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Health and wellness is becoming more and more a part of our lives. The programs at our Virginia massage therapy school are designed to prepare students for careers in these in-demand and growing fields at an affordable price. We utilize today’s technologies to make our programs more accessible to more people in order to help communities and employers close the “skills gap” and help students secure rewarding careers.
Students at our Virginia massage therapy school will be prepared for professional practice and graduates will be eligible for licensure by the Virginia Department of Health Professions – Board of Nursing or equivalent state governing Board. Once you successfully complete one of the programs at our Virginia massage therapy school, you will be eligible to sit for the MBLEx – the national exam for entry-level massage therapists. Passing the MBLEx in addition to completing our program makes you eligible to apply for state licensure. The requirements for state licensure vary from state to state so be sure to check with your state’s governing body. Additional requirements may include liability insurance, passing a background test, and CPR or other safety training.
Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26:
- Massage therapists – 26%
- Other healthcare support occupations – 22%
- Total, all occupations – 7%
Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.
As more states adopt licensing requirements and standards for massage therapists, the practice of massage is likely to be respected and accepted by more people as a way to treat pain and to improve overall wellness.
Similarly, demand will likely increase as more healthcare providers understand the benefits of massage and these services become part of treatment plans. However, demand in some healthcare settings will be tempered by limited insurance coverage for massage services.
Massage also offers specific benefits to particular groups of people whose continued demand for massage services will lead to overall growth for the occupation. For example, many sports teams hire massage therapists to help their athletes rehabilitate from injuries and to relieve or manage pain.
The number of massage clinic franchises has increased in recent years. Many franchised clinics offer more affordable massages than those provided at spas and resorts, making massage services available to a wider range of customers.
In states that regulate massage therapy, opportunities should be available to those who complete formal programs and pass a professionally recognized exam. However, new massage therapists should expect that it can take time to build a client base.
Because referrals are an important source of work for massage therapists, marketing and networking may help increase the number of job opportunities. Joining a professional association also can help build strong contacts and further increase the likelihood of steady work. In addition, massage therapists may be able to attract a wider variety of clients by completing education programs in multiple modalities.
In May 2017, the median annual wages for massage therapists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Offices of chiropractors||$51,240|
|Offices of all other health practitioners||42,860|
|Personal care services||38,200|
Most massage therapists earn a combination of wages and tips and may receive free or discounted massages as a benefit.
Eligibility for Our Virginia Massage Therapy School
In addition to being an empathetic person who likes to heal and help others, there are a set of requirements you must meet to be eligible for enrollment in our programs:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must have achieved a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
- Must have good moral character, with three personal and/or professional references
- Must not have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude (examples include, but are not limited to: reporting false information to the police, shoplifting or concealment of merchandise, petit larceny, welfare fraud, embezzlement, and writing worthless checks)
Address: 10 S King Street, Leesburg, VA 20175
Programs: Massage Therapy