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Become A Therapeutic Massage Technician

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Working As A Therapeutic Massage Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $32,770

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Therapeutic Massage Technician does

  • Massaged clients Explained different massage choices to clients Took phone calls Booked appointments Took accurate SOAP notes Cleaned massage rooms
  • Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints.
  • Owned my own business, as well as contracted with local chiropractors.
  • Located, checked in and pulled medical records for appointments and Incomplete patient charts.
  • Applied massage therapy for work related and auto accidents.
  • Answer multi-line phone; book appointments Customer service, cashier and sales Stocking and inventory control Schedule employees and occasional payroll
  • Provided massage services and assisted in marketing efforts.
  • Promoted physical, mental and spiritual health through massage, Reiki and other holistic approaches to well-being.
  • Instructed first and second quarter students in introductory and intermediate level inTherapeutic Massage and related courses.

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How To Become A Therapeutic Massage Technician

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.

Education

Psychiatric technicians typically have a postsecondary certificate. Often, they have experience as a nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse and have completed postsecondary education in nursing.

Some psychiatric technicians also may have a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. These programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling. Psychiatric technician programs may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Psychiatric aides typically need a high school diploma.

Training

Psychiatric technicians and aides usually have a short period of on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision.

Training may include working with patients while under the close supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians and aides also may attend workshops, lectures, or inservice training.

Work Experience

Psychiatric technicians typically need clinical experience, which can be gained by working in occupations such as nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Because psychiatric technicians and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, they should be caring and want to help people.

Interpersonal skills. Psychiatric technicians and aides often provide ongoing care for patients, so they should be able to develop a rapport with them. Gaining such rapport makes psychiatric technicians and aides better able to treat their patients and evaluate their condition.

Observational skills. Technicians must watch patients closely and be sensitive to any changes in behavior. For their safety and that of their patients, they must recognize signs of discomfort or trouble among patients.

Patience. Working with the mentally ill can be emotionally challenging. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

Physical stamina. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to lift, move, and sometimes restrain patients. They must also be able to spend much of their time on their feet.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states do not license psychiatric technicians. California is one of the larger states that does. For those states which license them, technicians usually are required to complete an accredited education program, pass an exam, and pay a fee to be licensed.

Psychiatric aides are not required to be licensed.

The American Association of Psychiatric Technicians offers four levels of certification for psychiatric technicians. The certifications allow technicians to show a high level of professional competency. Requirements vary by certification.

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Real Therapeutic Massage Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Therapeutic Massage Technician DR. Andrew L. Reno Fredericksburg, VA Aug 08, 2008 $43,139
Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage Technician Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Co of Us Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 13, 2015 $41,392
Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage Technician Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Co of Us Inc. Edison, NJ Apr 02, 2015 $41,392
Ayurvedic Therapeutic Massage Technician Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Co of Us Inc. Edison, NJ Dec 02, 2014 $41,392

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Top Skills for A Therapeutic Massage Technician

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Top Therapeutic Massage Technician Skills

  1. Deep Tissue Massage
  2. Reflexology
  3. Therapeutic Massage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instructed first and second quarter students in introductory and intermediate level inTherapeutic Massage and related courses.
  • Manipulate the muscles and soft tissue of clients, to produce relaxations, improves health and other benefits.
  • Studied techniques and theories of massage therapy including Human Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Applied lotion to skin.Customer Service.Managed Money.Managed Scheduling Appointments.
  • Owned my own business, as well as contracted with local chiropractors.

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