Many people are seeking exciting and rewarding careers as Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs). Employment opporunities froor LMTs can offer a range of services from relaxation massage to precise clinical soft tissue treatment. Massage therapy treatments typically run from 30 minutes to two hours. The trained therapist skillfully addresses client needs using holistic methods, while practicing proper body mechanics for their own wellbeing. Professional LMTs demonstrate clinical understanding of the inner workings of skin, muscles and other soft tissues. Massage techniques can release scar tissue, increase joint range of motion and enhance circulation of blood and lymph. Many massage techniques increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells, which aids in eliminating toxic waste products. Massage therapy is a critical element for becoming a healthier person. A holistic approach to massage therapy integrates an understanding that there are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components to each individual.
Scope of Practice
Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Application of these therapies may include stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, pressure, and those techniques based on manipulation or the application of pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement; the application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body, and movement re-education. Massage therapy specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, manipulation, or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure, or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.
Licensing Requirements for Massage Therapists vary widely from city to city and from state to state. Most cities and states require an application background check for felony record and the submission of licensing fees. Licensing boards typically require written and practical exams usually based on the National Certification Board for Massage and Therapy Bodyworkers (NCBTMB). Successful completion of all MSSM courses should more than qualify a student to pass any licensing exam. Check with your local governmental agency to determine the number of hours required to obtain a license in the area in which you wish to practice. Students are encouraged to obtain the licensing requirements for the city or state in which they intend to practice. For a current state-by-state listing of requirements visit www.wvmassage.org