Massage therapist | Selby College
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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


Employment by 2024


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.

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