Stress-Free New Year's Resolutions Lead to Massage Therapy Training

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With stress reduction topping many people's lists of New Year's resolutions, massage therapy is a promising career change for 2007. Workplace stress continues to be a concern for many American workers, and massage is a therapeutic treatment for stress. Because massage therapy is often a state-regulated industry, formal education is required. Online resources such as LocalEdu.com provide articles with location-specific school information on massage therapy programs.

People who have popular New Year's resolutions to reduce stress this year are contributing to the need for more massage therapists. As of 2004, 33 states and the District of Columbia are regulating massage therapy and require formal education to become a massage therapist. Several articles on LocalEdu.com, the online resource that provides location-specific school information, provide an overview of massage therapist training programs in specific geographical areas.

Over ten years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified the workplace as the single greatest source of stress. More recently, The Marlin Company's "Annual Attitudes in the American Workplace" poll reported a 37 percent increase in anxiety or stress-related ailments in 2003, and 52 percent of participants reported co-workers needed help managing stress in 2004.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for massage therapists is increasing faster than average because more people are learning about the benefits of massage therapy. According to Massage Today, the practice of massage as a therapeutic treatment for stress and other medical ailments is more than 4,000 years old. Massage can relieve chronic pain, lower the heart rate, eliminate tension headaches, promote sound sleep, and lower blood pressure.

There are 1,300 massage therapy schools with licensing regulated on a state-by-state basis. As a starting point to researching schools, Web sites like LocalEdu.com offer the following helpful articles that include location specific information:

In addition to these articles, people can pursue other massage therapy options by clicking on an interactive map of the United States at the LocalEdu.com homepage to discover massage training programs in their community or in places where they wish to live and study.

LocalEdu.com is an educational resource that provides students with information on cities, schools, and educational programs. Students can search the LocalEdu.com directory to find universities, colleges, and vocational schools anywhere they want to go to school--from California to Florida, Texas to Illinois.

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