Licensed massage therapists performs body work on the muscles and soft tissues of a client with the goal of relieving stress, fatigue and pain in the client's body. Many massage therapists work in spas, massage centers or in a private practice. Those who work with repeat clients go over the client's medical history and propose a plan of treatment based on this initial conference. Through their work together, they educate their clients on stretching, rehabilitative exercises and other helpful body work techniques. They also maintain a detailed treatment and progress report of the client.
Licensed massage therapists are required to undergo required training (usually at an institute or specialized school). When they complete their training, they must pass a licensing exam which they are only able to keep through continuing education and training as well as adherence to regulatory guidelines. Licensed massage therapists must also be customer-oriented and must observe health and hygiene guidelines. Many are trained in Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques. Skill and familiarity with other body modalities such as reflexology, Reiki, acupressure, and hot stone, sports therapy, prenatal massage is also a big advantage. Licensed massage therapists' hours are largely dependent on client appointments.
Licensed 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.