4 Amazing Places to Work as a Massage Therapist

Published on October 5, 2017 by arothstein

massage therapist working on female client, lavendar sheets

In today’s fast-paced world, more and more people are seeking ways to cope with the demands of daily life; as a society, we’re becoming more comfortable with the notion of self-care. Also, alternative and holistic medicine has been on the rise as people look for solutions to complement current treatment plans.

This is good news for massage therapists. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 32 percent of adults said they’ve had a massage in the past five years. The AMTA also reports that the number of spas has increased, as has the number of healthcare facilities offering massage therapy.

Spas and Resorts

Dim lights. Hint of aromatherapy. Warm towels. Whether at a neighborhood spa or secluded resort, a massage has become synonymous with relaxation. This calming workplace environment is often one of the most appealing attributes of working as a massage therapist. Working at a spa also allows you to provide a variety of services to clients, a way to demonstrate all of the therapies you’ve mastered, from Swedish to hot stone. In this role, you’ll help provide a quiet and often needed escape for clients.

According to AMTA, the average hourly rate for massage therapists working in a spa or salon setting in 2016 was about $51, which includes an average gratuity of about $14.

Medical Office or Hospital

Massage isn’t just for rest and relaxation. While many have always praised the health benefits of massage therapy, it’s more recently become an accepted treatment in the traditional medical community. According to the AMTA, the most common reasons patients seek massage therapy are for pain management, cancer, and pregnancy.  Working as a massage therapist in a medical setting is rewarding, as you’re providing comfort to patients—and perhaps their family members—as they cope with illness or recover from an accident or ailment.

Wages will vary from provider to provider. According to the AMTA, the average hourly rate for massage therapists working in a healthcare setting in 2016 was $45.91.

Athletic Organizations

Sports massage has become an integral part of many professional team’s training programs. Many sports teams will even enlist a therapist to travel along with them to games and competitions. Through your handiwork, you can help keep athletes agile and flexible, as well as help them recovery from a day of muscle strain. Your first thought may be sports teams, but massage therapists may also work with individual athletes. How amazing would it be to help someone train for their Olympic trials?

According to AMTA, the average hourly rate for massage therapists working in a sports or fitness setting in 2016 was $53.47.


Massage therapy is a field that can lend itself well to self-employment. Some massage therapists make client house calls, while others travel to yoga studios and even offices to offer on-site appointments. Others may wish to open their own brick-and-mortar practice or share space with other related providers. It’s important to note, though, that starting your own business is more than providing services to clients; you’ll also need to focus on marketing and keeping the books. The AMTA offers several helpful resources to massage therapists looking to start their own businesses.

These are just four amazing places to work as a massage therapist. This career path can take you to many other places, such as to an airport where you can provide chair massages to busy travelers to on board a cruise ship where you can offer a suite of services to a captive audience.


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