There’s a false dichotomy that you find sometimes in the massage world. The idea is that one is either in the massage business to be of service to others, or to make money. No debates, no middle ground. But as any massage student will tell you: getting paid to provide massage rather than paying tuition for the privilege is totally a part, although not the entirety, of the dream. Caring and cash don’t have to be mutually exclusive. That’s part of what makes graduating so exciting!
Here’s the bad news: money doesn’t magically rain from the sky the moment you hold your license in your hands. Maybe you’re the new person at the salon who never gets scheduled until everybody else is completely booked up. Maybe you start out making less money an hour than you’d like. Maybe your brand new business really needed a new coat of paint. And signage. And furniture. And you didn’t have quite as many clients in the door right away as you anticipated. Whatever the situation, cash can be tight, and every little bit helps.
There are two things you can do about this right now, while you’re still in school. First, you can start ramping up your marketing so that you can start with a healthy number of clients as soon as you begin practicing. And secondly, you can start saving money. And one great opportunity for this is the massageschool.org Helping Others Massage School Scholarship.
Saving $1,000 on tuition now might mean you could buy a really nice table and chair later. It could take care of your new sign, new paint, a new computer, and maybe a desk to put it on. You could use it to take a week-long continuing education course or attend a distant conference. Or it could help you pay the rent for a couple of months while you figure out how to get your business rolling. $1,000 could help you help a lot of people.
So how do you intend to help others as a massage therapist? Answer in 500 or fewer words, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, and wait to find out if you’re the winning student.
Need more information? Visit the Helping Others Massage Scholarship. It’s not all about the money. But some extra money can help you reach out to more people with the gift of massage, and that is what it’s all about.