I honestly think it is important to say, if you have to get to work and pay the bills, and don't have the luxury of worrying about this, your fear will be decreased by leaps and bounds.
Both a spa and clinic need to know if the people they will hire can actually do the work, feel competent about it and will most likely stick around. So when it feels vaguely cold to you that they have these specific requirements of a person who knows Swedish or Deep Tissue work, you have to recognize that they are hiring a person and plan to pay them for the work they will perform. If you look at them and say, "Well, I don't feel qualified.", you're just not going to get the job. When someone has to eat, they start to feel qualified
rather they are or aren't, real quick.
It sounds like you are eager to work but don't have to. So, you are just going to be on a different playing field than a lot of us were when we got out of school. That may sound cruel, but it is more factual as far as my personal life was concerned.
When I got out of massage school, it was an auxillary education to one I already had in another health-care field (which I had already been in for about 6 years
), so I already had the confidence. I am lucky in that aspect.
My story is long, so I won't bore you with the details, but when I took my first massage job, I can say I worked way too fast and tried to cover much more for each client than should be covered in a normal session. I eventually learned you can't take care of everything in one massage. I was using every body I could get my hands on to tweak and refine my work. I would practice a niggle here and there when the body allowed, in order to test things and see how the client reacted.
If you have the time to take now, so that you can learn things you would like before jumping into the world of massage work, then that is wonderful! I didn't have any time to take before getting into my initial or auxillary professions. I had bills to pay and had to eat. My desire was to set up my private practice. I worked my rear off at part time jobs in the day and established an office at night. I also worked late nights for someone else in addition to all of this. I worked backward of most people do, slowly dropping a job here and there until I could be in my private practice for regular business hours. It took everything I had (and then some
) when it comes to my stamina and fortitude, in order to eventually have an ofice that I could be in throughout the day. Only about three years ago did I finally get to a point where I didn't have to work for other people in addition to my own practice, in order to pay the bills. And, when I say pay the bills, I mean no retirement fund, no 401K... just "pay the bills" and have a little left over to eat out here and there with a small vacation once every 7 or so years.
I am not trying to sound harsh, but I want you to know that I got out of my original heath-care related school in 1992. I set up private practice in 1996. I got my auxillary massage license (which is the majority of my private practice
) in 1998-ish and now it is 2011. It may be hard, but you can do it. I love my work. I do it different than other people. It works for me. Find what you like and make it work for you.
You'll do fine. But if you have time to worry about it, you'll probably never jump in. So, get to jumping. This forum is a great resource and we'll help you in any way possible. I hope this was encouraging, even though it has a bleak tone to it.
07/30/11: correction: 2008! ='d 1998.