Massage therapists help to relieve stress in the body by pressing down, rubbing and manipulating the soft tissue in the body. By massaging tight muscles the tension stored there can be relieved, as well as the pain. As a trained massage therapist your skills would not only be used to help people relax, but to treat sports injuries and help relieve the pain and discomfort that comes along for people who have long-term medical conditions. Another part of this job has to do with listening to the health and/or emotional issues clients are dealing with and empathising with their situation. If you have an interest in providing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and enjoy offering people who are stressed out and in pain a healing touch, this could be a great career choice for you.
• You will be fully qualified to Diploma standard in just 10 days
• You can join a Professional Organisation
• You will be able to have full Indemnity Insurance
As a professional massage therapist, you would begin your session with a client by checking their medical history, their eating habits and general lifestyle. Next you would devise a treatment plan that would involve applying pressure with your hands to the areas of the body that are holding tension in order to provide relief. To help ease friction and make the massage more comfortable you would probably use powder or oil on the skin.
Among your clients you will have people who are looking to heal both physically and emotionally. These may be people dealing with an illness or just recovering from one and seeking stress relief, people who suffer from anxiety and/or depression, and those who are trying to find ways to relax. Massage therapy has many different specialties so you could choose to be trained as a specialist in areas such as:
Involves treating people recovering from various sports injuries. These could be broken bones, torn ligaments and/or sprains.
By using certain techniques and oils you would relax the tension in the shoulders, neck, head and even face.
This technique is used to calm babies and to promote the bonding process between parent and baby.
This is a whole body massage with special emphasis on the back and limbs.
After a session with a client it is routine for the massage therapist to advise their client on how best to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing.
Massage therapists are most often self-employed, which means you would set your own schedule of working hours. To accommodate your clients you may have to work evenings and weekends. Many work out of their home, some in clinics offering alternative therapies, and some in hospitals or GP surgery centres. Having a driving license is very helpful since you may end up working in several different locations, as well as in the homes of clients. Sessions usually last from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the needs of your client. The treatment would be performed on a specialised massage table in a quiet and peaceful room.
Since most massage therapists do work for themselves they set their own rates, either per session or hourly. Depending on the location where you’re working and the specific kind of massage being given, you could charge clients from £25 to £60 per hour.
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