How to become a masseur

Last updated on January 26, 2019

In the current fast-paced society, masseur services are on the demand. This is due to the widespread need for relaxation treatments and techniques.

What does a masseur do?

 A masseur is a wellness professional that gives massages to soot tires muscles, massage therapy helps with medical conditions such as asthma, headaches insomnia and depression.

They help heal injuries, relieve stress and pain through therapeutic massage. The masseur talks to the client to assess their need and determine their therapeutic goals. Thereafter the masseur chooses a technique to suit client various needs. Massage generally involves manipulating the tissues and muscles in a systemic way. Most masseurs are self-employed meaning they have freedom and flexibility to schedule appointments, manage finance, work from anywhere, and buy supplies.

Duties of a Masseur

A masseur has a flexible working place some masseur have their fixed clinics while others move to client locations. A masseur works in :

  • Spas
  • Rehab clinics and hospital
  • Cruise ships, resorts, and hotels
  • Wellness and health center
  • Self-employed private practice massage

Typical Masseur duties include :

  • Interviewing the client to determine their ailment and formulate a treatment plan.
  • Create a relaxing environment for the client. This includes setting up equipment such as chairs, massage tables, lotions, pillows and sheets
  • Check on the client and comfort
  • Respect the client’s privacy and comfort levels
  • Regularly to monitor the client’s progress
  • The masseur bills the client.

Well, here is what to help you started.

Find out if you are passionate

 As a therapist, you need to be mindful of people’s holistic wellbeing. People perceive massage as a very intimate experience. In addition, a therapist needs to respect the physical and emotional art of massage.

 Research on the massage

 Talk to a professional masseur about the massage. More importantly get a massage from the massage guru. While getting the massage, ask a number of questions on what the profession entails. Thereafter consider the type of masseur you want to be.

Do research on types of massage.

Various form of massage includes whirlpool baths, heat laps, and ice packs. You can read a variety of massage books and watch lots of online tutorial with videos. These resources will be handy for self-taught masseurs. You will learn a lot about the massage by immersing yourself in this fact-finding mission.

Practice with your friends.

 This helps you get the feeling of how you will conduct yourself and how a typical session will go.

Gain formal skills

 First of all, enroll in a massage training class or school. You will be trained in various fields including anatomy, musculature, and massage therapy techniques. By the time you have completed the course, you will gain all the skills needed to get the job right away. Practical experience is also gained in professional training. More so most massage-therapy-students are placed at spas, clinics, hospital or at home as part of the practical attachment.

 Specialize

 Here are many specialties when it comes to this field. Most massage therapists focus on one field when starting out. At the moment, specialty massage like the Asian bodywork or medical massage is on the demand. Asian bodywork technique entails using the hand and finger to influence energy channels while medical massage is geared to specific outcome driven treatments.

 Get Licensed

A license helps your practice. Professional clinics require that you complete certification at a therapy school and obtain hours of practice in school. Certification takes you a respected professional over the years due to the stringent requirements you have fulfilled to become a therapist.

Get a business license.

Business licensing varies. In some places, a business license is required while in some it is not… However, it is always good to be on the safe side.

Liability insurance

 Liability insurance helps manage risk if you are performing massage to the public. This insurance can be obtained by joining a professional body.

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