Massage therapists help relieve stress and pain by manipulating muscles in the body.

What does a massage therapist do?

Massage therapists manipulate muscles and soft tissue to help relieve tension and pain in the body. They help people with sports injuries, long-term health conditions and general clients in need of relaxation.

Some massage therapists specialise in different types of massage, such as Indian head massage, baby massage, Swedish massage or sports massage.

What do I need to do to become a massage therapist?

You will need good listening and communication skills to help clients with their symptoms. You will usually need to take an in-depth course, which normally lasts around six months, but you may be able to get into this job role through an apprenticeship scheme if one is available in your area.

Related skills

  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Physical fitness

Academic route

  • GCSE in biology or human biology

Vocational route

  • A course recognised by one of the professional bodies for massage therapy, such as The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies

Related subjects

  • Biology

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Most massage therapists are self-employed, so you might be working from your own home, visiting clients’ homes, or possibly working from an alternative therapy clinic or GP surgery.

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