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Massage Therapist

Use massage therapy to treat pain, discomfort or injuries, or provide relaxation to clients.

What's it like to be a Massage Therapist?

Massage Therapists are trained to manipulate the soft tissue of the body to treat pain, discomfort, injuries, stress or other conditions of their clients. Massage Therapists may specialise in particular form of massage therapy, such remedial, sports, relaxation and pregnancy massage.

Massage Therapist

Tasks and duties

  • Assessing soft tissue dysfunction.
  • Providing massage therapy to maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or enhance wellbeing.
  • Manipulating muscles or other soft tissues of the body.
  • Providing clients with advice on how to manage or improve soft tissue conditions.
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Massage Therapists commonly treat conditions such as neck and back pain, tendonitis, or postural strains.

What can I earn as a Massage Therapist?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Massage Therapist is between $55k and $65k

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How to become a Massage Therapist


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The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (HLT42015) is a nationally recognised, entry level qualification for Massage Therapists.

  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (HLT42015). This course will provide you with the essential techniques of relaxation massage, incorporating neuromuscular techniques and sports massage. It also incorporates massage business practices and practical clinic hours.
  2. Further your training by completing Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015). This course provides you with a deeper level of understanding of the human body and the art of massage, enabling you to treat more specific and complex conditions.
  3. You may choose to join a professional association such as the Association of Massage Therapists, or the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

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In this qualification you will gain the skills and knowledge to confidently provide general massage treatments.

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How do Massage Therapists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 17 Massage Therapists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.4
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
3.8

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Jun 2018
Your Massage Therapy career is in your hands: Take it as far as you want to go.
Reviewer's Qualification
Licensed Massage Therapist
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Treatment/pain management with current focus on fascia system
The good things
The field of massage therapy is as diverse as the people who choose it as their career. Introverted people can succeed just as easily as extroverted personalities. There is such a wide range of direct...
The challenges
While the perks and flexibility are great, there are a few points to consider. This is not meant to scare anyone off, but rather encourage careful consideration when choosing their career path. Be pre...
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Jun 2018
A highly rewarding profession on so many levels.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Sports Massage and Diploma in Aromatherapy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
I have worked for myself in the field of aromatherapy, massage and sports massage therapy for 30 years. I opened my business when I was 21 and never looked back. There are so many part time courses, w...
The challenges
No doubt plenty of challenges but all worth it. Long hours require a good measure of fitness. You can't just sit down if you're tired. You have to be fit and committed. Many patients will offload on ...
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What are the job opportunities for Massage Therapists?

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13.9%
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