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Steps to get started in Massage Therapy in Alaska

Life in the state of Alaska is for the most part, peaceful and serene, but when the stress of day-to-day living starts to wear on a person, making them feel tired and sick -- they need a professional of massage therapy to ease it all away.

Studies have shown that human touch releases endorphins -- natural painkillers in the body, which is the reason why a mother's hug for her child's hurt knee can actually make it feel better. Another fact, in relation to the "Power of Touch" is that according to studies, touch is the first sense that develops in us, as humans and quite possibly is the last to fade.

You may already realize the importance of massage therapy, and that's probably what brought you here. However, you may be looking for guidance, as far as, what steps to take if you wish to get started in a career in massage therapy in Alaska. In the following information, you'll learn what you need to know about a massage therapy career in Alaska.

While there are currently, no massage therapy license requirements or regulations, in terms of the state of Alaska, there may be special requirements in cities throughout the state. If you are interested in becoming a massage therapist in the state of Alaska -- contact your local health department to find out if there are specific regulations for your Alaskan city. In addition, if you choose to start a massage therapy practice in Alaska -- remember to check with your city and county authorities to determine what, if any, laws and regulations apply to your MT practice.

For instance, massage therapists who wish to set up a practice in the city of Anchorage, AK, will need to first, obtain an Anchorage Business license.

Although you may not need a formal license in order to practice massage therapy in some parts of Alaska -- it's always better to obtain certification and have MT training or at least, training in holistic healing and bodywork. Therefore, anyone hoping to practice massage therapy in Alaska should receive training from an accredited MT school before beginning their practice. An accredited massage therapy school in Alaska is one that has been approved by the NCBTMB or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

While the options are somewhat limited, in terms of massage therapy schools in Alaska, several schools are still available in major cities throughout Alaska, including Anchorage and Fairbanks. If, however, you don't live near a major city -- there are also a variety of online schools that provide students with a degree in massage therapy, regardless of location.

When training has been completed, MT students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) The NCETMB is typically given five to six days per week, depending on the location.

Massage Therapy Salary in Alaska

A massage therapist in Alaska can make anywhere from $33,000 to $76,000 (Source: Massage Therapy Careers)

MT Salaries by Cities in Alaska (median):

Anchorage $43,400 to $65,000
Fairbanks $43,050 to $65,900
Juneau $43,400 to $64,470

A massage therapy career in Alaska can be exciting, fulfilling and rewarding. Find an NCBTMB-approved school to receive an education and the formal training you need to get started in massage therapy in Alaska.