Table of Contents
- What is a Certified Massage Therapist
- What is a Massage Therapist?
- What does a Massage Therapist do?
- How to Choose a qualified massage therapist
Certified means that you have been approved or officially accredited to meet specific criteria in your field of work. A massage therapist who has received a graduation certificate of massage therapy must take a board certification exam administered by the Massage Therapy Alliance of Canada (MTAC).
A massage therapist is certified after completing an approved massage training program. They will be issued a certificate of completion, which is required to take the exam. Massage therapy certifications are provided by licensed teachers and approved schools and colleges to indicate that the patient has completed their coursework.
Massage therapists handle clients by manipulating the soft-tissue muscles of the body with their hands. Massage therapists use their hands to help clients relieve pain, recover from injuries, alleviate stress, relax, and improve their overall health.
Massage therapists typically do the following:
- Discuss symptoms, medical history, and desired outcomes with clients.
- Examine clients to find parts of the body that are sore or tense.
- Manipulate the body’s muscles and other soft tissues.
- Provide instruction on how to enhance posture, stretching, strength, and overall relaxation to clients.
Massage therapists knead muscles and soft tissue of the body with their palms, fingertips, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to treat injuries and encourage overall wellness. The massage will last from 15 minutes to over an hour.
Massage therapists may specialize in a variety of modalities or various styles of massage. Massage modalities include Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage, to name a few. Most massage therapists specialize in a variety of modalities, each of which necessitates unique techniques. The form of massage offered is typically dictated by the needs and physical condition of the client. Therapists, for example, can use a different approach for elderly clients than they would for athletes. Prenatal massage, for example, is only given to pregnant mothers.
If you’ve ever scheduled a massage, chances are you were more concerned about when you’d be able to find bliss and relaxation than about who would take you there. To get the most out of your massage, find a skilled massage therapist who knows how to keep you safe while enhancing your mental and physical health.
Yes, a quick back rub from your partner will help you unwind; however, qualified massage therapists have completed a curriculum that involves courses in anatomy and physiology, comprehensive technique education, and hands-on massage practice. They have a detailed understanding of how the human body acts and moves, and they use this expertise to adapt your massage to your particular needs, such as headaches, back pain, and so on. Finding the right massage therapist for your needs might take a little more time than calling a nearby spa, but it shouldn’t add to the stress you’re trying to alleviate.
For advice regarding your problem, please contact us at Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic. Kanata Physiotherapy provides physio & rehabilitation services in Ottawa’s West end. Call our clinic for flexible appointment scheduling.