7 Reasons Massage Therapists Love Their Jobs

2429369163_13d7943677_mIt’s no secret to you. Massage therapy is hard work! It’s physically challenging and takes mental and physical strength. Some days you’re tired and worn out. And other days you just love your clients and your job, and you remember why it is you keep doing it every day.

We think massage therapists are a pretty special group of people, committed to their profession and to their clients’ well-being. To offer a little encouragement to get you through the week, here are some true stories from massage therapists sharing what excites them about their work.

7. The “Massage Look”

As a therapist who focuses on relaxation and stress management, I love having clients leave my office with what my daughter calls the “massage look.” The half dazed look, moving a bit slower than when they came in, talking about how great they feel in a surprised way, that is a terrific feeling for me. – Diana

6. Chronic Pain Relief

I really enjoy having clients with anxiety feel their body and mind relax, which can help change their perspective on their stressors.

Having people report relief from chronic pain, or pain from surgery is also fufilling. I have been blessed to not have chronic pain, but the brief periods of pain I have had, let me know how much energy it can sap from you, and the tension it can create in your whole body. – Karen

5. “Massage Miracles”

Probably the coolest thing about what we do is what I call “massages little miracles.” That moment after a session or phone call you receive when a client says “This hurt me for so long and now, for whatever reason, it doesn’t hurt anymore.” In 17 years it’s only happened a handful of times, but those experiences happened.

I think back and it brings a tear to my eye and humbles me realizing that I made a difference. I have to thank all the people who’ve entered my life to make those moments possible. The training, the therapists, the clients and even my wife, who thought I was going through a phase and didn’t think I’d stay with it. I love what I do; I look forward to going to work every day. – Don

4. Appreciation

All of the above make giving massage treatment to complete strangers worthwhile. But appreciation stands out above all. If no appreciation was shown I would question my abilities to heal others. – Amy

3. Repeat vists

Having them come back! That shows appreciation for the work that I have done. With time and intent the improvement will start to show. – Vera

2. Honest work

I always say, massage therapy is one of the purest, most honest and decent ways to make a living. I put good into the universe with every treatment. At the end of the work day, I give thanks for having the opportunity to serve through healing touch. I have a clear conscience. – Roseann

1. All of the above!

All of the above! I truly love my work, because it has so many rewards. First, I’m providing a great service that scientific studies have proven positive results both physically, mentally. Second, people pay their hard earned money for massage therapy service because they get relief from tension, stress, aches, and pain. Third, because of the positive results acheived, they return. Fourth, they appreciate the service massage therapist provide with many thank you’s and compliments. Giving several massages per day can become very physical for the therapist but, once the work day is finish I feel very good that my work made someone feel better and I got paid well for doing so. – Barbara

What is your favorite thing about being a massage therapist? Why do you keep doing it? Share your stories with us in the comments!


Comments from original Massamio post:

Why do I love being a massage therapist??????????? Being a part of a clients wellness…….knowing they had pain or discomfort when they arrive and had relief after…. YAY! — Posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 6:37 PM by Becky Dieter

I always say that I have the best job in the world because people arrive at my door looking forward to seeing me and leave my table happy to have been there, looking forward to their next visit. That is a good job! — Posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 10:23 PM by Liz Giles

All the above and I thank God every day for being blessed to be in this field!!! — Posted @ Tuesday, August 06, 2013 5:10 PM by Rhonda Ludwig

All of the above! I love seeing the wonderful smiles and hearing about the positive changes my clients are experiencing from my bodywork! Their joy inspires me to study and seek out new ways to be the best I can be with my craft! 🙂 — Posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:49 PM by Anthony Ebright

I love my job, massaging people, actually I love people. Massage gives me an opportunity to be very close and intimate with people. I am very fortunate to work in a high end day spa and salon. I love to massage our clients who come because their love ones or bosses have bought them a gift of massage. When working on my clients, I like to give them the full 60 minutes or 90 minutes worth of relaxing, relief tension, feel pamper, feel attentive and most of all, fulfill whatever their request is. They felt so relax during and after the massage. Their knots loosen. They are so thankful and shows appreciation and that always make me feel good. The pay is great plus generous tips. I could not ask for more. Sometimes when I heard story on radio talking about people making $8.00 an hour, working with gravel, going home with full of gravels sticking to their bodies. I feel very blessed to have a job working indoor with air conditioner and doing what I love. There are times my hands and wrists hurt very much but that does not stop me from doing massage. This is my ninth years into massage, and I hope one day to have my little massage spa business. — Posted @ Wednesday, January 08, 2014 1:08 AM by Leha Nguyen