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Therapeutic Massage Career Facts

Nature of Work

Massage therapists manipulate the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints to relax or reduce pain in patients or customers. Massage therapists may be self-employed in private practice, employed in a variety of health care settings, in health and beauty spas, in sports or exercise complexes, or in large lodging and travel facilities.

Employment prospects

Jobs in massage therapy are expected to increase faster than average. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work (NCBTMB), which is necessary in order to advertise as a "certified" massage therapist. Graduates are in private practice and work at hospitals, chiropractic offices, physical therapy clinics, holistic health clinics, spas and salons. Employment opportunities exist in resorts and on cruise ships.

Skills you need

To succeed as a massage therapist, you will need physical strength, mobility, and good interpersonal, communication, listening and critical thinking skills.

Physical Fitness and Wellness at Lansing Community College

Fitness and Wellness Program
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