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Massage Therapist Job Description

A massage therapist is person who is trained to manipulate the soft tissues of the body by rubbing, stroking or kneading for the purpose of de-stressing or healing the body. Many massage therapists specialize in a particular type of massage such as swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, thai, back, hot stone, neuromuscular, aromatherapy, reflexology, sports, or pregnancy massage.

A massage therapist should be level-headed, sensitive, friendly, caring and helpful, and have strong hands, stamina, and the ability to listen and relate to their clients. They should have knowledge of the surface anatomy of the body and common body diseases. They should also have business management skills to manage their massage business.

What does a Massage Therapist do?

Massage therapists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Massage therapists may work normal business hours or irregular hours to fit in with their clients’ schedules. They work in massage clinics, fitness centers, spas and resorts, sport teams, and cruise ships. They may travel to their clients’ locations for work or work at home.

What is Required to Become a Massage Therapist?

To become a massage therapist, you will need to complete a massage therapy program in a massage therapy school or an apprenticeship with a skilled massage therapist.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Massage therapists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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