Massage Therapy Technical StandardsIn order for Massage Therapists to perform their duties, they should possess the following:
- Demonstrated ability to formulate a session plan based upon the client's needs. Inherent in this plan is the assumption that the therapist has a solid knowledge in human anatomy and physiology, understands cautions and contraindications, pathology and limitations
- Ability to perform massage techniques in a safe and professional manner
- Certification in CPR and first aid
- Manual dexterity
- Hand strength, flexibility, and fine motor coordination
- Strength to apply strokes
- Stamina needed to perform massage for an extended period of time
- Balance and flexibility
- Be able to manipulate or move equipment (weighing up to 45 lbs)
- Work in an unbiased, nonjudgmental, safe, professional manner while maintaining and respecting client confidentiality
- Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
- Additionally, the therapist should possess time management skills, creativity, and be able to emotionally distance themselves from clients.
- Varies based upon the environment you choose to work.
- A Massage Therapist is engaged in physical movement throughout a session (standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, etc).