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Why Become a Massage Therapist?

School of Health April 11, 2019

If you’ve ever considered working as a massage therapist, now is a great time to take the plunge. So, why become a massage therapist? The demand for massage therapists in Canada is growing as the industry moves from spas and resorts and into medical offices and clinics as a legitimate treatment for injuries, pain, and other medical conditions. The points below outline the top reasons why you should consider a career as a massage therapist.

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Benefits of Massage Therapy

The options are endless when it comes to where you can work as a massage therapist. If you are someone who isn’t into the 9 to 5 work day, massage therapy may be a great option for you. Massage therapists can choose to open their own practice and work with their own clients, but can also work in spas, wellness clubs, and other types of health clinics. For many people, the idea of having flexibility throughout your career is attractive and can keep the day to day exciting.

Positive Environment

As mentioned above, there are many options when it comes to work environment. Physical environment aside, massage therapists typically facilitate a positive environment for their clients and in turn, themselves. Whether working in a serene or fast-paced environment, massage therapists can approach each day knowing their patients are happy and excited to see them. Not everyone gets to enjoy that type of career fulfillment.

Healthy Lifestyle

Sitting in a desk for eight hours a day isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Working as a certified massage therapist likely means you will be on your feet for the better half of your work day. This allows you to move around and be active. On top of the standing, using your hands on the job may also contribute to a healthier lifestyle as you’ll be working your muscles on the job.


One aspect of having a career in massage therapy is that you will be working with people every single day. This can be an extremely rewarding aspect of the job – seeing your clients coming in pain and leaving relaxed. Patient interactions can give you a sense of fulfillment and joy. As a massage therapist, no two days are the same. A career as a massage therapist is anything but isolating and is an excellent career for those looking for human interaction and relationships.

Bright Future

People are always aging. Such is life. For as long as people age, massage therapy will be. Many people have started to integrate massage therapy into their health routine. This routine translates into a greater need for more licensed massage therapists. As the industry grows, there are opportunities for massage therapists to continue their education and specialize further through hands-on courses.

Affordable and Short Education

Unlike becoming a chiropractor or a physiotherapist, becoming a massage therapist does not take as long or cost nearly as much money. If you’re wondering how long it takes to become a massage therapist, it typically takes between two to three years (2200+ hours), including a practical work component. This may be especially appealing if you are someone who wants to work in the health and wellness field but does not want to spend years and years in school. The cost to receive a massage therapy diploma differs across Canada, but ranges between $15,000 to $35,000. Graduates of a massage therapy program are typically set up with resources to help them find immediate work upon graduation.

How Much Is a Massage Therapist Salary

Of course, before entering any field, it’s important to understand how much massage therapists make. A massage therapist’s salary can differ depending on where you live and what type of path you choose. Massage therapist’s working for themselves will make a different salary than those at a wellness clinic. According to, you could be earning $40,000 to $60,000 within two years.

Hopefully the above points have helped you decide whether or not a career in massage therapy is for you. Robertson offers a 110-week Massage Therapy Diploma Program in Brandon, Winnipeg, and Calgary. It is a flexible and affordable option for students wanting to start their career as a massage therapist. Reach out to a Student Admissions Advisor today to learn more about this program.

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