Getting Certified in Physical Therapy and Massage At Once

Getting trained in Physical Therapy Aide or Sports Rehab is not only a great idea, but it provides individuals with a skillset that can benefit them in the long run. With the field of Physical Therapy linked to an increase in job outlook in the next few years, that gives any graduate from any sort of occupational therapy or physical therapy aide program the upper hand on the hunt for a job in the field of health and wellness. The special aspect of Physical Therapy Aide and any program related to it is that there is a lot of Massage Therapy that is involved. In fact, often times if one is certified as a Physical Therapy Aide, they are also certified as a Advanced Professional Massage Therapist. This dual certification proves that training to become a Physical Therapy Aide is beneficial since the rehabilitative sports massage skills will make you more marketable, make you more money, give you more opportunity, and provide you with more knowledge to heal others.

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As long as people are in motion, physical therapists will not be scarce

The whole point of going out on interviews to meet employers as a potential hire is to market yourself. A sure fire way to make you marketable in the field of health and wellness is getting trained in both massage therapy and physical therapy aide. Employers are going to realize that you will not only have the skills of Physical Therapy as an asset to their team, but with training in massage you will be able to satisfy customers in one of the core modalities of sports rehab. This experience in an important facet of healing others through bodywork will spark up an interest in you when meeting employers. It is easier to market yourself with more skill and stand out from the crowd when you have a specified focus aside from your regular training.

How To Make More Money

Having a certification in both massage and physical therapy can ensure that you are making more money. Often times, when your skills excel and act as an exceptional accet for your company, your pay rate can prove to be higher. This concept of higher pay for more skills is similar to when employees get paid a bit extra for being bilingual. When they speak Spanish in a Spanish speaking area or Mandarin in a Mandarin speaking area, they benefit. This is because their business can truly benefit from removing language barriers. Not only will you get a higher pay rate off the start for having training in physical therapy aide and massage therapy, but since your skills will set you apart from the bunch, you are sure to have clients ranting and raving about your extra care. If you are certain that you are utilizing the extra knowledge you learned in your massage training during your therapy sessions, you can leave your clients with a happy of memory and expressing that to your supervisors.

Getting trained in two fields such as these two would also end up getting you more opportunities. Opportunities for what you ask? Well, mainly business and job opportunities. When you are certified in just one field, the jobs you can inquire about are fairly limited. With the job outlooks separately being high in both the field of physical therapy aide as well as massage therapy, you can get a higher conjoined job outlook from your pool of opportunities. With more job opportunities, comes more networking. This can come in handy especially if you are using your skills to work from home or start your own business. Many massage therapists decide to work freelance or contracted through a third party and if clients find out that they are certified to assist them with their sports rehabilitation aside from their regular relaxing bodywork then that can boost your chances of happy clients and extended referrals.

More Opportunities

Aside form the money and opportunity that comes with getting trained in two fields, the knowledge that comes with your training will prove to be more than it’s valued. The field of physical therapy and massage are all based in the same factor of healing. Both massage and physical therapy have different modalities and ways to heal people and by learning both you can strengthen the other skillset. You can use your extended knowledge of massage during your rehabilitative sessions and maybe give your clients a  stretch during or after your massage sessions. Knowledge and skill level are evident to clients based off of the type of care they receive after a session. If an individual goes the extra mile to expand their skill set and present that in the work they provide, the clients healing process will be elevated and it will be noticable.
There’s nothing better than killing two birds with one stone, especially when it gives you the satisfaction of being a better healer and advancing your career. Southern California Health Institute offers programs that include training in two fields in less than a year. For more information please call (818) 980-8990 or visit the SOCHi website at