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Career Tracks: Massage Therapy

Massage Therapists are health care professionals who are prepared to address specific health issues and work in conjunction with other ealth professionals.

Massage Therapy addresses dysfunction injury and chronic pain associated with soft tissue.  At the same time a therapist can provide luxurious relaxing sessions and competent stress management.

Massage Therapists must have good communication skills, have compassion for people, and have the highest of ethical and moral values.

Duties:

Therapists may be called on to provide:

  • Swedish-a gently relaxing massage

  • Pressure Point Therapy-for specific diseases or injuries

  • Sports Massage-with a focus on specific muscle groups
     

Massage may be prescribed for a wide range of medical conditions including:

  • Allergies

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Chronic and Temporary Pain

  • Circulatory Problems

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Headache

  • Insomnia

  • Reduced Range of Motion

  • Sports Injuries

  • Stress

  • Temporalmandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
     

Working Conditions:

  • Work in a quiet relaxed atmosphere

  • Potential to create own work schedule
     

Employment:

A wide range of employment opportunities are available including:

  • Healthcare settings, including medical and rehabilitation centers

  • Hospitals

  • Chiropractic offices

  • Physician offices

  • Health spas

  • Hotels

  • Fitness Centers

  • Tourists Destinations

  • Cruise Ships
     

Physical Demands:

  • Active - predominately standing

  • Manual dexterity

  • Hand/eye coordination, accurate swift movements

  • Use of both hands for extended period of time
     

Characteristics & Temperament

  • Ability to work with people

  • Good communication skills

  • Good listening skills

  • Good social skills

  • Manual/finger dexterity

  • People person

  • Self discipline

  • Team player

  • Honesty/trustworthy

  • High ethical and moral standards
     

Employment Outlook

Therapists can expect the following developments:

  • 89% placement rate for 2010-2012 graduates

  • full- or part-time available

  • employment in cities and towns of all sizes
     

Employers

Recent therapists have found work at: