Increasing in popularity, swedish body massage is a technique in which the therapist uses their hands and elbows to help clients with physical or emotional problems. This technique is used on the whole body, with a particular focus on the limbs and back.
Swedish body massage works on the principal that emotional or personal problems can lead to physical conditions such as stiffness or tension. The therapist uses gentle movements on specific locations to ease tension, clear blockages, improve circulation and help restore the body's natural balance.
As interest in complementary therapies has increased in the last 20 years, so too have the opportunities for Swedish body massage therapists. These days positions exist in the NHS and private healthcare, as well as in salons, spas and hotels.
The majority of practitioners are self-employed, with hourly rates ranging from ?20 to ?45 an hour, depending on location and clients. Working in a salon, earnings would be around ?10,000 a year to start, rising to anywhere between ?15,000 and ?30,000 a year as your experience and reputation grows.
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