Skills a Massage Therapist Should Have

You are already aware of the fact that you will need to obtain specialized training in order to become a massage therapist.  But, in addition to formal training, you will want to ensure you possess some good skills, those that aren’t directly related to massage therapy.  As with most jobs, you will need to combine formal education along with interpersonal skills in order to have great success.  Below, you will read about a few additional skills you should consider having as you journey towards becoming a massage therapist.

Desire and Commitment.  As a therapist, you will need to have a strong desire to serve.  Other factors like the money you make or where you work shouldn’t matter.  As a massage therapist, you’re number one reason for waking up every day to go to work should be that desire to help someone through the art of touch.  A desire to play a major part in helping someone heal from an injury or relax from a stressful day, that should be what drives you.  Knowing that someone can come to you in a bad mood and when they leave, they’re happy, that should be what fuels your passion to be a masseuse.

Professionalism.  You need to place a strong emphasis on professionalism.  In addition to providing massage therapy, you will need to perform managerial duties as well.  You will need to manage your client accounts, maintain client records, and order equipment and supplies.  If you’re in business for yourself, you will need to make sure you’re marketing your services efficiently.  As such, in order to accomplish these duties, you need to be good at time management.

Customer Service.  You will want to make sure you have excellent customer service skills.  Since you are working with customers, providing them a service, you will need to be able to handle all types of people and situations.  Some clients may come to you with an attitude or not in the best of moods.  You will need to keep in mind that it is not something you did and not to take it personally.

Compassion.  Compassion is a great skill to have as a massage therapist (and as a human being in general).    If you have personality that is more emotionally sensitive, this can go a long way towards establishing trust and building long-term client relationships.  Your job as a therapist is to ensure that your client is comfortable.  As such, you will need to be able to react appropriately to a client’s feelings and consider their vulnerabilities.  Good communication skills are also a must in this business.

Manual Dexterity & Physical Stamina.  You are going to need to be physically fit to be a masseuse.  Specifically, you’ll need to ensure you’re capable of standing for long periods of time.  You will also need manual dexterity, seeing as how you will be performing complicated maneuvers.  As a therapist, you will need to use all of your upper body strength, not just your hands.  The long hours on your feet combined with the physical effort required of massage therapist are two reasons why you’ll need to make sure you take time out for yourself to receive massages and treatment.

Interpersonal Skills.  A great massage therapist will be capable of creating a rapport with clients.  This can go a long way towards putting them at ease during a session.  You should be able to answer questions and explain everything you’re doing.  This can help you build your clientele, which in turn will help you to earn more money, which is a great benefit.

Working towards becoming a great massage therapist requires a lot from you.  Not only will you need to obtain formal instruction to learn about this form of bodywork but, you will also need to develop interpersonal and soft skills.  Being able to give excellent customer service while being compassionate and professional, combined with having obtained specialized training in several different modalities of massage will go a great way towards helping you to become a massage therapist.

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