Want to Travel the World? Become a Massage Therapist!

Nov 9, 2016

There are many reasons to become a massage therapist. You get to work in a serene and relaxing environment, you get to help others relieve pain and prevent illness, you can choose your own hours and stay physically active, and you can be assured you’ll almost always have happy customers. But want to know one of the best reasons to become a massage therapist?


The possibilities of massage therapy are near endless. Not only do you have a number of different career options – think private clinics, aged care facilities, sporting bodies, private practice, mobile massage and luxury spas – but massage therapy can be performed all over the world. Those looking to explore the globe can choose from jobs on cruise ships and private planes to exotic resorts and luxe hotels. You could even set up a mobile business that goes where you go, providing you’re prepared to carry some oils and maybe a table.

Massage therapy offers you the freedom to work anywhere, making it the ideal career for the avid traveller. Better yet, you can become certified in just two days with Discover Massage’s Certificate in Whole Body Massage, meaning you can easily squeeze some study in before you set off.

So what are you waiting for? Enrol in a Certificate in Whole Body Massage (available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and the Gold Coast) today, and you could soon be embarking on a trip around the world. All you need is the desire to explore, and a pair of willing hands.

This course is recognised by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) and the Massage Association of Australia (MAA), meaning once you have joined the IICT you can work professionally in 26 countries including the UK, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, France, Malta, Spain and Greece. The course is the most in-depth, two day hands on massage course in Australia, and it is guaranteed to positively change your life.


Once you have your massage therapy qualification, you’ll need to decide how to use it. There are a number of different ways to use your new found skills, but we suggest:


When deciding where to go for adventure, search local employment sites and job aggregators such as Spa Staff.com. Hundreds of employers from over forty countries use this site to find great candidates, and positions range from casual and part-time to full-time. Jobs can be categorised by job title or country, making your search super easy.


Every cruise ship needs qualified massage therapists, so before you leave, send your CV off to as many as you can. Cruise ships are excellent ways to see the world and you’ll have your accommodation all worked out too.


Just like cruise ships, most resorts have their own in-house massage therapists. Positions at resorts come with all sorts of perks, including beautiful surroundings and potential access to resort facilities. When arriving in a new destination, pop your CV in and let them know you’re available, or tell them to send you an email should anything come up.


Massage therapists with an interest in sports massage should consider applying for a position as a team massage therapist. Many teams would love to have a qualified massage therapist on the road with them, and sharing your skills could land you free travel and accommodation.


If you’re happy to carry a table around with you on your travels, you could try offering donation only massages for your fellow travellers. Do a good job and you could see some regular spending money coming in while gaining some great experience. Don’t want to transport a table around? Why not offer a seated, head, neck and shoulder massages?


Travel companies often offer fixed contracts that are six months long and renewable. You might not get to choose your initial country assignment, but some have resorts across the world, so eventually you’ll end up somewhere great. Signing with a multi-national company could see you massaging at a ski lodge in France for half the year, then massaging by the beach in Turkey for the other.


If you don’t like the idea of working in an orchard on a farm, but you do like the idea of trading labour for accommodation and board, you might consider offering your massage skills. WWOOFing is something that has become extremely popular with travellers, and from picking grapes to setting up irrigation systems, there’s plenty of work to do. Offering to massage to exhausted workers for a donation can help support your travels.


Once you’re back from your travels you’ll have a wealth of experience and endless stories to share. And all because you took the plunge and became a massage therapist with Discover Massage Australia.

Who knows, you might become hooked to massage therapy and opt to extend your studies, building on your career to include even more opportunities. Discovering massage is discovering freedom, and isn’t that what life’s all about? Talk to us today to discuss your exciting options.

Cameron Aubrey

Cameron Aubrey has over 20 years experience in the massage industry, and leads the team as Course Director at Discover Massage Australia. Cameron holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage, and his expertise runs across a large range of massage techniques, particularly sports, Swedish and whole body massage.