Performing massage requires detailed understanding of physiology and mastery of techniques.  The therapist should have the proper licenses and proof of training.

  1.  Licensed massage therapist:  Most states require therapists to pass a national certification exam.  Many therapists earn additional certifications in specialized forms of massage, including reflexology, Swedish massage and Trager massage.
  2. Occupational therapist:  An OT will occasionally integrate massage into an overall plan for patients they’re treating for hand injury or lymphedema
  3. Physical therapist:  Along with other forms of manual manipulation and exercise, PTs may use Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to help reduce pain and let patients regain full movement after injury or surgery. 
  4. Nurse massage therapist:  This RN has an additional license in massage therapy and may be connected to a clinic or other medical facility.