Private practice. Spa. Clinic. Franchise. Chiropractic office. Onsite. Health club. Hospital. There are nearly as many places a massage therapist might practice, as there are types of hands-on techniques.

A recent report shows that massage schools often provide education for specific work settings.

More schools now than in 2009 offer classes geared toward employment in specific locales, according to the 2010 AMTA School Survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association.

The following statistics show the percent of schools offering training in a specific locale vs. the percent that did so in 2009:

• Sole practitioners: 89 percent in 2010 vs. 84 percent in 2009

• Medical locations, including hospitals, and chiropractic offices: 83 percent vs. 74 percent in 2009.

• Spas: 73 percent vs. 63 percent in 2009.

• Health clubs: 63 percent vs. 44 percent in 2009.

• National franchises: 56 percent vs. 35 percent in 2009.

Six percent of schools offer no classes geared toward employment in a specific work setting, compared to 11 percent in 2009.

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