MASSAGE THERAPY - NEW MEXICO

Massage Therapy
IN
New Mexico

Nothing releases stress—physical or mental—quite like a massage. That’s why getting a massage is considered such a treat.

If you enjoy working with your hands and you want to start a career based in science, you may be a great fit for the field of massage therapy

State License Requirements
650
Hours

The curriculum for your New Mexico massage program should last at least 650 hours, as required by the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Throughout the course of your education, you may cover anatomy and physiology in great detail.

Education Details

The curriculum for your New Mexico massage program should last at least 650 hours, as required by the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. Throughout the course of your education, you may cover anatomy and physiology in great detail. This allows you to start studying assessment and treatment techniques for different types of pain and medical conditions. Some of your curriculum may focus on business skills, as you may opt to become self-employed or open your own massage business. Hands-on practice is a crucial aspect of this program—plan on spending several hundred hours working with a variety of clients.

License Renewal
0
License Renewal Hours
1 Year*
License Renewal Period

The state of New Mexico requires all massage therapists to complete at least 650 hours of practical training to work professionally. After you finish training, you will take a written exam and turn in your application for initial licensure. The fee for this is $75. Once approved, you will renew your license every two years, and include a fee for $75 with your submission. New Mexico also requires all massage therapists to complete at least 16 hours of continuing education requirements per renewal period.

Careers
$28,320 
Salary
20.8%
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

New Mexico has a strong and growing need for massage therapists. Through the year 2022, O*Net hopes to see a 21% increase in massage therapist jobs. They report that New Mexico massage therapists earn an average salary of $29,600 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Working as a Massage Therapist

Completing a massage therapy degree or certificate can prepare you for a variety of career paths. Many new massage therapists choose to gain experience and build their CV by working for a spa or salon that offers massage services. Once you’ve built a reputation for yourself and you feel confident in your abilities, you may decide to work as a freelance masseuse or open your own massage business. This may allow you to charge more, keep more of the money you earn, and create a business that reflects your values. Whether you are employed by a salon or self-employed, most of your day should be spent with clients. A small portion of your day may be spent on marketing and business management.

State board Contact Information

New Mexico Massage Therapy Board 2550 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: 505-476-4870 Fax: 505-476-4645 Email: massage.board@state.nm.us Some of the reasons why it is important to join professional organizations are because it assists with networking, especially when someone is new to the massage therapy profession, and they help with keeping up with state regulations in New Mexico. A few of the associations that are available in New Mexico for massage therapists can be found below.