Massage therapist is a person who treats his/her clients by making use of touch for manipulating the soft tissue muscles of the client’s body. With their touches, the massage therapists across the globe are:
Help rehabilitating injuries
Aiding in the general wellbeing of the clients
The work environment of the massage therapists would range from private and public settings like:
Physician’s offices and clinics
Sports teams and other events
Most of the massage therapists, particularly those who are self-employed, will provide their own:
As a massage therapist, you will have to perform the following tasks:
Speaking with your clients about:
Evaluating your clients for the purpose of locating painful/tensed areas of the body
Manipulating muscles and any other soft tissues of the client’s body
Providing your clients with the needed guidance on the following aspects:
How to improve the posture
Documenting your clients’ condition as well as progress
How to Become a Massage Therapist?
Most typically, massage therapists would complete a post-secondary educational program which includes a minimum of 500 hours of study. However, the standards and/or requirements would vary from one state to another.
In order to get enrolled in a post-secondary educational program, you must hold a high school diploma or any equivalent degree. And, these post-secondary programs would cover subjects like:
Kinesiology – study of motion and body mechanics
Licensing and Certification:
In the United States, in those states which have massage therapy regulations, the candidates must obtain a license or certification after having graduated from an approved program but prior start practicing as a massage therapist. This would require you to pass either a state exam or any of the two nationally recognized exams, which are:
Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
As a massage therapist, you must also pass a background check and become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Job Outlook and Opportunities:
The number of massage therapist jobs in the year 2012 was found to be 132,800. The job opportunities for massage therapists are estimated to increase by 23% from the year 2012 to 2022. This rate is much faster than the median for all the occupations.
According to the ‘Bureau of Labor Statistics’ of the ‘United States Department of Labor’, the median annual pay for a massage therapist was found to be $35,970 per year in May 2012 which equals to the hourly pay of $17.29.