How can I find out more about doing independent massage therapy as a nurse? What are the opportunities for an RN?
Interested In Massage Therapy
Dear Interested In Massage Therapy,
Therapeutic massage is a growing specialty area for nurses. I recommend you connect with The National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists for more information and for recommendations on massage training programs geared specifically to nurses. They also may be able to help you determine how to put those two skill sets to work for you. Nurse Massage Therapists work independently, either on their own or through holistic wellness centers, pain management centers, spas and health clubs. Some work as employees or independent contractors to hospitals and corporations.
You may need to become licensed or certified in massage therapy depending on the state in which you live. In some cases, the individual state board of nursing regulates massage therapists, including nurses who provide this service. Check with your state BON to see what if anything may be required. You also will want to check with the locality or jurisdiction where you might practice for any additional laws, regulations and restrictions regarding massage therapy.
The American Holistic Nurses Association is another resource for you as many nurse massage therapists also belong to this association and incorporate massage into a larger holistic practice whether employed or self-employed.