A private practice massage therapist job could be in the therapist's home office or a rented office space. The office space might be in a massage clinic, doctor's office, health club, or a hospital.
Therapists may choose to open a private practice office and be self-employed after several years of working in a spa and/or working for someone else.
If you choose to see a massage therapist in a private practice, these are a few things to expect:
A very quiet environment - sometimes a spa or salon can be loud, especially on a busy Saturday
Private practice can be a little intimidating. Walking into someone's home that you have never met before, or going into a office for the first time can feel strange, as most people hate going to the doctor anyway.
You may have questions like:
Although the therapist often makes more money in a private practice massage therapist job, you the client, should not expect to pay anymore than you would at a spa, in fact, it may be much less. Spas are not only charging for the cost of the therapist, but for the environment and spa atmosphere.
Health clubs usually have special massage therapy/spa prices for members, and then a higher price for non-members. Often services are limited at health clubs, as most clubs cater to members who often need deep tissue or sports massage.
This book, The Business of Massage Therapy: Building a Successful Career teaches the therapist about how to choose a massage job, but also how to choose a job based on what career path in massage therapy is most appealing to you.