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Hi, David! Welcome to the wonderful world of massage. I started school at the ripe old age of 49! Best thing I ever did. Three of my instructors in school were males and are the busiest MT's I know. Don't let that discourage you. I opened my own practice right out of school, after I passed the exam of course. I knew if I were going to make a career change that I wanted it to be a career that I could either work from home or own my own business. I do both with my practice. Good luck!
I switched gears when I was almost 40 to go to massage school. I believe you can do anything you want to do if you put forth the effort! I spent 5 years working as an instructor and the administrator at the school I attended, and then struck out to open my own business. Seven and a half years later, I have expanded to have 6 full-time MTs, a couple of part-timers, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, an aesthetic RN and a clinical herbalist on my staff. Massage has been the best thing that ever happened to me in my work life.
I have a male Rolfer on my staff and in that past have had other males. They made a good living! It's all about being professional and giving people good service. Be the best you can be and the word will get around!
Let's see...I was 37 when I went to school.
Had a full time job at the time that paid very well, and I was happy, so I grew my business slowly. As a male outcall therapist it did take some time. I was fortunate that the retail business I was in at the time I got to know a lot of people!
In my humble opinion, be mature, keep a positive up-beat attitude and DO something everyday to attract clients.
David! Welcome my brother!
I went to a spa fresh out of school and met the busiest massage therapist i have ever met to date.. HIS name was Juan and he was 72! He had been practicing for only 5 years as a therapist, before that he was a gardener! So, i'm telling you this cuz you obviously are in need of support and confidence. You CAN totally do this and be VERY sucessful at it.
Pay attention in class, practice your heart out on everyone, and never sell yourself short, even as a newbie. Take continuing education classes online and home study, NOW! Yes, do it now and you will be a step ahead. I did this and was significantly impressed by my learning curve over my peers. Just a tidbit of advice thrown in there, couldn't help myself!
Blessing to you!!
Wow David! Hang on to your socks! That is going to be quite a ride. I did 635 hours in 11 months and it was good but at times a lot.
About the CE stuff - most really good courses will tell you up front that they are so many CE hours and what certifications they apply to.
Gotta run, got 2 clients coming back to back but will post some more thoughts when I have some time.
David, just remember that this is really hard work and do not sell yourself short. It's one thing to be compassionate and giving and another to be a martyr! Be careful that you don't find yourself sacrificing you for the benefit of others. Not trying to tell you what to do as much as say "Don't do what I did when I started"!
The people you touch (literally) will be truly grateful! You will make a big difference.
Oh, and follow the flow you feel to be right. Putting it in God's hands it sounds like you are ready to do that but when you follow the path that is the "brightest" you will really succeed. Not sure I'm clearly expressing what I want to so hopefully you can figure it out!!