I'm trying to get into another field and I'm considering massage therapy. I live in Los Angeles and need to find out which schools are respected in this field as I don't want to get ripped off by a scam school. What is the typical cost of tuition? Is this one of the fields that have been decimated by the recession? Also, can independent massage therapists make a good living or is it best to get a job at a massage therapy business? One school's website claims you can make $50-$80 per hour - if that's true I would think that there would be a mad rush to get into the field.
I'm concerned about the unsavory reputation of masseuses - a guy told me there are a lot of massage businesses in Los Angeles where the masseuses are expected to provide "happy endings." Is there much of a demand for legitimate female massage therapists? One school also offers classes in reiki and aromatherapy - would someone with training in all three areas be more in demand?
What is the down side to this field? I happened to talk briefly with a woman in the field and she said she is having problems with one of her thumbs as a result of giving massages and has had to modify the position of her hands. I know I've asked a lot of questions, but I will appreciate any responses even if only one question is answered. Thanks.