Keep your hands full with a career in remedial massage. Remedial massage skills are based on a foundation of knowledge of the human body as well as rehabilitation and the management of injuries. These Remedial Massage courses will allow students to develop the skills and treatment techniques needed to pursue a job in the remedial massage industry. Remedial Massage courses could cover a range of subjects, including massage practice and needs, remedial massage treatments, professional practice, providing first aid, musculoskeletal assessment, ethics and planning a small business.
What do remedial massage graduates do?
Depending on the nature of your employment, you may perform a variety of different tasks after competing a remedial massage course. However, all massage therapists can expect to work closely with clients in hands-on, practical roles.
As a massage therapist, you’ll work to massage the soft tissue of the body, including muscles, tendons and ligaments, in order to ease pain and tension and promote healing in your clients. You’ll draw on a broad range of professional massage techniques, and may also deploy other calming and relaxation techniques learned in a remedial massage course, including treatments that improve circulation and relieve muscle tension. You’ll also advise clients on rehabilitation, and recommend complementary exercises and aids the client might utilise, including compresses, infra-red lamps, essential oils and herbal and mineral therapies.
You’ll also maintain information on each patient and, in advising them, refer to their history and previous treatments. In a remedial massage therapist role, you can expect to develop administrative and organisational skills in addition to the technical massage skills you’ll learn.
You’ll thrive in the massage industry if you:
- Enjoy working with people
- Are confident
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Are social and have good strong interpersonal skills
- Like helping people
- Have an interest in physiology and the way the body works
- Like practical, hands-on work
While the remedial massage industry in Australia is relatively small, with the Australian Government’s Job Outlook reporting approximately 12,000 people employed in the industry, it is expected to open more than 10,000 new roles within the next decade and predicted growth is strong. While the industry’s growth has stagnated over the past decade, Job Outlook reports a pick-up in recent years and is confident about future prospects.
According to PayScale, remedial massage therapists can expect to earn between $19 and $49 per hour for the work, depending on experience and the nature of their employment. Job Outlook notes that a relatively low proportion of people employed in the industry work in full-time roles – just under 30 per cent of employed therapists – and as a result wages are likely to be casual, contract or part-time rates.
PayScale reports relatively consistent salaries for entry-level remedial massage therapists compared to therapists with more experience, but notes a sharp increase in earning capacity after working for 15 years or more, and observes that therapists with skills in massage therapy are more competitive in seeking higher wages. This may be due to the increased career potential in spa and wellness settings, with PayScale observing potential for therapists to move into spa management roles.
- Australian Association of Massage Therapists