I can't help but wonder if we do go in this new direction, where does that leave a therapist like myself? I would venture to say there are thousands of us that fall into a category somewhere between. I give a deeper massage in a spa setting. I wouldn't want to be lumped in with "spa therapists who fluff and buff." I also wouldn't want to have to get a 1000 more hours of education, deal with insurance companies, and work in a more medical setting, to be able to say my work is "therapeutic." So that is my fear, that different categories would pigeonhole therapists. I don't want to choose A or B when I'm XYZ. :)
Either way massage consumers would still have to try therapists until they find the right one for them.
On the other hand splitting up could be great. A spa therapist could get a specialized education and come out of school really prepared for the spa work environment. A medical massage student could really get a focused education, learn insurance billing, and be prepared for the medical setting. Massage schools could specialize instead of trying to be everything to everyone.
That being said I definitely thing it is time for a change! Please weigh in and share what you think in the comments.
Have a wonderful day! Gael
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