Massage Therapists can be registered or not. Education and job possibilities vary based on this. Registered Massage Therapists assess soft tissue and joints of the body and administer massage therapy to relieve pain and symptoms of stress or to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function. They may be trained in different techniques to do this and they may consult with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians and psychologists to develop treatment plans for clients. They can be employed in multidisciplinary clinics, spas, resorts, and are often self-employed business owners. They might also be known as Complimentary Medicine Practitioner, Masseur/Masseuse, or Therapist. Before choosing a training program, it is adviseable to discuss education options with people who already work in this field.
Massage therapy is within the complimentary health field which includes modalities or interventions used to address clients’ health needs across the continuum of health care, but are not generally considered part of “mainstream” health care practice. “Complementary” practices are used alongside mainstream health care. Various other career options exist within this field and warrant further research if interested in health therapy practices. For examples of careers in complementary, natural or alternative medicine, one site to check out is http://www.nhpcanada.org.
- should enjoy helping people, and developing and implementing treatment plan
- have excellent listening skills
- good communication and time management skills
- good general health and posture
- comfortable sharing personal space for extended periods of time
- interested in wellness issues
- able to work in a standing position for long periods of time and use the body as a tool in administering massage therapy
- critical thinking skills
- friendly, outgoing personality and caring attitude
- willing to commit to ongoing professional development
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