Education and credentials
Specialists in restoring mobility and relieving pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues of the body, licensed medical massage therapists typically complete:
- A professional training program of 500 or more hours of study and training, including education in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, and pathology
- Extensive clinical and hands-on experience prior to entering independent practice
- Advanced training in sports, geriatric or other specialized massage techniques
- Optionally, training in related practices which also enhance healing, mobility and stress reduction, including yoga, meditation, reiki (healing touch), and reflexology
State licensure is required for the practice of massage. Massage therapists must also complete ongoing continuing professional education to retain their license to practice.