Career Profile – Massage Therapist

nuclear massage therapistMassage therapists can specialize in over eighty different types of massage, called modalities.

Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, acupressure, sports massage, and neuromuscular massage are just a few of the many approaches to massage therapy.

Some massage therapists use exaggerated strokes ranging the length of a body part, while others use quick, percussion-like strokes with a cupped or closed hand. A massage can be as long as two hours or as short as five or ten minutes. Common responsibilities for massage therapists include:

  • Determining the best approach for each individual client
  • Custom massage service for clients
  • Developing relationships to secure new and repeat business

The outlook for jobs in the massage therapy field is very good. Interest in holistic medicine is rising as are health care costs for traditional treatments.

Certification is required in most states and education is offered by over 1500 institutions nationwide. Massage therapists can make anywhere from $10 to $40 per hour.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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