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Three types of massage specialisations
There’s no doubt that getting a massage is one of the most relaxing ways to release pain, discomfort and tension in the body and mind. With the increasing use of massage for sports, recreation, medical and allied health settings, there has been a greater demand for qualified and skilled massage therapists. From being an expert in general massage therapy, to becoming specialised in specific types and techniques, there is a huge amount of potential career opportunities, growth and skill advancement.
Take a look at these three areas of massage you can become specialised in, which involve learning different skills and techniques to be at the forefront of the industry.
Becoming a ‘massage therapist’ is much more general and less specific than other ‘types’ of massage. Usually it is the first step in your career in massage, which gives you the fundamental skills and knowledge before going on to specialise in more niche areas.
To be a massage therapist, you will have developed advanced relaxation techniques, Lomi Lomi, reflexology, and many more fundamentals. This is an excellent way to start your career in massage and to understand functions of anatomy, making referrals to health care professionals, and health care terminology.
Another benefit of choosing to learn Massage Therapy is that due to its more broadly applicable skills, you are considered particularly valuable and employable within the industry. Some places you can work in include clinics, day spas, and starting your own business.
This massage specialisation is much more specific. Remedial massage (much like many other styles of massage) is all about assessing and treating body pain. It can range from treating things like headaches to sports injuries and can sometimes mean a longer treatment time.
Choosing to specialise in remedial massage is excellent for broadening your skills, understanding a wider range of techniques, and can open up many more doors. Just some of the techniques you learn while specialising in Remedial massage include: Sports massage and training techniques, Trigger Point Therapy (TPT), Lomi Lomi, Reflexology, Active Release Techniques (ART), Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) and Myofascial Release (MFR). This kind of specialisation can open up career opportunities in fields such as multi-disciplinary clinics, aged care and allied health, and working at elite sporting clubs.
Myotherapy is all about the physical therapy treatment of muscle pain and inflammation of the body’s soft tissues. This therapy has preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases for soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement. The invaluable skills you will learn while training in Myotherapy are; dry needling techniques, deep tissue massages, T.E.N.S, advanced Trigger point therapy, Myofascial Release, electro-mechanical stimulation and much, much more. It’s no wonder why choosing to specialise in Myotherapy, especially on top of your previous massage therapy skills, will give you an advantage. It will make you stand out as an excellent candidate for employment opportunities, as well as strengthen and consolidate your current employment. Not to mention, it is an extremely interesting and in-depth style of massage to work in.
If you’re interested in a career in Massage, contact us on 1300 002 232 or visit our Massage Courses page for more information on these specialisations.