Profession massage therapist

Massage therapists provide physical therapeutic massage treatments to patients in circumstances where functional movement is threatened by injury, disease or impairment. Therapies are usually provided as per rehabilitative plans established by a physiotherapist or other health professional.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Social
  • Social / Realistic

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  • Recreational therapist
  • Remedial gymnast
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Therapist or health professional, all other

Knowledge

  • Musculoskeletal anatomy

    The human musculoskeletal system, comprising of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together. The human musculoskeletal system's primary functions, such as supporting the body, allowing motion, and protecting vital organs.

  • Massage theory

    Principles of holistic therapeutic body massage, the application of massage techniques and the appropriate body posture, massage sequences and different mediums, massage benefits and contraindications.

  • Skin types

    The different skin types, such as dry, normal, oily, and sensitive.

  • Contraindications

    The condition under which a normally beneficial treatment can be harmful and have a counterproductive effect on a person's health.

  • Massage types

    Techniques used and types of massage therapies such as shiatsu, deep tissue massage, Swedish, hot stone and Thai massage.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

Skills

  • Apply hygiene and safety regulations

    Pursue optimal safety, health and hygiene circumstances, taking into account local regulations and personal requirements. Manage waste disposal according to local laws and regulations.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Maintain personal hygiene standards

    Preserve impeccable personal hygiene standards and have a tidy appearance.

  • Discuss the medical history of the healthcare user

    Ask the healthcare user about his medical condition and physical well-being and the desired results to be achieved through the suggested therapy and follow the prescribed treatment.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Manage healthcare users' data

    Keep accurate client records which also satisfy legal and professional standards and ethical obligations in order to facilitate client management, ensuring that all clients' data (including verbal, written and electronic) are treated confidentially.

  • Develop personalised massage plan

    Determine the massage treatment to be applied based on the medical diagnosis, the prescription plan, and according to the condition of the patient.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Communicate with customers

    Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.

  • Maintain privacy of service users

    Respect and maintain the dignity and privacy of the client, protecting his or her confidential information and clearly explaining policies about confidentiality to the client and other parties involved.

  • Apply massage therapy

    Apply massage therapy to relieve patient's pain by using various specialised techniques.

  • Give massages

    Provide clients with head, hand, neck, facial or full body massages.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

Optional knowledge and skills

energy therapy apply deep tissue massage perform facial treatment kinetics administrative tasks in a medical environment human physiology health care system liaise with industry experts fasciatherapy process payments order supplies maintain equipment cosmetics manage a small-to-medium business show entrepreneurial spirit reiki apply aromatherapy manual lymphatic drainage massage reflexology cosmetic manicure balneotherapy administer appointments pathology phytotherapy sport and exercise medicine comply with legislation related to health care provide individual exercise programmes hydrotherapy apply acupuncture develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship ensure proper appointment administration apply thermotherapy electrotherapy process medical insurance claims apply sports massage shiatsu conduct pregnancy massages administer hydrotherapy tai chi rehabilitation cosmetic pedicure maintain professional administration health care legislation pluck hair etiopathy use hair removal lasers

Common job titles

  • Massage therapist
  • Medical massage therapist
  • Massage therapist new york rangers
  • Massage therapists & receptionists
  • Massage therapist - independent contractor
  • Licensed massage therapist
  • Chiropractic assistant/therapist