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What Is a Massage Therapist?

Sep 30, 2010

A massage therapist is a person who is trained in the human exoskeleton, and can manipulate the muscles in order to reduce pain, relieve stress, and help to heal injuries. They can work in upscale spas, clinics, as sports massage therapists, or travel to people's homes and offices.

In most states to become a massage therapist one must complete 500 hours of instruction from a recognized massage therapy college, and then complete a test provided by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. The instruction includes anatomy, massage theory, pathology, business and ethics, and hands-on training.

Massage therapists can earn as much as $60 to $70, but many massage therapists do not work 40 hours per week. However, being a massage therapist allows for a flexible work schedule, and you can really enhance the quality of a person's life every day.

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