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How to Become a Massage Therapist
December 28, 2013

If you have a passion for sports, want the opportunity to work alongside professional athletes, and have the desire to learn more about the human body, the Remedial Massage Therapist program is the course for you, and here we are going to discuss how you can take the leap into your new found career.

First of all to become a Massage Therapist, you will need to be qualified. This means you MUST do a government accredited course, such as the ones we offer here at the Australian Institute of Fitness.

MASSAGE COURSES

The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice is the first level of entry and it enables you to become a Relaxation Therapist, Facilitated Stretching Practitioner and Basic Health Assessor. The massage course at the Institute offers the added bonus of focusing on Trigger Point Therapy with some deep tissue sports massage, which is not usually included in a certificate IV level of training.

The Diploma of Remedial Massage gives you the added skills of being able to assess and treat clients with aches, pains and injuries, as well as work with Physiotherapists and Chiropractors. You can also pass on health insurance benefits to your clients.

CAREER PATHWAYS

The types of job roles a graduate may go for are an employee/owner in a clinic, a health spa, cruise ship, contractor for corporate massages, and working alongside Allied Health Practitioners like Physiotherapists, sporting teams, and of course inside gyms. If you have a passion for fitness, a large number of our Personal Training students carry on their studies to become Massage qualified so they can offer their future clients TWO services, which keeps them ahead of the pack in a competitive industry!

INSURANCE

You will then need to get your Senior First Aid and CPR qualifications, and also acquire insurances in the form of professional indemnity insurance, public liability insurance and product liability insurance.

REGISTRATION

Once those insurance boxes are ticked, you can register with one of the massage industry association bodies. There are many choices in Australia and all have their own unique flavour. You'll need to do your research and decide between the choices of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT), the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT), the Massage Association of Australia (MAA) and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).

EQUIPMENT

Now that's all out of the way you'll probably be wondering what equipment and products you'll need before studying. A good start would be a massage table, which will become your best friend and most useful tool throughout your studies and your career.

All tables have unique specs but what you're most likely looking for is a light weight and convenient fold up option for portability with a liberal amount of padding for the client's comfort, a practical weight support limit, the table dimensions to adapt to different client's height, and height adjustable for different stretches and massage technique requirements.

So there you have it, the nutshell of the considerations that you'll need for becoming a Massage Therapist. We wish you all the best with your massage endeavours, and remember keep calm and effleurage on!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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