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Massage Therapist

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.

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.
Massage Therapists commonly treat conditions such as neck and back pain, tendonitis, or postural strains.

What can I earn as a Massage Therapist?

The most common salary  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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • People skills
  • Massage techniques
  • First aid certification
  • Resilience

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Time management
  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • First aid certification
  • Interpersonal skills
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How do Massage Therapists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 44 Massage Therapists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Health Science - Medical Massage
Experience
10+ years
The good things
It is the most full-filling job I've ever had, making people feel better. Every client is happy to see me, even if they have an injury or headache and when they leave they are grateful to leave feeli...
The challenges
The biggest challenge is earning potential. It is a very physically demanding job. The number one reason therapists leave the industry is burnout from to much work and not enough life balance. When I...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Administration and Diploma in Massage Therapists
Experience
10+ years
The good things
I get the satisfaction to work with people everyday as well as doing computer work which is both very satisfactory for me because I love to work with people and at the same time stay on top with new ...
The challenges
You must stay focused to keep your two different careers apart but at the same time professional.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
When I Help people in their body's pain, it improves and changes their life for better
The challenges
Each client is different
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Associate Diploma of Health Science (Massage Therapy)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Massage therapy
The good things
Massage therapy can be physically demanding, but it is rewarding to see people leave the clinic feeling better than when they entered.
The challenges
The biggest challenge is that people want a massage,but do not want to pay what it's worth.You do not get the same respect and financial support/rewards as other health professionals.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma in Health Science/ Soft Tissue Therapy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Trigger point therapy, remedial techniques
The good things
Massage isn’t just about giving a rub to someone. It’s about connecting with the person you are going to treat to gain an understanding of what they need from the treatment. It’s reading body language...
The challenges
It’s challenging because it is difficult to do the work full time. That means it’s not always possible to earn a living. It’s tiring and sometimes scary, people can have serious injuries or have an ad...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Everyday is a different experience. You usually find yourself working with a diverse group of people, from other professionals (chiro, osteo, physio etc) to the patients you get to work on.
The challenges
90% or more of job opportunities are private contacting, where you may only get paid per massage, which is difficult when you're starting out. Not many employers will pay super, sick leave or holiday ...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
As a massage therapist I got to assist clients to live a healthier and better quality of life. I get the see the immediate results after the treatment. It’s very sastisfying to see the client feel bet...
The challenges
Massaging can be both physical and emotional demanding. As a therapist, I constantly need to take care of myself body and mind in order to manage doing my job well without being burnout or injure myse...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Remedial massage
The good things
To work as casual massage therapist that gives me more time to my family (balance between work n life). It gives you good feeling after u helped your patient to solve their problems(increase mood). ...
The challenges
Massage work is really a fun job, you can meet up with different group of people (althetics)and work in different places. You can also work with different fields, being assistant of others professio...
1 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 3 in massage and diploma in Anma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
It does have some great aspects, you get to know people and you have a chance to get to know different body types and what medical conditions massage can help.
The challenges
You can't massage for ever, the pain in your joints won't allow you to massage at your full potential. The pay is pathetic, even when you own your own business because you have to pay insurance, tax,...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Being a Remedial Massage Therapist is a very rewarding role as you get to help people overcome injuries and help them manage chronic/acute conditions, so that they can live a more normal life
The challenges
Massage therapy is a client based career so making sure you have enough clients every week can be challenging.
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What are the job opportunities for Massage Therapists?

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Job opportunities

Massage Therapist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
20.2%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Massage Therapists
Latest Massage Therapist jobs on SEEK
PhysioONE-Tea Tree Gully
Adelaide
We are currently seeking a qualified remedial massage therapist to join our friendly team & work in a supportive, professional physiotherapy practice.
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Stable Health Clinic
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Come join our 4 clinics. Myotherapist, Muscluloskeletal, Sports & Remedial Therapists are welcome.
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Baby Spa Australia
Melbourne > Western Suburbs
Baby Spa Australia offers hydrotherapy and infant massage for babies aged 2 days to 8 months. Apply today to have "THE BEST JOB EVER"!
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Movement and Wellbeing Centre
Adelaide
Remedial massage therapists with a diploma in Remedial Massage to join a new wellness centre which will be opening late April 2019 in Hove.
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