What is a Massage Therapist


Everything you need to know about Massage Therapy

Ever wondered “What is a Massage Therapist?” or “What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?” or even “How can I find a Massage Therapist near me?” Look no further! This Getting Started Guide is a great place to start.

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Massage therapists don’t just give you a relaxing back massage, they are trained muscle specialists!

Massage therapy is one of the main forms of bodywork in integrative medicine. A certified massage therapist uses physical pressure, most commonly through the hands, to manipulate soft tissue to aid in different healing benefits.  This isn’t your average “back rub” – massage therapists are trained to help with injury recovery, pain management and more.

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Increased immunity, pain reduction, anxiety management, injury recovery

According to the Mayo Clinic, massage therapy can be used to help ease pain and stress of cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, fibromyalgia or other conditions. Additionally, it can help In less severe cases, consistent massage therapy can also help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing immunity. A study conducted by Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences showed improvements in the production of T-cells (which are the cells responsible for fighting off illnesses) and immune systems of the patients receiving massage therapy. 

Jeff Smoot, 2015 president of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), says: “Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions.”

Massage therapy can be an effective treatment for injury recovery — specifically aiding in soft tissue healing which includes all muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body. 

Sources: AMTA, Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Mayo Clinic


What our expert practitioners have to say


Stephanie Zhu - massage therapist

WellSet: What do you love about being a massage therapist?

ZHU: What I love about being a bodyworker and massage therapist is the ability to help people so deeply and tangibly. I love to draw connections between physiological body and energetic body, such as stomach being the center of digesting thought and emotion. As a result, digestive problems could signify more than just incompatible eating, but rather deeper mental and emotional discord.

WellSet: How should someone expect to feel after a session?

ZHU: By peeling away the layers of the onion on a physical level, energetic space can be created for the recipient to feel more empowered to tackle the other parts of their life that they may feel are holding them back. They may find themselves inspired to take different action such as incorporating in more movement and exercise, plus more conscious and healthier eating habits. These are the subtle longterm effects of bodywork and massage therapy, in addition to immediate physical relief.

Conditions that Massage Therapy can help ease:

Aging, Bloating, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Joint Pain, Asthma, Stress, Muscle Pain