Baltimore is the largest city of Maryland and also has the distinction of being a major seaport. It is a major cultural and industrial center. Starting a massage therapy business can be a good idea because people tired of the stressful atmosphere seek measures to stay calm and relax and are in search of masseurs to help them. Masseurs are also helpful in alleviating several ailments. Masseurs use techniques such as stroking, kneading, tapping, vibration, stretching, compression and friction with or without hot pads and packs or cold water. It is said to help improve circulation, relieving pains and reducing stress, and improve health.
Tips for Starting a Massage Therapy Business: You have to carefully analyze if you have an aptitude for running a massage therapy business. Research can be done to find out all you can about the business and the licenses and permits that may be required to begin operations legally in Baltimore. You will be required to have a certificate from the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners before you can practice massage therapy in Baltimore. An application fee of $100, certification fee of $200, State examination fee of $275 and a Biennial renewal fee of $200 are charged by the board.
Certain criteria have to be satisfied by those who seek a certificate from the boards, such as a minimum of 500 hours of classroom training from a reputed institution. It should include anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology, massage therapy theory, technique, supervised practice, professional ethics, professional standards, business practices, health, hygiene, and contraindications of massage. They have to have received passing grades in the Maryland Message Therapy Jurisprudence Examinations and the NCBTMB examination.
You could give your business a legal structure, get adequate insurance coverage from a reputed provider and make a catchy and attractive name for your business. Select an appropriate location, making sure the zoning laws are not violated. List the equipment that may be needed as well as the materials and buy them after comparing prices. Hire the necessary staff, such as a customer service executive to deal with clients and for booking appointments. Make sure the staff is aware of all the services you will provide and the rates you will charge and ensure that they treat customers in an acceptable fashion.
Advertising and marketing have to be done carefully so as not to violate any applicable laws that govern the methods of advertising. Make sure that you are ethical and committed to helping people and don’t abuse the certificate and the rights given to you on account of the certificate. A person who is skilled and indeed helps those who seek his services will definitely have no dearth of clients on account of word-of-mouth publicity.
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