Indeed, it is not possible to predict an absolute course for the future of massage therapy. Nevertheless, it is valuable to review the general trends in the profession to gauge its growth patterns and future possibilities.


But the field of massage therapy, like any industry, needs something to push it forward—or someone.


In a recently published article entitled, “Shape the Massage Field, Somebody Else Will,” author and expert, Brent Jackson, writes:


“In my opinion, the cause of our current state of the massage therapy profession revolves around one central concept: Involvement versus lack of involvement.”


He suggests that you ask yourself where and how do we get information for development and change? “The answer is through surveys, focus groups, committees and boards,” he writes.


It wasn’t long ago that healthcare professionals in the United States scoffed at the idea of massage as a serious modality for a wide array of health care complaints ranging from musculoskeletal injury to pain management for cancer patients. Today, views are changing significantly, which is good, but it’s time to take it to the next level.


“Today, the massage therapy profession has too many armchair quarterbacks calling out plays without suiting up and getting in the game,” Jackson writes. “Consequently, I am calling you all out to play.”


He argues that, as practicing massage therapists, we often become complacent to the world around us.


“Participation takes commitment and planning. Many massage therapists may find themselves overwhelmed or busy. The thought of one more meeting does not always seem appealing.

The truth is, it is our professional responsibility to be engaged and of service to our beloved profession.”


Jackson says to ask yourself:

  • Am I an active member of the massage therapy community?

  • Am I involved in being of service to the massage therapy profession versus waiting for it to be of service to you?

  • Am I engaged with my state massage therapy community?

  • Do I complete the surveys that shape our education?


If your answer is no to any of the above questions, then it’s time to engage in your massage community and participate in taking the massage therapy field to that next level.


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