Massage therapists are professionals who use their touch to manipulate muscles and other soft tissues in the body to help alleviate pain, heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and promote general well-being. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide treatments and discuss with clients what type of massage they want, including the areas to focus on, the level of pressure, and special services. Massage therapists must be strong and able to exert pressure through a variety of arm and hand movements when manipulating a client's muscles. They work in wellness environments such as spas, franchises, fitness centers, resorts, and self-employment.
Most massage therapy programs are designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and experience they need to qualify for employment as soon as possible. The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills, knows well the different types of massages and massage techniques, and is attentive to the needs and physical condition of each client.