Massage therapists assess and treat the soft tissue of the body for therapeutic purposes.
To become a massage therapist you usually have to complete a VET qualification in massage therapy or remedial massage. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and obtain a National Police Certificate. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a massage therapist through a traineeship in Massage Therapy Practice or Remedial Massage. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Massage therapists may perform the following tasks:
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.
Massage therapists may be employed in health and fitness clinics, sports clubs, gyms, medical centres and multidisciplinary healthcare practices. They may also find employment with other healthcare practitioners such as chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths. Most massage therapists are self-employed or contract between clinics. There has been a recent increase in employment opportunities in hospitals, particularly in palliative care. An increase in demand for massage therapists is expected as chiropractors and physiotherapists utilise massage therapy to complement their treatments. The field of sports injury treatment and injury prevention is a growth area. There are also opportunities for massage therapists specialising in relaxation techniques to work at day spas, health retreats and holiday resorts.