32201 – Massage therapists


32201 – Massage therapists
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.


Index of titles
Massage therapist (MT)
Masso kinesitherapist
Registered massage practitioner
Registered massage therapist (RMT)
Thai massage therapist


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.
Additional information
Massage therapists may be trained in various specialized massage techniques.


Medical technologists and technicians (3212)
Technical occupations in therapy and assessment (3210)
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists (32200)
Other practitioners of natural healing (32209)
Physiotherapy assistant (in 32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment)