I don’t recall ever seeing a survey on how many hours the average therapist is capable of massaging in a week, so I posted a couple surveys to LinkedIn, one in the ABMP group and the other in the AMTA group. The numbers from both groups are roughly comparable. Although they are hardly scientific, the results are interesting:
- 97% feel comfortable doing more than 11 hours per week
- The greatest number of respondents, about 40%, say they would be most comfortable doing 16 to 20 hours of massage per week
- 13% said they would be comfortable doing more than 26 hours of massage per week
So for most therapists, their income is definitely capped by the number of massages they can comfortably do each week. Also, given that most therapists only feel comfortable doing up to 20 hours of massage a week, the question must be asked: What can full time massage therapists do for supplemental income during the hours they are not doing massage each week?