You Might Be a Great Massage Therapist If…

questionguyEver wonder if you have what it takes to become a massage therapist? People are called to this career at different times in their lives.  Some when they’re young, others when they are ready for a midlife career change. Whatever the reason, becoming a massage therapist can be one of the most rewarding (emotionally and financially) decisions you’ll ever make.

Massage therapy is a $20 billion industry. US consumers visit massage therapists more than 230 million times a year. Growth in the profession is off the charts. Not everyone is cut out for massage therapy, though, but YOU might be!

Here are just few qualities shared by successful massage therapists.  If two or more than describe you, you should find out more!

You like to help people. This is quality #1. The profession is all about making a positive difference in the body, mind and spirit of your clients.  If you are someone who is giving and caring, or someone who wants to learn to be more giving and caring than you already are, this profession will be a great fit. If this quality isn’t in your personality, you should probably move on to another profession.

You like to have an option to work anywhere, anytime. Your main tools are your knowledge of massage therapy and your hands.  Those two things are with you always. With proper certification you can work ANYWHERE. In most cases, you can also have a lot of control over when you work–much more so than a standard 9-5 worker. Continue reading “You Might Be a Great Massage Therapist If…”

More than a job, less than a life

stressballSilicon Valley offers endless opportunity for bright, motivated people.  Whether it’s building the next best thing from an idea written on a napkin, to landing a dream job at a tech giant, the benefits are incredible. Every day you’re immersed in excitement fueled by caffeine and good old nose-to-the grindstone brainwork. It’s 10 hours a day of nonstop adrenalin. The work is exciting, challenging, and occasionally frustrating.

It also slowly turns you into one angry ball of stress.

All that multitasking, deadline-sweating, and de-prioritization of family and leisure time can take a toll.  In your high-tech world you’re giving your all for the job and giving up a lot in return. You’re trading hard work for your company for hard work on your health and relationships. Welcome to “more than a job, less than a life.”

You can just deal with it, of course, or you can take control of this one part of your life and do something positive to help reduce the stress associated with your work.

Three Steps to the Good News

Tech companies know that the work environments they’re maintaining are high-stress.  They really do care about helping you be successful and helping you manage stress.  They offer opportunities to control diet with health-concious corporate café choices, gyms for exercise and volunteer opportunities in community service to help you get out of your cube.  But lots of employees are so stressed, they forget to seek out these alternatives.  They see themselves as so busy, they don’t see how it’s possible to relax.

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