What does a Massage Therapist do?
A Massage Therapist helps patients in many settings including private practice, a spa or fitness facility, hospital or healthcare clinic, rehabilitation centre, long-term care facility, or educational institution. They are responsible for assessing pain and physical issues with each patient’s soft tissue. They should be able to work together with various healthcare practitioners, such as physicians or physiotherapists, to help reduce or control the patient’s pain.
Massage Therapist skills and qualifications
The most successful Massage Therapist candidate will possess the skills to offer patients the best quality care in recovering from injury and preventing further injuries. They should also have the skills necessary to treat several different types of problems using various massage techniques. Some common skills and qualifications to expect in a successful Massage Therapist candidate include:
- Massage Therapy certification from the appropriate institute in their province
- Must complete supervised practical training hours prior to applying
- Possess excellent critical thinking skills
- Must be organized and keep excellent records
- Must be patient and understanding
- Must have specialized training in various areas as needed by the institution
Massage Therapist experience requirements
A successful Massage Therapist candidate will have the standard 18-24 month certification from the governing institution in their province. Ideal candidates will also have practical experience under the supervision of a licensed Massage Therapist or Practitioner.
Massage Therapist education and training requirements
The main requirement for a Massage Therapist is certification from the appropriate training institute in their province. Candidates in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario must receive their certification from their regulated provincial College of Massage Therapists. Candidates in all other provinces may obtain Canadian Massage Therapy Council Accreditation (CMTCA) certification.
All candidates across Canada are required to complete training through practical hours under the supervision of the institution.
Massage Therapist salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average hourly wage for a Massage Therapist is $50.68. Pay will vary based on a variety of factors including location, experience, and the type of institution hiring.
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