U.S. News and World Report cites Labor Department estimates that massage therapy jobs will grow by almost 20 percent between now and 2018. The ever-expanding field of massage therapy awaits trained therapists to work in a spa, with other health professionals, or in private practice.

To help fill the growing demand, Downeast School of Massage, 99 Moose Meadow Lane, is holding a free open house at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, for anyone considering a career in massage therapy.

Participants will receive application packets and be introduced to the many opportunities in the massage therapy profession and to the competency-based curriculum that Downeast School of Massage offers in its upcoming September program.

The event will include a tour of classrooms, library, hydrotherapy department with spa and sauna, and the DSM store. Refreshments will be served in the student lounge. Tuition financing is available and the many financing choices will be discussed.

The oldest massage school in Maine, Downeast School of Massage has been in business more than 36 years and its experienced faculty offers a curriculum of over 600 hours. Completion of the Maine state-approved program allows students to apply for licensure for massage therapy in the state of Maine without further testing.

DSM's 10-month and two-year body/mind-centered programs include extensive instruction in anatomy, physiology, pathology, massage, student clinic, kinesiology, hydrotherapy, introduction to reflexology, pre- and post-event sports massage, deep tissue courses, and related subjects. Student supplies will include the school’s DVD, "A Gift of Touch," and Director Nancy Dail’s book, "Kinesiology for Manual Therapies," published in January 2011.

The school is located on 100 acres at 99 Moose Meadow Lane off Route 220 North (Washington Road). Interested individuals should call 832-5531 or email downeastmassage@gmail.com for more information, a catalog, or to sign up for the open house. More information is available and a catalog can also be downloaded at downeastschoolofmassage.net.