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How to Become a Massage Therapist

BY: Career Advice | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2010-11-15 07:07:27
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Article Summary: "A massage therapist is a person who helps people relieve pain and relax with massage. Read how to become a Massage Therapist from this article..."


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A massage therapist is a person who is able to help the various kinds of patients to relax and have their pain relieved with the use of massage. Massage is a simple method that is used by many physical therapists and specialized masseurs who are able to relieve the pain in the patient with the massage.

Massage is the method in which the person uses the hands and various techniques to relieve pain. Some of the many techniques that are used in massage include those like stroking, springing, hacking, petrissage and other methods. Each of them have a specific role in massage. The main reason for the massage to be beneficial to the patient is that the person who is giving the massage is able to use touch which is a great stimulus in relieving pain to an extent. Other than the touch, the use of massage will help to increase the blood circulation in the places where massage has been done. This is another method that is helpful in the relief of pain.

So to be a successful massage therapist, the use of hands to the best of the person's ability is very important. The various things that will help in the person to become successful in massage are as follows:

1. Learning the techniques:


The person has to learn the techniques first. This is the first thing that has to be done. There are various kinds of techniques that are used by a therapist who is involved in massaging the person. Hacking is different from stroking and the springing is different. So each of these techniques need to be learnt by the person. Other than just learning the techniques, the person should also know the skills because it will actually help the people to use the method. Each patient may present with pain in different parts of the body. In some of these pains, the massage may not be indicated as they can aggravate the condition. So, this should be kept in mind for the person to be able to use these techniques to help relieve the pain. Learning the technique becomes the first step because of this.

2. Skill:

The person who is using the massage technique needs to be skilful in the method to be successful as a massage therapist. The theory behind the use of the massage is one thing and the actual use of the techniques is another. This is possible only with the skill of the person. The skill can be practiced on various people who have pain. This can be substituted by other methods that include the use of mannequins and other things.

3. Patient care:


Other than the massage, the care of the patient who comes to be treated with massage is another method that will help the person to be successful. Some of the patients will not be able to get adequate care because the massager is preoccupied and this will decrease the success of the person. As the massage therapist is able to treat and help more people to overcome their pain, the person is bound to be successful as a massage therapist.

These are the various methods that can be used by a massage therapist to become successful in the profession. Pain relief with massage and relaxation of patient will bring more and more success to the patient.

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