Whether you’re just starting out in your holistic education or in your final year and looking towards the next step, knowing your career options is essential to getting the most out of your diploma.
Before we start looking for the best workplace settings for a holistic massage diploma course graduate, it’s important to examine what exactly holistic healthcare is. Holistic medicine is the examination of the entire body, not its individual parts. It addresses the whole body, taking into consideration a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
As a holistic massage graduate, your career options vary. There are many areas that holistic massage practitioners could be employed in, ranging from holistic therapies to furthering your education.
We examine five of the best workplaces in the U.K. and abroad for holistic massage graduates.
1. Therapeutic yoga
Therapeutic yoga is exactly as it sounds. Therapeutic yoga employs the Ayurvedic yoga system to address health challenges, restore balance, reduce symptoms and increase vitality. The road to therapeutic yoga requires a holistic approach and understanding of the human body.
How it differs from traditional yoga classes or structures is that therapeutic yoga is used by clients to get help for specific health conditions or symptoms. In most cases, the yoga techniques that are applied are used to address the specific condition(s) of the client. It involves understanding the client’s needs, assessment through questioning, listening, observing, and ultimately establishing practice intervention to improve their health and wellbeing.
To expand your holistic massage education into therapeutic yoga, graduates will also need to obtain a yoga certificate from a certified therapeutic yoga center.
2. Fitness centers
The continued growing interest in health and fitness has driven demand for fitness centers. The promotion of improved fitness is increasing the number of clientele and opportunities for holistic massage graduates. Post-workout recovery requires a holistic approach to the physical and mental strain that anaerobic and aerobic exercises bring.
Holistic therapists employed in fitness centers will require strong skills in evaluation, assessment, decision-making, empathy, data recording, communication and knowledge and hands-on practice in various modalities. Clients will need guidance on their condition and progress, areas of focus, and assistance to resolve health concerns or trouble spots.
Once relegated to luxurious destinations and experiences, spas are now a key element for body relaxation and health management. Indeed, the global spa industry has gone from strength to strength, growing in leaps and bounds, affording those with a holistic massage diploma to carve out a really successful career.
The range of services included in a spa treatment covers a whole host of bespoke options, but traditionally they include steam baths, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures and, of course, massages. These wellness services encourage the revitalization of the mind, body, and spirit.
Holistic massage graduates will find many career opportunities in the market segments of the global spa industry, from hotel or resort spas to destination spas.
4. Medical offices
Healthcare facilities are combining traditional Western medical practices with holistic, result-oriented natural health treatments. The growing public interest in alternative healing therapies has led to an increase in the demand for holistic massage practitioners. Whether it’s physician clinics or a chiropractor’s office, opportunities to work as a holistic massage therapist are flourishing.
The ability to collaborate is a key element in working within a clinic environment. Holistic practitioners will need to work hand-in-hand with medical professionals to resolve specific conditions of patients. Employing a variety of procedures, techniques, and modalities are necessary to achieve wellness goals and address the physician’s diagnosis of the patient.
5. Franchises and self-employment
The various massage therapy branches within holistic healthcare make it one of the most viable career options and workplace settings for any holistic massage graduate. There are several massage treatments a graduate can specialize in. Some of those from the exhaustive list include:
- Swedish massage
- Neuromuscular therapy
- Deep tissue massage
- Movement therapy
Several of these will require further education or additional training to qualify in a specific field, but they all afford graduates opportunities to succeed in their career goals. One of the main benefits of working as a specialized licensed or registered massage therapist is flexibility in terms of independence, level of responsibility, work hours and choice of practice location.
Your holistic massage career track
With projected job growth remaining high, holistic massage is an ever-growing, popular career choice. The roles and career opportunities available in this field of work are as varied as the patients and clients you will come across.
Today, more and more people have become increasingly aware of the importance of a natural approach to health. Your role as a holistic massage practitioner will ensure they get the right treatment for what ails them.
Marc Innes is the Owner and Principal of the School of Natural Therapies, a training school for Massage & Holistic Therapies located in London. Marc began his career in the NHS, working in a number of managerial and training roles within the Ambulance Service in London. He spent much of that time educating and coaching medical staff. Over time, he developed an interest in all things complementary to Allopathic Medicine, in particular, Reiki Healing and EFT, which culminated in running a successful teaching and ‘energy healing’ practice. Marc is passionate about the massage and complementary therapy industry.