The most popular massage therapist in India earns a salary of Rs 2.50 crore a year, according to the latest data released by the Indian government.
However, the data released on Wednesday by the National Commission for Protection of Women (NCWP) reveals that the salaries of massage therapists are actually less than the salaries earned by Indian doctors and other professionals.
According to the NCWP, the salaries paid to massage therapists in the Indian economy are on par with those of private sector employees.
However there are a number of issues that need to be addressed when it comes to a person’s salary, says Shashi Kapoor, the NCW’s secretary-general.
For instance, the wages paid to private sector workers are much higher than the wages that a massage therapist earns, he said.
In fact, the average salary for a massage therapy practitioner in India is only around Rs 6,000, which is significantly less than that of an Indian doctor, the Indian Express newspaper reported.
This is because a massage therapists salary is determined by the amount of time spent on each patient, not the type of treatment being performed, said Kapoor.
The NCWP has also suggested that the government should make the salaries for massage therapists equal to those of Indian doctors.
This could be done by making the salaries based on the quality of the treatments being offered, instead of the type, he added.
Kapoor said that the Indian medical profession was also not being adequately protected from the threats posed by massage therapists, and the lack of protection from the threat posed by their practices was leading to unnecessary deaths and injuries.
“The Indian government should ensure that a woman’s right to health is protected, and this should include protecting her from the misuse of massage therapy,” he said, adding that the medical profession must take steps to prevent the misuse and abuse of massage therapies.