How to become a Massage Therapist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Massage therapists are complementary practitioners who carry out various types of massage techniques including Swedish massage, Thai massage, Hot Stone massage and Indian head massage to treat short-term injuries, alleviate the symptoms of long-term conditions and promote relaxation, emotional health and general wellbeing.

Key client groups include individuals suffering from stress and tiredness, expectant mothers, professional and amateur athletes, and those suffering from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. Clients typically self-refer and pay for treatment privately.

Massage therapists usually operate from a home base or on a mobile basis, and many rent space from other complementary therapy practitioners or services, such as aromatherapists, reflexologists and health spas.

Massage therapy is not statutorily regulated in the UK, but there are two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary therapy practitioners; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is funded and supported by the Department of Health. Although registration is not mandatory, it demonstrates the therapist's qualifications, training and professional standards.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a massage therapist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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