Massage Therapists

Human Services > Personal Care Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

24200+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

Common job titles of Massage Therapists include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 56.67% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 20% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks

    Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.

    Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitative exercises.

    Treat clients in professional settings or travel to clients' offices and homes.

    Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.

    Confer with clients about their medical histories and problems with stress or pain to determine how massage will be most helpful.

    Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance.

    Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.

    Maintain treatment records.

    Prepare and blend oils and apply the blends to clients' skin.

    Perform other adjunctive therapies or treatment techniques in addition to massage.

    Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths to promote clients' recovery, relaxation, and well-being.

    Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.

    Consult with other health care professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists, to develop treatment plans for clients.

Tools

Treatment tables

Steam cabinets

Portable massage tables

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Mechanical vibrating massage devices

Massage stools

All Tools

Massage stone sets

Massage chairs

Hydrotherapy equipment

Hot packs

Heat lamps

Desktop computers

Cupping sets

Cold packs

Bolsters

Body lotions

Bath robes

Technologies

AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Manager

ICS Software SammyUSA

Land Software Customer Pro-File

Massage Suite

Scheduling software

Spreadsheet software

WinCity Custom Software WinCity Massage SOAP Notes

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities

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Knowledge

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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