Major Overview

Personal services are made to make life easier for others. These services can range from hair styling and manicures, cooking and hospitality. Someone who majors in Personal and Culinary Services, Other usually chooses a niche specialization in the field. An example of this is Healing Arts Massage. This is a unique, natural form of message that helps you deal with stress, fatigue, and pain. If you choose to pursue a degree in Healing Arts Massage, you will take classes in aromatherapy, reflexology, anatomy, hypnotherapy, and massage therapy to teach you how to help your customer relax and enjoy this service.

Required Skills

When working in any career under the Personal and Culinary Services umbrella, you must have strong interpersonal and customer service skills. You are working to make the customer happy, so you should listen to them and be courteous. It is also important to have a background in business and understand management. Some graduates choose to become self-employed, taking on the role of both employee and top management.

Like other masseuses, healing arts masseuses are required to be licensed by the state they work in. After completing a collegiate program, graduates take an exam administered by the state or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) or National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. State requirements may vary, so it's best to check with the state you wish to practice in to ensure you are fulfilling all necessary requirements.

Careers

Graduates who pursue a degree in Healing Arts Massage find a job at established masseuse practices and spas or decide to be self-employed. The use of spas and natural healing methods have increased over the past years and this field is expected to grow at a faster than average rate. Massage is becoming well respected as a way to treat pain, fatigue, and stress causing an increased demand in masseuses. Your salary will depend on what major you choose and where you end up working, as well as your level of expertise and professionalism.

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