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Massage therapy is a broad term referring to a number of health-related practices, including Swedish massage, sports massage, Rolfing, Shiatsu and acupressure, trigger point therapy, and reflexology. Although the techniques, or modalities, vary, most massage therapists (or masso-therapists) press and rub the skin and muscles. Relaxed muscles, improved blood circulation and joint mobility, reduced stress and anxiety, and decreased recovery time for sprains and injured muscles are just a few of the potential benefits of massage therapy. Massage therapists are sometimes called bodyworkers. The titles masseur and masseuse, once common, are now rare among those who use massage for therapy and rehabilitation. There are approximately 92,090 massage therapists employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Helpful

Outgoing

Career Ladder
Self Employed, Health Service Director, or Massage Therapy Instructor

Massage Therapy Supervisor

Experienced Massage Therapist

Entry-Level Massage Therapist