Should Anne Leave the Massage Profession?

Yesterday I overheard a conversation between two massage therapists. Yes, I eavesdrop. “Anne” was saying that she was heading to nursing school. The conversation went something like this.

“So why are you returning to school? Have you always wanted to be a nurse?”

Anne’s answer? “No.” She just couldn’t see herself making it long term in massage. Not enough money to contribute to her retirement, afraid her body won’t hold up…

I don’t know Anne. Never saw her before. But I felt sad for her. I would hope for anyone taking on the commitment of school that they would feel excited about their new course of study, drawn to work in that field.

Anne sounded disillusioned with her work as a massage therapist. Or rather she was disillusioned with what wasn’t working for her. Maybe a new career will be her cure.

Is the Massage Profession to Blame?

My frustration is that Anne is blaming the profession. While some massage therapists aren’t paying their bills, others are thriving. That tells me there’s more going on here.

I would love to work with Anne (are you listening?) to help her explore her business model, her beliefs around prosperity, her passions, how she’s tending to her body… I’m not attached to whether Anne (or you) stays in your profession. I’ve known massage therapists that moved into another line of work because they felt finished with their massage career or they felt the pull of some other passion. It’s just as great to know when to move on as to move into this field.

Here’s what’s sad for me. If Anne would still like to offer massage, if she still feels a call to this work, it’s a shame that she’s leaving. I didn’t hear her say “Boy, I’m really ready to be done with massage.”

Hey Anne—It’s possible to fund your retirement from your massage career. I am and I’m not alone. Hey Anne—You could create a self-care plan to ease your fears about your body withstanding the rigors of massage. I know many people, including myself, whose bodies are doing great after 10, 15, 20 years of working full-time in this field.

I Believe…

I believe everyone in the world (including you and Anne) deserves to enjoy work that rewards them up, that uses their best skills and talents, and that stretches them enough that they stay alive and interested in the work.

And You? 

How about you? What can you do to support yourself in fully enjoying your work or in moving on?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. My blog is a great place to do that.
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