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What Is Happening in the Massage Profession

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Douglas Merrow

A July 2017 Massage Today article reported that between 2004 and 2016 the number of people graduating from massage programs dropped nearly 60 percent and the number of massage training programs dropped around 38 percent.
Meanwhile, paradoxically, there are a growing number of massage therapy jobs available. The Oregon School of Massage (OSM) reports that it consistently hears from massage businesses, chiropractic offices and spas that they are unable to find enough massage therapists.
The article attributes the drop to burnout, expounding that mental burnout often results from practicing relaxation massages that, while easier on the practitioner’s body, are monotonous and often lead to boredom. It also states that physical burnout can result from practicing more intense pain-related modalities, poor education in and poor use of body mechanics plus a lack of awareness of higher efficacy modalities that can address pain treatments while reducing hardship to the practitioner’s body.
Successful training programs support students in developing a successful practice in spite of these issues. Opportunities to do this profoundly satisfying work remain available. Those looking at massage career opportunities, should look for a well rounded training program. OSM, a leader in holistic massage education for over 30 years, is one such program. It has trained a steady crop of both wellness and clinically oriented massage therapists who practice throughout the region.


OSM’s next quarter starts January 5, 2018. Call 503-244-3420 or visit

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