While most of us are great at receiving massages, have you ever considering training to become a masseur yourself? Many people who work in the fitness industry encounter clients on a daily basis that suffer from various aches and pains as a result of lifestyle and injury. Therefore, having the capacity to offer these services in addition to your skills in fitness instruction can really broaden your client base and wallet.
Although massage can be seen as a luxury item and typically not a necessity in the household budget, as a fitness professional you are uniquely placed to offer cross-promotional incentives to get people booking regularly and referring their friends.
If you’re currently based in a gym or have your own personal training business, chances are that the bulk of your clients will be requesting remedial services. However, you may consider also adopting a specialty or two in order to attract more clients, who may, in turn, end up booking you for fitness services. Think rehabilitation and deep tissue massage especially, as not as many places specialize in this style. Lymphatic massage is also popular amongst fitness clients.
Many courses will offer flexible delivery options including online components so you can continue to train clients while you are working towards your qualification.
Some people opt to complete a shorter course before they commit to a longer qualification. Especially if you have never really massaged before or are deciding between several styles to train in, undertaking a weekend short course or one-day trial event can provide you with enough information to make a more informed decision. Of course, if you are unsure it’s good to talk to course advisors and friends and family that have experience in this field.
Another factor to be mindful of before you enroll is how you will use your skills. If you are thinking of setting up shop locally or offering a local, mobile service it’s a good idea to consider the types of massage experiences that in most demand. For mobile services, pregnancy and post-natal experience is highly valued as new or expectant mothers can’t always make it out of the house. Similarly, some clients requiring rehabilitation or who face chronic health conditions will be more inclined to make ongoing use of your services if you can come to them. In other areas, a cheap and cheerful type shop that offers express-style massages may be in demand and experience high volumes of walk-in customers. The bespoke services of a day spa will probably require you to upskill in other areas such as beauty or go into business with someone that can offer facials, peels and hand and foot care.
Whether you’re in Ballarat, Melbourne or Geelong, completing a massage course is a great way to transition to a more flexible career. Don’t forget, you’re never going to be short of volunteers whilst you are gaining experience and in a budget pinch, gift giving of your own services will always be highly appreciated.