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Massage Therapist

Career Highlights

  • Help relieve stress
  • Assist with lower back pain, and other health problems
  • Pursue ongoing training to increase your skill set
  • Build a loyal client base

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Career Summary

Massage TherapyMassage Therapy is one of the oldest known healing arts. Chinese records show the art form dates back 3,000 years, while the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians also applied forms of massage for many disorders. Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, wrote papers recommending the benefits of massage and the friction of movement for joint and circulatory problems.

Today, the benefits of massage are still valuable techniques that continue to relieve many aliments. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, diabetes and depression. Massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday working and living that can lead to disease and illness.

Every day, more traditional health care professionals throughout the world recognize that therapeutic massage can play an important role in treating illness and chronic ailments. With continued research on the effects of massage, more professionals are advising patients to include therapeutic massage in their health care treatment plans. Physicians, chiropractors and physiotherapists are recommending more patients receive massages for certain health conditions, while many employers and health insurance plans support the use of registered massage therapists.

Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Massage has come a long way from its ancient modest beginnings and has proved it�s value on scientific and therapeutic grounds to bring about the healing image it has today. The popularity of massage can be accredited to the highly stressful conditions of modern living and various �side effects� of Western medicines. People are now increasingly looking for holistic and natural healthcare methods for their health problems. It is in this context that Massage Therapy has emerged as one of the most popular forms of health activity of our times.




Massage therapy is steadily gaining popularity both as a means of relaxation and as an alternative solution to a variety of physical and mental health problems. Finding employment in health spas and fitness clubs, as well as in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and even in office buildings, massage therapists are slowly becoming a permanent fixture in the field of health care.

As more applications for massage are discovered, the required education gets more diverse and holistic. The average curriculum for a massage therapy programs covers many different areas of health and science. You can expect to study in areas such as:

  • Anatomy (the study of the human body)
  • Physiology (the study of functions and vital processes of organs and their systems)
  • Kinesiology (the study of movement)
  • Pathology (the study of disease)
  • Massage techniques and modalities
  • Assessment (the study of regional orthopedic tests for client evaluation)
  • Nutrition
  • Business

Many schools offer supervised clinics, which are available to the general public, as this allows students the opportunity to work on a variety of clients and conditions.

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Career Skills

  • Identify and define practices and specific techniques
  • Acupressure
  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping
  • Pressing

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