Massage Therapy in Vancouver, The Ins and Outs of Vancouver BC Massage Therapy for anyone considering a career in the field of Vancouver BC massage therapy I hope that this overview will help you out.
To start off let's go over what massage therapy really is. Massage therapy is a very flexible field and offers a variety of quickly expanding career opportunities. Massage therapy is a field that is expected to grow faster than other fields in the next ten years. Twenty-three hundred new massage therapists will earn nearly 32,000 per year specializing in one or even several different types of massage each year. They work the body using their hands and special techniques to help treat nerve disorders, heal athletic injuries, and just help people relax.
On now to education, you are probably wondering how long it would take to become a Vancouver BC massage therapist. There are over 1,300 school and colleges that offer programs of study in massage therapy in Vancouver ranging from 600-hour certificates to bachelor degree programs. Most provinces that have laws regulating massage therapy and most require practicing massage therapists to complete a formal education program and pass the national certification or BC exam. In order to remain certified, a therapist must perform at least 200-hours of therapeutic massage during the four-year period, and complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of continuing education.
Do you think that your personality is a good match for massage in Vancouver therapy? You will need to be able to get your clients to communicate with you about where they need help, where they have pain, and what should be the outcome of each session. So massage in Vancouver therapists should be good listeners, have good communication skills and be empathetic toward their clients. You should also be organized and able to budget your time since you will be your own supervisor. You will also do better if you have some entrepreneurial skills if you do plan on being a self-employed massage therapist.
Self-employment is one way to go but what other kinds of jobs and salaries are available for massage therapists? To start off with, Vancouver BC massage therapy offers little room for title advancement. However as your experience and knowledge increase you can charge more for your services. The average massage therapist earns around 32,000 per year. You can also think about tips you might receive. The highest paying massage therapists are self-employed with a large client base.
There are several different types of Vancouver BC massage therapy that you can specialize in. First there is deep tissue. This Vancouver BC massage therapy technique is used to access a specialized muscle group for a specific purpose, whether to loosen, heal, or relax. In deep tissue massage, the masseuse focuses on one muscle group at a time instead of a large area, working the deepest layers of tissue.
Shiatsu is another form of Vancouver BC massage therapy. In this Japanese form of bodywork that has its roots in Chinese massage , the body worker may use all parts of the hands, the forearms, the knees, and the feet, although the basic technique involves the use of thumbs on specific pressure points, similar to acupuncture. The client remains fully clothes and many spas tend to do table shiatsu, despite the fact that traditional Shiatsu is done on a mat on the floor.
Swedish is the next form of massage therapy. Swedish massage uses long strokes to increase blood flow and circulation. Generally, oil or lotion is used to reduce friction on the skin and allow the strokes to be smooth and flowing. There are five basic strokes in Swedish massage; effleurage/gliding, petrissage/kneading, friction/rubbing, deportment/pounding and vibration/shaking.
Then there is Thai massage which is much like partner yoga; heavy stretching is involved while the client is put into different yoga positions and the practitioner pushes or pulls the client deeper into each pose.
Neuromuscular massage in Vancouver is used to relive specific pain and nerve related problems. It reduces pain, strengthens tissues and improves posture.
Craniosacral therapy is often used to address neurological disorders such as ADHD, autism and stress. This therapy focuses on the membranes and fluids that surround and protect the spinal cord.
Then we have sports massage. This area of massage therapy often uses soft and deep tissue massage and a variety of other techniques to restore and enhance performance and prevent injuries to athletes.
Finally we have stone massage. In this form of massage therapy the masseuse uses hot or cold stones to massage the body. They allow the masseuse to work deeper than just using their hands. Stones can be placed on chakras, or energy centers to enhance healing.
I hope that this overview of massage therapy in Vancouver has helped you make a decision if you are considering this career path.