32201 – Massage therapists

Broad Occupation Category

3 - Health occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Broad Occupation Category

322 – Practitioners of natural healing

Broad Occupation Category

3220 – Practitioners of natural healing

Massage therapists assess soft tissues and joints of the body for treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders. They work in private practice, including group or team practices, hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions.

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Example Titles

  • Massage therapist (MT)

  • Registered massage practitioner

  • Registered massage therapist (RMT)

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess clients by conducting range of motion and muscle tests and propose treatment plans

  • Explain procedures, risks and benefits to clients

  • 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

  • Suggest home care instructions and provide information about techniques for further postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises

  • Maintain records of treatments given

  • May consult with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians and psychologists when developing treatment plans for clients.

Employment Requirements

  • 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.

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