegal activity by calling (toll free) 1-877-HALT-ULA. You can confirm someone’s license by searching on the Board of Massage Therapy’s License Verification Screen

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Do How I Do…

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

One of my associates was asking me the other day about my brand of massage. What is it that I do or “How I do” . What is unique about my work, or what is my work philosophy? I’d have to say that I had to think that through a bit because all massage is unique. Massage instructors know, you can demonstrate a technique to 10 people and get eleven or more different strokes. The strokes may differ in pressure, speed, application, body stance… Massage is very much an art and science.

So, collectively I have grown my experience from working under chiropractic doctors, with other therapists and by performing massage. Working across the demographic spectrum, I have developed my own methods that follow the scientific, studied approaches to the “rub down”.

Even though I am certified in neuromuscular therapy and I read textbooks, participate in training seminars, keep up my CEUs…who cares? That is not what I do or who I am per se. So, what do I do? What’s my massage philosophy?

Simply, I treat others, the way I want to be treated.

When I get a massage. I want the therapist to be focused on me, my needs and my goal for the session. Whether it be to help ease pain, relieve stress or a headache, or simply get a break from it all–I want to trust my body with someone who has my interests in mind. Yes, I help ease sore muscles but what’s important is that I help others get great massages (in my humble opinion).

Be blessed and get a great massage. You deserve it.

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FAQ Friday

Another Frequently asked question I get asked is…
“What does your wife think about you being a massage therapist?”

Well, I believe when we first met I was wearing scrubs and she thought I was a doctor. Boy, was she let down when she found out the truth ;> .

No, that’s not true about the whole doctor image, but I definitely think she had no problem with it.

In fact, I can say she is my biggest fan. She never fails to cheer me on. She’s always there for me on the rainy days too. Come to think about it; she deserves a great massage. I think she has one of my gift certificates…

BTW- I will be working at the Pensacola Marathon doing pre and post event massage this weekend. Come out and cheer me on.

More so, come out and see the great athletes from here and all over the world competing in this 2nd annual race. I believe this race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Have A Great Weekend!