How Much Do Massage Therapists Earn?

Massage therapy can be a fulfilling, rewarding career with many unique benefits, however, potential massage therapists might be put off if they think that massage therapists can’t have a steady job with comfortable earnings.

According to O*NET Online, the median national annual wage for massage therapists is about $35,920, with projected job growth between 2012 and 2022 much faster than average at 22 percent. The top percentage of massage therapists can earn as much as $60,000 - $71,000 or more annually.

Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring, added that massage therapy earnings depend on the number of sessions massage therapists perform each week or month.

Average numbers of session are likely closer to the 10 -15 sessions per week range, some of which are private and some of which are through a gym or spa. Massage therapists who are passionate about their job and willing to work harder can earn more.

 If massage therapy students wish to increase their employability, they should look into WellSpring’s Integrative Massage/Fitness Associate Degree Program. Graduates of this program, which combines massage therapy and personal training, earn an associate degree of occupational studies and are credentialed as a massage therapist and personal trainer.


Massage Therapy One Of Most Eco-Friendly Job Fields

Massage therapists are trained to recognize the importance of the human body, but many also recognize the importance of the environment.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that massage therapy can be one of the most environmentally friendly professions out there.

Massage therapy places importance on natural and holistic elements. Instead of using chemicals, massage therapists use natural healing through touch and stretching as well as leveraging the energy of the body. Massage therapy classes at WellSpring, such as Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Joint & Stretch among many others, focus on these natural healing techniques and hands-on practice. 

Just because massage is an ancient practice and natural doesn’t mean it isn’t up-to-date! Massage is used as a remedy for a wide variety of ailments from seasonal allergies to pregnancy pain, providing a greener, more environmentally considerate alternative.

Now that more consumers are searching for eco-friendly products and services, this can also mean more profit for your massage therapy business. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “One of the great things about taking eco-friendly initiatives is you don’t have to make sweeping changes. You can make decisions based on your budget and do what’s within your power without feeling like you’re failing if you can’t do everything.”

Read the article from the AMTA here.


You’re Invited To WellSpring’s Lawrence Campus Open House

Thinking about a career in health and wellness but not sure what steps to take? You’re invited to join WellSpring School of Allied Health at our Lawrence Campus Open House.

Get your questions about a career in massage therapy, personal training or medical assisting answered by current students and instructors and participate in a free chair massage or health assessment. Information about the admissions process, financial aid opportunities will also be available.
The Open House will have two hour-long sessions on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by calling (816) 437-7519 or by emailing amanda.s@wellspring.edu.
When: Thursday, July 31 at 2 and 6 p.m.

Where: WellSpring School of Allied Health - Lawrence Campus, 947 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Kan. 66044 (Entrance around the corner on 10th Street)
What To Bring: Bring your motivated self! Feel free to bring friends. If you’d like to take part in a chair massage or health assessment, please dress accordingly. This is a casual event.

How Much: Free!
We hope to see you there!


WellSpring Announces Graduate Discount For Integrative Massage & Fitness Associate Degree Program

WellSpring is offering a graduate discount for students who have already completed our massage or our personal training programs and want to cross over and take the  complementary program. Plus, they’ll earn an associate degree at the same time.

Depending on which program you have completed, students can save as much as $8,000 when compared with taking the two programs separately. In addition, students will walk away with all of the certifications and training each program offers along with an associate degree in occupational studies.


If you’re a graduate of WellSpring’s massage therapy program, you can earn this new degree by taking WellSpring’s personal training program. If you graduated from the personal training program, you can earn the degree by taking WellSpring’s massage therapy program.

For massage therapists, you’ll pick up plenty of hands-on fitness training as well as a NASM certification as a personal trainer. For personal trainers, you’ll be able to pick up a state certification in massage therapy and bring added value to your clients.

For immediate questions, call us:
Kansas City Campus: 1-888-399-6070
Lawrence Campus: 1-888-697-5808


WellSpring Announces Its First Students To Graduate From Integrative Massage & Fitness Associate Degree Program

Congratulations to Curt Searcy and Danielle Walker for becoming the first students to earn WellSpring’s new integrative massage and fitness associate degree!

Curt Searcy

The degree, which was announced last August, combines massage therapy and personal training into an associate degree in occupational studies. The degree program is open to both massage and personal training graduates. Coincidentally, Curt started his training in massage therapy and added personal training, while Danielle started in personal training and followed with massage.

Massage graduates can earn this new degree by taking WellSpring’s personal training program. In the process, students can pick up a NASM certification as a personal trainer (CPT) and a specialization in corrective exercise (CES). Classes cover topics such as exercises science, program design, training special populations and more.

Danielle Walker

Graduates from WellSpring’s personal training program can obtain this degree by taking the massage therapy program, which includes the national certification exam in massage therapy. Members of this program will take classes such as Basic Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and Kinetic Anatomy.