We live in a rapidly changing world where stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and modern day pressures are a part of daily life, but with the advent of the Internet, more and more people are educating themselves about the benefits of complimentary therapies, and are beginning to take on board the notion that incorporating treatments into their schedule on a regular basis creates better health and well being for themselves and their families. Whereas once having a massage was seen as a luxurious treat, its now considered to be an investment in ones health.
Why is Massage so Popular?
Recent times have seen a rise in the number of companies regularly employing massage therapies to treat staff in their lunch hour and breaks. Savvy bosses know that regular massage helps to reduce the number of staff sick days, and creates a more productive and happy workforce. More and more neo-natal departments in hospitals are teaching mothers how to connect with their babies and young children using the medium of touch. The boom in health spas offering treatments as part of a well-being package has introduced a new market to the industry. In short, there has been a trend towards taking responsibility for ones own health, and massage is an increasingly popular and convenient way of doing just that.
This ever increasing demand for massage therapy means that there has never been a better time to train.
So What Can You Expect To Earn?
Many newly qualified practitioners start out working for an employer such as a hotel, spa or health clinic who retain their services while they gain confidence and valuable real life experience of the trade. Compared to other health care professionals however, the initial rate of pay can seem rather low.
According to statistics, the average newly qualified massage therapist earns around AU$36,000 per annum, but therapists who go on to become self employed and start their own successful businesses can expect to earn on average up to AU$60,000. Massage therapists employed in speciality care hospitals can expect to earn more than their counterparts in the personal care service sector.
Average hourly rates are between AU$18 and AU$33 dollars depending on experience.
Training for a career as a massage therapist demands time and dedication, but the benefits are well worth the effort. There are a huge variety of massage courses available for all levels, and so it pays to do your research before committing to sign up for a course.
At Q-Academy, we have a wide range of courses on offer, from taster courses for beginners, to advanced professional development courses for qualified professionals. We offer classes in Swedish Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Sports Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy to name but a few.
If you are considering embarking on a massage course, or are already practising and want more information about how the college can help take your career to the next level, call us today for a brochure on 1300 20 40 80 where one of our team will be happy to help.
There really has never been a better time to train.