Thank you for your interest in Orion Institute and a career in massage therapy, which has gained recognition for being an important part of the healthcare profession. Massage therapy is a growing occupation, gaining positive public attention, and offering many possibilities in the fields of allied health and fitness. There are many different specialty areas of massage that one can pursue, as well as a number of settings in which to work. Examples of successful massage therapy settings include medical offices, wellness programs within companies, hospice, private practice, hospitals, resorts, cruise ships, day spas, fitness centers, hotels, dance companies, and athletic teams.
In the area of employment, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook).
The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied and consumers seek massage because it provides numerous benefits. Documented recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions: cancer-related fatigue, low back pain, reducing post-operative pain, lowering blood pressure, reducing headache frequency, boosting the body’s immune system functioning, and easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, to name a few.
Indeed, the future holds abundant possibilities that are favorable to the field of massage therapy. We hope that you decide to be a part of such a wonderful profession and thank you for considering Orion Institute.
Jodi L. Romaker
President and Founder