The job of a massage therapist requires the ability to sooth and relax the clients as well as relive any physical aches and pains. The therapist must be able to confer with clients and gain an understanding of the their stresses, pains, and medical history. They must be capable of developing and carrying out a treatment plan that is unique and specifically tailored to each client’s needs. A massage therapist must be able to massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of various locations on the human body in order to relieve tension and pain as well as provide relief for injuries and medical conditions. Additionally, the therapist must feel comfortable and knowledgeable enough in their craft to be able to instruct their clients about techniques for proper postural improvement and stretching as well as strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitation of various muscles and tendons.
A massage therapist is often employed by a spa or clinic, but many therapists have also set up private businesses themselves. Their work is both physical and mental, as they must be able to interact and remember client details and practices as well as possess the physical strength necessary to carry out various massage techniques. While a massage therapist may work in tandem with other individuals, their work is typically completed solo. They need only to report to the manager of the spa or clinic or, in the case of a self-employed business, to no one. While education of the human body and anatomy is typically recommended, it is not a requirement. Additionally, while there are schools and classes one may take to become certified in massage therapy, should the instructor feel comfortable with being self-taught, he or she may simply apply for a therapist license right away.
Massage Therapist Tasks
- Massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the human body to treat medical conditions, injuries or wellness maintenance.
- Develop and propose client treatment plan.
- Instruct clients about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
- Confer with clients about problems with stress, pain and their medical history to determine whether massage would be helpful.
- Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress records.