Careers in Massage Therapy
Massage therapists help clients reduce pain, improve flexibility and circulation, and counteract the negative effects that unchecked stress has on the human mind and body. Aside from outdoor events such as health fairs, most massage therapy work is done indoors in massage clinics, health clubs, doctor's offices, spas or corporate settings. A massage therapist's hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows are used in gliding, rubbing, kneading, and friction techniques to apply pressure to muscle tissue and to facilitate joint mobilization according to their clients' physical condition, needs and desires. Moist heat, ice, diaphragmatic breathing and therapeutic exercises are also used when providing massage therapy.
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for massage therapists to increase by 10%. For more detailed information about opportunities for massage therapists, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/occguides/Search.aspx.
Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success
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