Who doesn’t remember the “what do I do now?” confusion upon leaving high school? College or waitressing? Mechanic or world traveler? A national massage association is helping take some of the guesswork out of career choice for young people by promoting massage to high school career counselors.

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) expanded its relations with the American School Counselor Association as an active participant in the organization’s annual conference last weekend in Boston, Massachusetts.

AMTA was invited to the conference to present information to high school counselors about how someone trains to become a massage therapist and answer questions about what high school students need to know to plan for a massage-therapy career.

For many years, the association has provided the counselor association with massage-therapy career information for its publications.

“This was a great opportunity for AMTA representatives to meet with high school counselors and let them know how and where to find information for students who are interested in massage therapy as a career,” says AMTA President Kathleen Miller-Read, in an AMTA press release. “We helped the counselors understand how to guide their students both on what massage-therapy practice is like and how to find the AMTA massage-school member that best matches their career goals.”

More than 1,700 high school counselors attended the conference.