Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Have you ever been lucky enough to have a massage when you really needed one? Would you like to work with your hands and pay the healing forward?

Amava Take: As natural medicine and alternative approaches to wellness grow in popularity, the need for excellent, intuitive massage therapists has grown too. Health clubs, spas, resorts and private massage businesses are just some of the places looking to find talented, personable people with strong hands, good technique and the ability to make clients comfortable.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Responsible, calm individuals who are well-trained and genuinely interested in healing clients.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

It’s great to ask clients what their preferences are before you start the session. It makes things go much more smoothly.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Hourly sessions, often in shifts, but not always.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Relieving someone’s pain and creating a relaxing environment.

How would you describe the hard parts?

There are so many people in chronic pain, which makes me realize how stressful the world can be.

What’s your favorite essential oil?

Lavender!

Special Requirements: You’ll need to get certification, and programs can vary from three months to two years. Some states also require that you pass an examination as well. No other degrees are required. Information about massage therapy certification is easy to find.

Finding a Position: Local spas, health clubs, hotels and country clubs are good places to make inquiries. You can also check out the American Massage Therapy Association’s Job Bank and this article about what makes a great masseuse. This article offers tips and this article explains what a day on the job is like.