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Enrollment, Graduation Decreases in Massage Schools

Posted: March 25, 2009

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“We think the growth of massage programs has likely reached its end; in fact, the 2010 report could likely show a decrease in the number of schools,” Sweeney said. “It would not be surprising to see a further reduction in the number of massage training programs during the next few years. The current economic crisis could accelerate that trend. The landscape has become more competitive. Those with quality instruction, passion for the field and effective student recruitment and support are more likely to thrive.”

ABMP has an active school relations program that includes nearly 2,500 ABMP staff visits to schools during the last decade, a comprehensive initiative launched in 2007 to strengthen massage students’ educational experience and the sponsorship of a 2008 instructors’ textbook in massage therapy.

ABMP serves the massage, bodywork and somatic therapy professions and is devoted to promoting ethical practices, fostering acceptance of the professions and protecting the rights of legitimate massage and bodywork practitioners. Representing more than 66,000 members, ABMP is headquartered in Golden, CO. ABMP is employee-owned and is one of the largest massage therapy membership associations in the nation.

Following are comments regarding this story from Skin Inc. readers

"In reading Skin Inc.'s article "Enrollment, Graduation Decreases in Massage Schools," one of the main reasons enrollment has decreased is that the real employment opportunities (a job!) are small, part-time and short-lived--let's be real. From experience, I found that being a massage therapist was not going to pay the bills. Lucky for me, I was already degreed in another field with a master's degree that I rely on to this day, even as a licensed esthetician."