A massage therapist specializes in applying various types of manual therapeutic pressure to muscles and other soft tissues. Massage therapists help people of all ages improve physical and emotional health and boost their immunity with massage therapy. Massage therapy provides pain and stress relief for a variety of conditions, including migraines, chronic pain, depression, and cancer.
As part of the care they provide, massage therapists typically:
Conduct client interviews to learn about a person’s physical aches and pains, stress levels, and relevant medical conditions<
Perform various types of massage including deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, shiatsu, and Thai massage
Provide treatments that complement and enhance massage, including hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and reflexology
Educate patients about self-massage practices they can use between professional treatments
A massage therapist may also be known by the following names: bodyworker or certified massage therapist (CMT).
There are 38121 specialists practicing Massage Therapy in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.7 stars. There are 338 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Massage Therapy specialists, including Henry Ford Hospital, Overlake Medical Center and NCH Baker Hospital Downtown.