Massage Therapist

Massage therapists diagnose muscular and joint movement related problems using range of motion and muscle tests and offer treatment plans accordingly.

They administer massage techniques, treating soft tissues and joints of the body through soft tissue manipulation, relaxation techniques, hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, joint pain and lower grade mobilizations, remedial exercise programs and client self-help programs.

They also suggest home care instructions and provide information about techniques for further postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
They may consult with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians and psychologists when developing treatment plans for clients.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$19.00 – $66.73

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$37,050 – $130,114

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Massage therapists usually require completion of an 18- to 24-month or 18- to 36-month program in massage therapy from an accredited school and a period of supervised practical training.

Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$19.00 - $66.73


$37,050 - $130,114


Employment outlook is good to fair across provinces. More information is available here.

Advancement in this field most often takes the form of building a larger client base. Therefore, entrepreneurial and business management skills are an asset

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Excellent communication skills; empathetic; ability to work independently, Patience, Flexibility, Organizational skills and attention to detail; Manual dexterity; teamwork; self-confidence; leadership skills; creativity and adaptability

Registration with a regulatory body is required in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and British Columbia..

The work can be physically demanding. They may need to move or lift patients.

  1. Enrolling directly into a Diploma program

  2. Get certification

  3. Or, one can start as a massage therapy assistant and can get a degree alongside and advance gradually