Massage Therapist Career Traits
Massage is in increasing use as a therapy for a wide range of conditions. If massage therapy interests you as a career, you may wish to consider the personal qualities you will need to succeed.
The personal touch
Massage therapy is literally a “hands-on” profession. It is central to the practice of massage that the masseur applies their hands to the client’s body. This means that the client has to feel very comfortable with the skills and integrity of the therapist. If you aspire to work in massage therapy, then you will need to combine a range of knowledge and massage skills with the ability to inspire confidence in your clients. If people are going to let you stroke, rub, and press them when they are in a state of partial undress, they have to trust you. So the ability to inspire that trust and to reassure clients who may be nervous about the massage process is vital.
Applying massage can be a strenuous affair. Some massage sessions can be long and require considerable stamina on the part of the therapist. Bear in mind also that, as you may well be paid by the hour, your earnings will depend on the amount of massage you can administer. You don’t need to be an Olympic weight-lifter, but you do need to be fit and energetic if you are going to work without breaking down.
Most massage therapists are self-employed, and build up and run their own massage businesses. Some basic ability with money, administration, and marketing will be invaluable in developing your career.
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