The Harris School of Business wishes the best to our massage therapy students!
The week of October 22-28 is Massage Therapy Awareness Week, and the Harris School of Business would like to recognize our massage therapy students for all the hard work they do to prepare for a new career in this field. Our students are busy learning everything from human physiology, to complex massage techniques, to the administrative side of running a massage business.
What makes a great massage therapist?
Being a massage therapist is more than learning how to deliver a great massage. Technique is definitely important, but there are other traits too that will make you not just a good massage therapist, but a great one!
- Listening and communication skills
A great massage therapist listens to the client. During the intake interview and with short conversations during the massage itself, the therapist should be listening to what the client is saying. This is the only way to know exactly what the client is expecting, how well the massage is going, and what additional services are needed.
- Professionalism and customer service
In this field, the customer definitely comes first! A great massage therapist will return calls or emails promptly, speak professionally to all clients, make every effort to be flexible with clients’ requests, develop a friendly and personal connection with their clients, and maintain client confidentiality at all times.
Clients come for a massage for many reasons. It could be stress, pain, tightness, tension, or just for fun. Whatever the reason, it’s important for the massage therapist to have compassion and empathy for what the client is going through.
- Willingness to learn
Staying in touch with the latest in the field of massage is a good way to keep your skills current. Look for professional development and continuing education opportunities so that you can advance your skills whenever possible.
What are the benefits of massage?
Many people enjoy massages for different reasons. Some look at it as a relaxing day at the spa. Others go for regular massages to help control chronic pain. Still others may go at special times in their lives, like pregnancy. People find massage can help with certain medical conditions, and help sports injuries to heal more quickly. Check out some of these commonly found benefits:
- Relieves stress
- Helps alleviate anxiety
- Promotes pain relief
- Loosens muscle “knots” and areas of tension
- Eases lower back, upper back, and neck pain
- Provides greater range of motion
- Helps reduce tension headaches
- Speeds the healing of soft tissue strains
For more detailed information about the benefits of massage, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) provides massage research as well as other resources for practitioners to use to promote the field.
How can I become a massage therapist?
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a massage therapist, you may be able to find training programs near you. The Harris School of Business has campuses located in the Philadelphia, Delaware, and New Jersey regions. Find out if we have a campus near you!