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Purpose and Mission
Massage therapists are trained healthcare professionals who use massage and other techniques on clients for health, fitness, and therapeutic purposes. These professionals learn how to deliver a range of different massage and physical manipulation modalities to deliver maximum benefits for clients with specific requests.
Many massage therapists are self-employed and work out of their home or travel to clients, so this group does not have a direct supervisor. Those who work as employees at hospitals, clinics, and spas report to a variety of middle management, ranging from doctors to clinic administrators to spa owners.
While some senior or more experienced massage therapists might have responsibilities relating to mentoring or training colleagues who are new to the profession, most massage therapists have few supervisory responsibilities.
You can qualify to become a massage therapist in Australia by earning one of two qualifying certifications: a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy or a Diploma in Remedial Massage. Note that regulations regarding qualifications for massage therapists are promulgated on the state and local level.
Responsibilities of a Massage Therapist
A massage therapist delivers a wide variety of therapeutic massage techniques to clients, and also typically provides a range of spa and body treatments to promote relaxation, health, fitness. Massage therapists also perform massages and physical manipulations for remedial purposes (aka physical therapy).
Typical responsibilities of a massage therapist include:
Common career specialties for massage therapists include: