Performing massage requires detailed understanding of physiology and mastery of techniques. The therapist should have the proper licenses and proof of training.
- 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.
- Occupational therapist: An OT will occasionally integrate massage into an overall plan for patients they’re treating for hand injury or lymphedema
- 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.
- Nurse massage therapist: This RN has an additional license in massage therapy and may be connected to a clinic or other medical facility.