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Massage Therapist
Search for a Florida Massage Therapist and Verify Credentials
at the Florida Department of Health,
Medical Quality Assurance:
Licensure of a Massage Therapist
from the U.S. Department of Labor

Florida is one of twenty-nine States and the District of Columbia that require massage therapists to be licensed. Most of these States require at least 500 hours of classroom instruction at an accredited school. Many States require 1,000 hours of classroom training. Some States require massage therapists to pass a national certification exam. Most local governments have additional regulations governing massage. The American Massage Therapy Association, the Massage and Bodywork Association, and local chambers of commerce can provide current information on licensing.

Basic requirements of massage therapy school include a high school diploma. The academic curriculum of massage therapy training encompasses anatomy and physiology (the study of the structure and function of organs and tissues) and kinesiology (the study of human motion and body mechanics). Students also learn several massage techniques and receive hands-on training.

What is a Massage Therapist?
from the U.S. Department of Labor

Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation. RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.

Massage therapists work to improve the circulation of blood through the body and to speed the removal of metabolic waste products from muscles. Their skilled therapy increases the flexibility of muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues.

Many patients are referred to massage therapists by physicians.


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