Every so often, it’s fun to consider what our industry will look like a few years from now. From new modalities to a refreshed attitude towards the practice as a whole, here’s what we think the future of massage therapy might look like.
5 Predictions for the Future of Massage
1. Education and Certification
At Elements of Rockville Centre, we only hire licensed massage therapists who have completed the necessary education and examination requirements. The requirements are intense, and include training in anatomy, physiology and more. Licensed massage therapists are highly qualified.
However, as new laws that regulate health care and alternative/complementary medicine, are introduced, the requirements to become a licensed massage therapist must also be updated. In other words, as time goes on, massage therapists are likely to be trained more rigorously and become even better-qualified to heal clients.
2. Continued Change in Culture
Massage therapy has been growing in popularity as a form of complementary and alternative medicine for years. The word “complementary” is key here. Massage therapy should be used in addition to regular Western medical practices, not as a substitute.
This acceptance of massage therapy as a legitimate form of treatment for a wide variety of ailments doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
3. Job Growth
The projected job growth rate for licensed massage therapists between 2016 and 2026 is 26 percent, which is much higher than the 7 percent average growth rate for other occupations.
This is a great sign for any prospective massage therapists out there, and it is likely a direct result of the growing acceptance of massage therapy noted above.
4. Personal Care Massage
With new studies correlating massage with a variety of health benefits coming out constantly, Elements of Rockville Centre has seen more people adopting massage therapy not as a luxury or a treatment for a specific condition, but as a vital part of an overall wellness regiment.
The Elements Massage Wellness Program is designed specifically to provide the benefits of regular massage at a sustainable price. It reflects our belief that everyone should receive massage therapy.
5. New Modalities
This is more of speculation about the future of massage than a prediction backed up with facts, but we’re excited for new modalities that are becoming popularized.
New modalities may be a result of the fusion of two existing modalities.
The future of massage certainly looks bright, both for people who receive it and for those who perform it. We’re looking forward to what 2019 brings!