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A day in the life of a Massage Therapist in South Carolina

On a day off in the state of South Carolina, a massage therapist has many activities and attractions to occupy her time. A therapist living on the coast, Myrtle Beach for example, might spend a warm spring day sunning on the beach, playing on one of the many area golf courses, playing a round of miniature golf or shopping in one of the area outlets. In this same coastal city, she might spend the evening watching one of the many live shows offered at local theater houses. And no evening along the Grand Strand would be complete without a meal at one of the local restaurants. The choices are extensive. Name the cuisine and you will probably find a restaurant that serves it.

A therapist working along the coast and employed by a hospital or other medical facility may start the day at 7 a.m. and see a continual flow of clients until calling it a day around 6 p.m. There is a large retired population along the coast so many of the therapist's clients may be senior citizens recovering from surgery, attempting to slow the process of a degenerative disease or trying to maintain their health. However, there is no limitation on the age of the patients seeking the service of massage therapists in this area. Certified therapists working in hospitals also work with premature babies, victims of car accidents and stroke and heart attack patients.

A therapist working in Spartanburg, South Carolina will find himself living in the most populated metropolitan area of the state. Greenville, Spartanburg and the surrounding towns and cities account for the largest collection of state residents. Living in Spartanburg, a therapist could easily make the daily commute to Greenville and work in one of the local health clubs, where members sign up for massages to coincide with their workout regiments. Because the club environment is much like that of a social club as well as a fitness center, and because of the frequency at which the therapist sees the club members, he has the opportunity to get to know his clients very well.

On days off, this therapist can enjoy the small mountainous areas of the state, or drive a few extra miles to the higher ranges of North Carolina and visit the historic Biltmore House on the way. Living in Spartanburg, this therapist is also within a couple hours of North Carolina's largest city, Charlotte, a great place to enjoy a professional ball game and a night dinning out.

Regardless of where he or she works and lives in South Carolina, a therapist must have earned 500 hours of course work from an accredited school and passed either the NCETMB or MBLEx examination. The therapist must be licensed by the South Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy as a Massage & Bodywork Therapist. Once a therapist receives licensure, she must continue to update her certification. This process entails the completion of 12 course hours biennially.

The offices of the licensing board are located in the state capital of Columbia.