Massage Therapy

Clinical Massage Therapy Program

FACTS & Information


Massage Therapist Standards

A Massage Therapist must be able to display certain standards in order to enjoy longevity in the profession of massage and bodywork:

  1.  Interpersonal abilities with clients
  2. Communicate effectively verbally and/or in written form
  3. Critical Thinking skills
  4. Physically Able
  5. Gross and fine motor skills
  6. Auditory and Visual abilities
  7. Professional Judgment
  8. Cognitive and perceptual skills

A Massage Therapist Is

A Massage Therapist is a person who treats clients, by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, and reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

Massage therapists daily responsibilities include:

  • Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals.
  • Evaluate clients to determine focus areas for treatment.
  • Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body.
  • Provide clients with education on how to improve posture, stretching, strengthening, and overall well-being.

Massage therapists use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissue of the body, to treat injuries and to promote general wellness.

A massage can be as short as 5–10 minutes or could last more than an hour.

Therapists also may use lotions and oils, massage tables or chairs, when treating clients. Massage therapists may offer clients information about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions.

Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many modalities of massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques.

Usually, the type of massage given depends on the client’s needs, medical history, and physical condition. For example, therapists may use a special technique for elderly clients, athletes, pregnant women, and children.

Work Setting

Today, therapeutic massage is employed throughout the healthcare system – in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and private clinics, for patients ranging from premature infants to the elderly. Many hospices have massage therapists on staff, and massage frequently is offered in wellness centers, drug treatment programs, and pain clinics.

50% of all Massage Therapists earn income working in another profession.

Massage Therapist often earn income working in another profession


Complimentary Professions


Registered Nurses Physical Therapist/Assistant/Aide
Wellness Coaches Personal Trainers
CNA Health Educators
Dancers Kinesiologist
Recreational Therapists Activities Coordinator
Social Workers Licensed Therapist/Counselor
Chiropractors Mid-wife/Doula
Estheticians Hairdressers