The Traits of a Successful Massage Therapy Student

Success in massage therapy school hinges on the student’s attention to the detailed workings of the human body and how massage therapy can help alleviate some of the body’s most common aches and pains. However, traits such as communication, attention to personal well-being, and patient comfort are equally important in a massage therapy setting.

Massage therapy schools do more to prepare students for a career in massage therapy by providing important information about understanding cues from the client, how to make clients feel comfortable, and how to make the most of the short time they will spend with clients. For these reasons, students also focus on interpersonal communication, human modesty, and the emotional impacts of interior environments on the patient’s perspective of a massage therapy session.

According to A Mindful Body, there are many skills and traits that a student must learn or possess in order to be successful in school and as a professional therapist. In “What should I look for when searching for a ‘good’ massage therapist?”, The Mindful Body tells their clients to look for a therapist who makes them feel at-ease, who is professional, and who lets the client make their own decisions about the session:

“Look for a therapist with whom you feel very comfortable and have a natural rapport. Everything that happens within a massage session is protected legally and professionally by confidentiality (unless a client is threatening to hurt themselves, or another person). Working with your massage therapist will ideally feel very natural and easy. Additionally, you will feel comfortable verbally communicating all of your relevant body concerns to your therapist. If your therapist asks you questions relating to your body experience and their quality of touch, you will feel comfortable being honest with your massage therapist about what is and is not comfortable for you. “

The article also points to the impact of human modesty on the client, an important comfort tip that therapists can learn in college:

“Your massage therapist will use modest and professional draping techniques during the massage to ensure that only the part of your body being worked on in the moment is exposed. If you have any questions or special requests regarding draping, your massage therapist will be pleased to discuss this with you. A good therapist will always let you know that you can undress to “your level of comfort,” which could mean leaving all of your clothes on. If that is the case, there may be different techniques which need to be used to address muscle areas, such as Shiatsu.”

To learn more about how client’s might view you during a massage therapy session, check out the full article at A Mindful Body.