Thursday, March 22, 2007

As Alternative Medicine Gains Acceptance, Massage Makes Great Career Choice

As Alternative Medicine Gains Acceptance, Massage Makes Great Career Choice

With insurance companies warming up to the idea of holistic coverage, now is an excellent time for a career in alternative medicine. A new article on reports that the alternative medicine industry in Westbrook, near Portland, Maine, provides educational opportunities in holistic massage therapy for people who are drawn to healthy living and relaxation. The top online resource for degree programs across the United States tells prospective alternative medicine students that attending classes in Westbrook comes with a fringe benefit of soaking up the natural holistic healing energy of the surrounding area.

With reporting that "insurance companies are slowly catching on to the benefits of alternative treatments," advises people looking for a job change to consider careers in alternative medicine. Learning holistic massage therapy in a community of healers provides personal as well as career benefits, according to a new article, "Alternative Medicine Thrives in Westbrook, Maine" on top degree program site ( Potential students exploring career possibilities in holistic massage therapy can learn more about alternative medicine as a business at, a site that provides educational resources about a variety of industries.

In the March issue of, Elizabeth Ryan reports that: "Holistic therapies such as acupuncture and shiatsu massage are becoming as mainstream and routine as a trip to the dentist. But getting adequate insurance coverage for such treatments is anything but the norm." However, Ryan reviews an "Alternative Medicine" report that states "insurance companies are beginning to capitalize on the popularity of natural alternatives, and consumers are starting to reap the benefits."

"Alternative Medicine Thrives in Westbrook, Maine" offers details about the town of Westbrook and the local programs in holistic massage therapy:
• The Maine Medical Center in nearby Portland boasts an alternative medicine residency program.
• The Portland/Westbrook metro area supports about 75 massage therapists, several yoga studios and more than 20 acupuncturists.
• Local holistic massage therapy programs focus on the whole person, including the body, mind and emotions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for massage therapists is expected to increase faster than average in the coming years. In the 33 states regulating the industry, therapists who complete formal training programs are likely to have very good job opportunities.
According to, "Maine is home to top schools offering programs than can help build a career, get a start in the world and advance educational opportunities" (

Now may be a good time to enter the field of alternative medicine and massage. Almost twice as many doctors recommended massage therapy to their patients in 2006 than in 2001 in a survey by the American Massage Therapy Association. The survey revealed that as of 2006, 25 million more Americans per year are getting massages than in 1996. is an educational resource that provides students with information on cities, schools and educational programs. Students can search the directory to find universities, colleges and vocational schools anywhere they want to go to school -- from California to Florida, Texas to Illinois.