Massage therapists might not have the best name recognition of resort workers, but their presence is becoming increasingly common. Especially at spas, massage therapists are employed in growing numbers by resorts to make guests feel good.
A massage therapist who has worked at ski resorts in Utah and Colorado and now has his own practice says that working at a resort is a great way to break into the business:
“I think resort and spa work is a great place to start out because you get a great variety of people and body types. Clients are provided for you so you can focus on your work.”
Experienced massage therapists are able to find rewarding positions at all types of settings, where they can be sure their services will be appreciated.
Getting certified to work as a massage therapist requires taking a course from a school accredited by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Training as a massage therapist typically includes classroom instruction in kinesiology, physiology, and anatomy, and hands-on experience including Swedish massage, Reiki, foot reflexology, and Shiatsu.
There are over sixty massage training programs nationwide accredited and approved by AMTA’s certification board. To be accredited, programs must include a minimum 500 hours of classroom instruction and be at least six months in duration.