Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and
other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries,
improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of
Massage therapists use touch to treat clients’ injuries and to promote the
clients’ general wellness. They use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to
knead muscles and soft tissues of the body.
Massage therapists talk with clients about what they hope to achieve through
massage. They may suggest personalized treatment plans for their clients, including information
about additional relaxation techniques to practice between sessions.
Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage or
modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few of the many
modalities of massage therapy. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which
require different techniques.A massage therapist’s working conditions depend heavily on the venue in
which the massage is performed and on what the client wants.