Certified massage therapists commonly work in spas and medical clinics and apply kneading techniques to the body to relax muscles, relieve pain, and help clients heal from injuries, if applicable. They may also do freelance work and travel from one home or location to another.
To become a massage therapist, physical strength is necessary to apply adequate pressure and perform repetitive motions with the hands, and they must also be able to stand for long periods of time and be familiar with many modalities of massage. Different techniques may be applied according to the clients' needs and the progress being made, and their personal preferences must also be taken into consideration to determine the appropriate techniques. It may also be necessary to work with medical professionals to develop effective plans for clients.
Interpersonal skills are important in this position, as this job requires working directly with patients, and consultations may also be provided to discuss what types of exercises and activities can be done at home between sessions. In many cases, CMTs also engage in self-marketing to gain clients and keep current clients for the future. Certification is usually obtained by attending a massage therapy school, applying for certification, and passing a test.
Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) Tasks
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.
Instruct clients about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
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.