What does a Massage Therapist do?

A massage therapist is responsible for guiding clients through service offerings while helping them choose the types of messages they would benefit them the most. Massage therapists perform massages in a manner that prevents injuries to their own wrists and other parts of their body as well as the guests. Additionally, a massage therapist obtains a detailed history from clients, including information about any injuries or conditions, such as diabetes. Massage therapists can work in a variety of settings including spas, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.

A current and valid state license for massage therapy as well as 4 years of experience as a massage therapist is required for massage therapists. Successful massage therapists possess excellent verbal communication skills and are able to stand for extended periods.

  • Evaluate clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion
  • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used
  • Consult with clients about their medical histories and any problems with stress and/or pain in order to determine whether massage would be helpful
  • Massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the human body in order to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries or wellness maintenance
  • Prepare and blend oils, and apply the blends to clients' skin
  • Discuss with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists in order to develop treatment plans for clients
  • Maintain detailed and accurate treatment records of clients
  • Attend and participate in meetings and training sessions
  • Experience working in a spa or therapy center environment preferred
  • 4+ years' experience as a professional massage therapist
  • Proficient knowledge of reflexology, Swedish, prenatal, hot stone, trigger point, sports, and deep tissue massage
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Exceptional computer skills
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Dexterous and able to stand for extended periods
  • Ability to keep a well-groomed, professional appearance
  • Ability to perform massages on diverse clients
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Massage Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$84,671 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $85K
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Massage HeightsMassage Heights
Licensed Massage Therapist
Aug. 13, 2020

“I have the exact schedule I want/need and all my guest are really good people!”

Saffron & SageSaffron & Sage
Licensed Massage Therapist
Sep. 9, 2020

“It really is an urban sanctuary and seeing Harper the therapy dog is an added bonus.”

Aspen Skiing CompanyAspen Skiing Company
Licensed Massage Therapist
Mar. 3, 2021

“Pay is decent however you never really get a raise unless they decide to raise prices.”

Mynd Spa and SalonMynd Spa and Salon
Licensed Massage Therapist
Feb. 11, 2020

“Decent pay if you ever get booked but they don't do balanced booking so good luck getting appointments.”

Massage EnvyMassage Envy
Massage Therapist
Aug. 6, 2021

“Some clients don't tip or tip really low even if you do a good job.”

Massage EnvyMassage Envy
Lead Massage Therapist
Apr. 8, 2021

“The pay is just as much as mc donald's at the end of the week.”

The Breakers
Licensed Massage Therapist
Jun. 12, 2019

“My management team is professional and understanding and they want the best for me in regard to reaching my highest potentials.”

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial SpaHand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Jun. 23, 2019

“The clients are usually really nice and tip good.”

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