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Massage Therapist Overview

Massage therapists have the magic touch. They’re trained to find out where clients are experiencing pain, and to relieve the discomfort. 

The massage therapist role involves manipulating soft tissues and joints to improve health problems or to take you the next level of relaxation. Massage therapists can work at spas, resorts, fitness centers, and medical treatment centers.

Responsibilities

  • Consult with clients. Talk to your clients about their needs and any pain they experience, then share a personalized plan to relieve discomfort in those problem areas.
  • Perform body treatments. Work out that tough knot or alleviate some back pain. Giving a great massage is the most important part of the job.
  • Track physical progress. Even if you’re not working on a client with a health condition, massage therapists should be able to measure the effects of therapy and talk to their clients about it.
  • Keep steady clientele. You’re expected to be friendly and responsive with clients, demonstrate new products or treatments, and make them want to see you regularly.

Skills

  • Massage therapy techniques. Most spas offer different types of massages, so you should be effective in as many as possible, including deep tissue, stone, Swedish, and sports massage. You’ll need to be familiar with more techniques in a healthcare setting.
  • Physical fitness. Massage therapists use their bodies to massage, stand for long periods of time, and often to perform repetitive motions. Keeping in top physical condition ensures that they can do their job well.
  • Customer service. People who come in for a massage want to feel relaxed and comfortable, so be polite and courteous.

Experience

Most employers look for a year of experience, a state license to practice massage therapy and depending on the workplace, extra training in CPR, prenatal massage, or reflexology. School training programs are set-up to get you qualified to practice in a whole range of settings, and once you’re licensed, you can also work for yourself.

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