Massage Therapist


Massage therapists assess and treat the soft tissue of the body for therapeutic purposes.

Duties & Tasks

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.

Working Conditions

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.

Personal Requirements

  • physical and mental stamina
  • manual coordination, dexterity and sensitivity
  • patience and concern for people
  • a responsible and mature attitude.

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