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Careers in Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a popular and growing field, and it is an excellent career choice for those who have strong communication skills and manual dexterity.

As a massage therapist, you will work in a variety of settings, including client's homes, doctor's offices, massage therapist offices, corporate settings, hotels, resorts, and spas. You will be responsible for applying massage techniques to clients, conferring with them to determine their needs, enacting a plan to meet those needs, assessing their progress, and maintaining client records. If you run your own practice, there will also be administrative functions such as scheduling clients, advertising/marketing, and laundry to have clean linens to work with. Many massage therapists also find a specialty practice working with athletes, dancers, children, the elderly, those with cancer, Alzheimers, burns, and many more specific populations. Massage therapy can be taken to whatever setting an individual therapist has a soft place in their heart for - this is when a job becomes a calling.  

In order to produce positive health outcomes for patients, you must have a strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology and be able to effectively communicate with your clients.  

Massage Therapy Career Profiles

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Last Updated: 4/8/24