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Details for Massage Therapists


Massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.


  • Confer with clients about their medical histories and any problems with stress and/or pain in order to determine whether massage would be helpful.
  • Apply finger and hand pressure to specific points of the body.
  • Massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the human body in order to provide courses of treatment for medical conditions and injuries or wellness maintenance.
  • Maintain treatment records.
  • Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement, and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
  • Assess clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion.
  • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used.
  • Refer clients to other types of therapists when necessary.
  • Use complementary aids, such as infrared lamps, wet compresses, ice, and whirlpool baths in order to promote clients' recovery, relaxation and well-being.
  • Treat clients in own offices, or travel to clients' offices and homes.
  • Consult with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians and psychologists in order to develop treatment plans for clients.
  • Prepare and blend oils, and apply the blends to clients' skin.


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