A New Career by Next Year? Why You Should Train to Be a Massage Therapist Now

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/11/21 4:00 PM


Are you feeling ready for a change? Do you desire to positively influence the lives of others? If lifelong learning, human connection and steady employment are appealing to you, you may be perfect for a career in Massage Therapy.

In just eleven months, you could be on your way to a fun and fulfilling career through our Massage Therapy program, beginning on March 1st (AM schedule) and April 5th (PM schedule). Southwest Institute of Healing Arts offers the flexibility to choose what works best for YOU, with a wide range of electives and diverse scheduling options.

We have employers regularly asking us when we’re graduating more Massage Therapists, so today we'll be taking a close look at the wellness industry and how Massage Therapists have managed to keep themselves on their feet during the events of the last year.

Massage is Adaptable

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts has an on-campus Massage Clinic, and we gained firsthand experience in adopting safety standards that ensure the health of our Massage Therapists and clientele in 2020 and beyond, including:

  • Personal protective equipment and Plexiglas panels

  • Increased sanitization protocols

  • Screening of employees, students and campus visitors

  • Daily cleanings of all public-facing and high traffic surfaces

  • Adequate space in waiting areas and time between appointments

Spas and Massage Therapy offices are currently open under the guidance of the Arizona Department of Health and CDC Guidelines. 93% of qualified Massage Therapists were employed in the Phoenix metro area in 2020 with a mean wage of $45,410 , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Our classroom experience has also been adapted for our Massage Therapy students to include more distanced classrooms, conscious pairings for partnered activities, and keeping with current CDC safety standards for staff, faculty and students.

Massage Therapists are In Demand

Wellness is on the forefront of our minds, now more than ever. Massage Therapy has long been proven to be an effective tool for relaxation, increased immune response, mental well-being and often a great compliment to conventional care for many medical conditions.

As mentioned above in the blog, we at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts field inquires regularly about our projected Massage Therapy graduates. We have close partnerships with many employers around Arizona and national spa chains. They want to employ you!

As of the date of publication of this blog:

Choosing a career in Massage Therapy will allow you job security, and SWIHA's Placement Division and Career Services (Our Success Center) is a lifetime tool available for you at any stage in your career, from seeking employment at a popular spa chain to beginning an entrepreneurial venture.

Create Your Own Unique Path to Follow

SWIHA offers several Massage Therapy programs, allowing you to craft a personal vision for your career:

Professional Massage Practitioner
Diploma – 750 hours – 11 months full-time

As a graduate of this massage training program, you will be prepared for a position as a professional massage therapist and will also learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start your own practice if desired! This 750-hour diploma program exceeds the 700-hour license requirement in Arizona while still offering you the space and flexibility to specialize in additional areas of your choosing.

Master Massage Practitioner
Diploma – 1000 hours – 14 months full-time

Want to tailor your massage education even more? Our Master Massage Diploma exceeds the requirements for massage therapy training in nearly all states across the country! By enrolling in this program, you will gain access to study in a myriad of specialties not offered elsewhere.

AOS Degree in Holistic Health Care – Concentration in Professional Massage
Degree – 60 Credit hours – 24 months full-time

For those interested in taking their career in massage a step further, SWIHA’S AOS Degree in Holistic Healthcare with a Concentration in Professional Massage is a perfect fit. Start building the foundations necessary for a vocation centered on the well-being of others. What sets us apart from other Arizona massage schools is our emphasis on supporting the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit, as well as natural healing and energy modalities that create healing in your clients.

Learn More About our Massage Therapy programs:

Massage Therapists Are in Demand - How SWIHA's Massage Training Is Changing Lives - Webinar / Q&A via Zoom

Feb 18, 2021 06:00 PM Arizona
Click here to register in advance for this webinar

Become a Massage Therapist

Topics: Massage Therapy, massage, Our Success Center, Career Statistics, Gainful Employment

About the Author Taylor Jablonowski

Taylor Jablonowski is SWIHA’s Marketing Specialist and a momma to a three-year-old boy named Arlo. When she's not working to make the Healing Arts accessible to everyone, you'll probably find her somewhere in the woods with her feet in a river.

Taylor Jablonowski

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