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Massage therapist

Massage therapists manipulate clients' muscles and soft tissues, treat sports injuries, and give relief to people with health issues.

Potential salary
variable
Working hours
37 to 39 variable
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

A typical session will include:

  • checking the client's medical history, diet and lifestyle
  • identifying the client's reasons for wanting massage therapy
  • planning a course of treatment
  • applying pressure to areas of the body
  • giving advice to clients about their wellbeing
  • referring clients to medical professionals

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a hospice, from home, at a GP practice, at a health spa, in an NHS or private hospital or in a therapy clinic.

With experience you could build up and maintain a reputation and client base, and set up your own business.

You could also train in other complementary therapies like aromatherapy, reiki or reflexology.

Data from National Careers Service.
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