3236- Massage therapists

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Massage therapists

Job Description: 

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

Main Duties: 

Massage therapists perform 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.

Massage therapists may be trained in various specialized massage techniques.

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
a period of supervised practical training.
Registration with a regulatory body is required in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and British Columbia

Classified Elsewhere: 

Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) (321)
Other technical occupations in health care (323)
Physiotherapy assistants (in 3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X