What they do
Remedial massage therapists manipulate people's soft tissue to assist in healing parts of the body that have been injured or left inactive due to age, illness or injury. They talk to their clients about their ailments to assess whether massage therapy is suitable, decide on the form of massage to use, and offer advice on exercise, stretching or relaxation techniques for their patients.
Specialisations include: Chinese (Tui-Na) Masseur, Remedial Masseur, Shiatsu Therapist, Sports Medicine Masseur, Thai Masseur
Remedial massage therapists may work from home (they are self-employed), or as part of a health or fitness centre or larger health care facility. Others travel to different locations to treat patients. Their work environment should be relatively spacious and very clean. These therapists usually work irregular hours - in the evening and on weekends.
Tools and technologies
Remedial massage therapists usually use massage oils and waxes, a massage table or chair, and sheets, towels and pillows.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a massage therapist you usually need to gain a qualification in massage therapy practice or remedial massage.
The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and the Diploma of Remedial Massage are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Required registration and licensing