Careers in Healing Arts

By: CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

There are many exciting training opportunities for careers in healing arts today. Prospective students can explore natural healing careers in massage therapy, herbal medicine, holistic health, reflexology, naturopathy and chiropractic, among others.

Careers in healing arts like massage therapy can be achieved through any one of the many available bodywork training programs. Depending on the course in which you enroll, you can anticipate between 300 and 1,000 instructional hours in massage therapy. Commonly taught modalities include deep tissue massage, sports massage and Swedish massage. Additional studies frequently involve anatomy, pathology, physiology, CPR and first aid, kinesiology, hydrotherapy, reflexology, and more.

that entail herbal medicine include acupuncture, Oriental medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, and holistic health practitioners. While these professional careers in healing arts differ in relation to respective discipline, each academic program carries a curriculum in herbalism and common herbal remedies. For instance, Oriental medicine practitioners often practice Chinese herbal medicine; which is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophies and theories (and Chinese herbal formulations). Naturopathic practitioners often provide both Eastern and Western herbal medicine, as do homeopaths.

Careers in healing arts vary in professional outlook and income potential. , for instance, have a positive healing arts career outlook as projected job growth for this profession is very positive. Other alternative careers in healing arts like chiropractic can also prove to be very lucrative. Considering education, training and experience, licensed chiropractors have the potential to earn well over $100,000 annually. Professional healthcare providers may also benefit by having the additional training and education to provide holistic health services to patients desiring alternatives to conventional medicine practices.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in learning more about these or other healing arts programs, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore near you.

*Source: BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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