Your First Massage Job: What to Expect

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Congratulations!  You’ve finished your massage therapy training and have passed all of your exams.  You are now licensed massage therapist.  You’ve applied to various places to work, like spas and salons, and have had your share of interviews.  Then, the phone rings offering you a job.  You accept and celebrate knowing that in a few days you will be starting your first job as a massage therapist.  But then, nervousness hits.   You start to wonder what it will be like.  What should you expect at your first job as a massage therapist?

If you’re previous jobs had nothing to do with massage therapy or working in a similar environment, it is completely natural to feel nervous and anxious.  I know it’s easier said than done but, try to relax.  You want to be able to remain calm, cool, and collected so that others won’t sense how you’re really feeling.  Remember to breathe!  This might seem silly to say but, you don’t want to run the risk of passing out and fainting because you stressed yourself out that much.  It is important to take deep breaths so as to not have a panic attack on your first day.

When working with your clients remember why you are there and what you are expected to do.  Keep focused on the task at hand.  If possible, try to talk as little as possible.  You don’t want to run the risk of having an inappropriate conversation with a client who is there to relax.  Talking about things that are personal in nature might cause the client to sense your nervousness and start to feel uncomfortable.  Don’t apologize repeatedly for it being your first day on the job.  You’ve had a lot of practice while in massage school.  Go back to those moments when you were practicing in class with your fellow students and think about how confident you were then in your abilities.  This is the same thing.  The only difference now is, you’re getting paid!

Remember, you will learn something new with each person you work on.  As you work on more people, you will begin to gain more experience.  This experience will also help to ease your nerves and build your confidence.  If you do find that you make a mistake, simply correct it, learn from it, and move on.

There’s so much more to learn about in the bodywork and massage therapy industries.  You should look at this article on requirements for massage therapy education.

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