Massage Therapy Technical Standards

In order for Massage Therapists to perform their duties, they should possess the following:

Technical Skills

  • 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

Physical requirements

  • 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)

Interpersonal skills

  • 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.

Working conditions

  • 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).