OCCUPATION THESAURUS

MASSAGE THERAPIST



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A massage therapist will evaluate a client for injuries and then manipulate muscle and soft tissue to bring them relief from pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, alleviate stress and offer relaxation and overall wellness. They may specialize in a variety of modalities (Swedish, Hot Stone, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Sports massage, Pregnancy massage, etc.) and work in different environments such as spas, doctor's offices, sports clinics, hotels, chiropractic centers, and fitness centers. Some massage therapists build a practice where they work on location (coming to someone's home, office, or a hotel) bringing their own equipment, lotions, and oils. Others may run a massage salon from their own home.

Massage therapists need healthy stamina, strength, and dexterity as while some sessions may be short, most are often 60-90 minutes of applying pressure and resistance techniques using the hands, fingers, knuckles, forearms, arms, and elbows. They must also be good at communication to ensure they can properly assess a client's condition and diagnose what might be causing an injury so it can be treated effectively.

Once a treatment is finished the therapists will recommend follow up (stretches, exercises, posture adjustments, avoiding certain activities) and make further recommendations for managing symptoms or to see a doctor for further diagnosis.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Most therapists enter a post-secondary program that is part classroom study, part hands-on massage. Programs often require 500 hours of practice and have an exam. Additional time will be required to specialize in a modality. Certified therapists may require a license to practice depending on where they operate, pass a background check, and may need to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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