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Breema® Bodywork Careers and Programs

Learn About Breema® Massage Schools and Careers

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The healing art of Breema® bodywork originated generations ago in the small Kurdish village of Breemava.

The Breema® approach focuses on the balance of energy within the mind and body, and connecting with our own natural vital energies to encourage wellness.

This is accomplished through a combination of nurturing touch, guided stretching, supported postures, and rhythmic movements.

Breema® bodywork is generally conducted in partnership with a practitioner who has undergone specialized training, sometimes in conjunction with more conventional massage training.

Career Overview

The practitioner is critically important in Breema® bodywork, which teaches that the patient can be most effectively helped by a practitioner who is truly present with them, and comfortable in his or her own body movements.

The practitioner guides the recipient through a series of exercises done fully clothed on a mat or padded floor.

These exercises utilize the Nine Principles of Harmony. “No Force” and “Body Comfortable” are two of these principles; practitioners do not push the recipient into position, but rather use more nurturing methods such as leaning, rocking, or cradling the recipient.

Changes in position are encouraged using natural body weight as the catalyst. Breema® bodywork may be conducted in group classes or through private sessions.

Training and Education

What You’ll Study in Breema® School

Besides teaching the underlying philosophies of Breema® bodywork, Breema® training also requires some study of anatomy and physiology. You’ll practice the techniques of Breema®, from basic exercises and sequences to more complex treatments, and learn how to both give and receive Breema® treatments.

Average Length of Breema® Bodywork Study

A Breema® Practitioner Certificate requires 165 hours of study. However, if you are pursuing Breema® training as part of a more comprehensive massage training program, you can expect most programs to range from 500 to 1,000 hours.

Breema® Bodywork Certification

If you plan to practice Breema® bodywork in a state that requires licensing of massage and bodywork practitioners, you may need a certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The NCBTMB credential requires at least 500 hours of training as well as passing a standardized exam.

Career Outlook

Although Breema® bodywork is one of the lesser-known healing arts, career opportunities are generally very good in the field of massage therapy.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 18.3% job growth rate for massage therapists through 2032, which is much faster than average for all jobs, as more and more people learn about the benefits of hands-on healing methods.

Breema® Salary

Earnings vary greatly in the bodywork field. Practitioners of Breema® bodywork generally charge individual patients between $40 and $100 a session; rates are usually lower for group classes.

With most massage therapists working 15 to 30 hours per week, those numbers can quickly add up. You can research massage therapist salaries by state below:

Massage Therapists

National data

Median Salary: $49,860

Projected job growth: 18.3%

10th Percentile: $29,040

25th Percentile: $39,080

75th Percentile: $67,300

90th Percentile: $90,530

Projected job growth: 18.3%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $25,670 $18,780 $56,460
Alaska $127,470 $41,710 $151,400
Arizona $49,920 $29,920 $93,010
Arkansas $38,440 $25,480 $51,800
California $58,920 $30,830 $100,830
Colorado $51,010 $28,640 $72,520
Connecticut $66,140 $33,650 $122,620
Delaware N/A N/A N/A
District of Columbia $50,500 $40,150 $76,340
Florida $46,720 $29,000 $74,130
Georgia $46,720 $19,310 $71,890
Hawaii $61,520 $23,120 $104,050
Idaho $57,220 $31,810 $75,730
Illinois $60,880 $34,370 $95,840
Indiana $49,930 $33,770 $80,470
Iowa $47,450 $31,980 $63,510
Kansas $47,090 $22,280 $68,560
Kentucky $47,110 $23,500 $81,110
Louisiana $35,580 $18,780 $70,300
Maine $44,930 $27,550 $95,250
Maryland $57,860 $35,980 $101,330
Massachusetts $49,740 $35,840 $92,870
Michigan $58,240 $31,410 $87,240
Minnesota $48,600 $43,540 $74,870
Mississippi $45,330 $30,850 $108,440
Missouri $28,730 $23,190 $68,990
Montana $52,260 $22,430 $95,970
Nebraska $55,990 $25,910 $83,000
Nevada $36,010 $18,520 $63,470
New Hampshire $62,400 $40,960 $75,690
New Jersey $48,250 $29,960 $71,190
New Mexico $41,510 $26,080 $67,600
New York $49,350 $34,250 $97,690
North Carolina $55,170 $32,470 $108,330
North Dakota $49,330 $29,500 $80,110
Ohio $47,140 $29,640 $74,060
Oklahoma $47,350 $26,240 $54,080
Oregon $77,080 $34,430 $93,600
Pennsylvania $58,940 $29,170 $95,800
South Carolina $44,500 $17,560 $65,060
South Dakota $41,500 $29,650 $69,540
Tennessee $49,010 $20,450 $65,450
Texas $48,100 $24,290 $76,280
Utah $51,100 $24,420 $83,550
Vermont $80,360 $27,590 $103,760
Virginia $52,870 $25,060 $83,010
Washington $76,290 $39,160 $99,960
West Virginia $48,550 $25,690 $76,130
Wisconsin $47,180 $19,110 $78,990
Wyoming $49,650 $31,150 $53,900

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2022 median salary; projected job growth through 2032. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Is a Breema® Career Right for You?

Unlike the physically demanding nature of many other forms of bodywork, the practitioner of Breema® bodywork is just as likely as the recipient to end a session feeling refreshed.

Bodywork practitioners with an interest in the Breema® approach should be open to the philosophy that healing is a matter of tapping into our own bodies’ vitality rather than merely “fixing a problem.”

Being comfortable with direct, prolonged, but gentle physical contact is also important. The ultimate benefits include physical and mental relaxation as well as increased flexibility, self-understanding and well-being.

Sources: MassageTherapy.com, NCBTMB, The Breema Center, The Breema Clinic, Yoga Journal.