What is a Massage Therapist?

Massage therapy is a form of healing that has been embraced by many cultures throughout many years. People from all walks of life can benefit from massage therapy, from children to the elderly to athletes and even car accident victims. If you’ve never experienced massage therapy, you’re probably asking yourself, “What is a massage therapist anyway, and what is all the hype about what they do?”. Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is here to answer both questions.

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What is a Massage Therapist?

Care Giver

Massage therapists can treat a variety of people to assist them with feel better. Prevention and treatment of injury are both common uses for massage. Relaxation can also be a part of massage therapy, based on where the therapist works. Some settings a Massage Therapist might work are spas, salons, resorts, sports clinics, hospitals, medical/psychiatric offices, rehabilitation centers, educational settings for students with special needs, nursing or independent living centers, cancer treatment facilities, hospices, and in people’s homes are just a few of the places where you can find a massage therapist practicing their craft and helping people heal.

A Professional

Massage therapists are required to complete 1000 hours of instruction before taking a NYS exam to obtain a license to practice massage therapy professionally. There is theoretical and practical training that need to take place before you can start your new career in massage therapy.

A Consultant

Massage therapists are available to help to the best of their abilities. Ask your massage therapist about what you can do to help aid your recovery. Many times, a therapist can point you in the right direction. Nutrition, additional stretching, and even assisting you in finding additional help can be something they can do.

A Business Owner

Not all massage therapists own their own businesses but many choose to do so. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own business and helping others, this might be the perfect career for you! An entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for caregiving can take your career to the next level.

What Does a Massage Therapist Do?

Massage therapists use a variety of techniques and modalities to help their clients heal. Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic are all examples of the types of massages a therapist will use. Depending on the needs of the client, the massage therapist can use their specialized training and skill to help them feel better!

Contact Us Today!

You could be a massage therapist! If you’re ready to take your interest in massage and turn it into career as a massage therapist, we’re here to help. Contact us to learn more about how to get started at The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage!


We Are Here To Answer Your Questions!

Our campus is open during COVID. We’re scheduling virtual and on campus tours to answer any questions you may have, and to help you learn about your potential future in massage therapy. Please complete a request for information, or give us a call to learn more.