Massage therapists assess and treat the soft tissue of the body for therapeutic purposes.
Massage therapists may perform the following tasks:
- take a case history and assess the client's physical condition
- massage the soft tissues of the human body, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, to assist healing
- assess and treat specific injuries and other soft tissue dysfunction, and provide rehabilitation advice
- administer treatments to promote relaxation, improve blood circulation and relieve muscle tension
- use a range of techniques to enhance sports performance and prevent injury
- provide advice about stretching exercises and relaxation techniques.
Massage therapists may specialise in one or more of the following techniques:
- Remedial Massage - assists in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.
- Therapeutic or Relaxation Massage - promotes wellbeing, improves sleep and treats anxiety and tension.
- Sports Massage - treats and prevents injuries, improves recovery and increases flexibility and endurance.
- Structural Bodywork - addresses injuries and dysfunction caused by postural and biomechanical strain.
- Oncology, Palliative Care and Geriatric Massage - supports the primary care of patients with chronic illnesses, such as cancer.
- Pregnancy and Paediatric Massage - supports the primary care of pregnant women and infants.
Massage therapists spend a lot of time standing. Although the work is physically demanding, it requires stamina rather than strength.
They employ a range of techniques and complementary aids, such as heat and cold packs, tape and essential oils.
- physical and mental stamina
- manual coordination, dexterity and sensitivity
- patience and concern for people
- a responsible and mature attitude.
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