How to Become a Massage Therapist Massage is defined as any activities that involves acting and working on the various parts of the body by adding pressure, which can either be stationary, moving, structured or unstructured; and also by adding vibration, tension or motion. Massage can be applied or done to an individual manually, such as through the use of the knees, elbows, fingers, feet, forearms, and hands, or it can also be done through the use of mechanical aids, such as equipment, devices or tools that are designed particularly to a certain kind of massage therapy. The different methods and types of massage are the acupressure, active release technique, aquatic bodywork, watsu, tui na, trigger point therapy, tradition Chinese massage or TCM, thai massage, Swedish massage, structural integration, shiatsu, myofascial release, medical massage, lymphatic drainage, lomilomi and indigenous massage of Oceania, foot massage, craniosacral therapy, ayurvedic massage, biodynamic massage, and the ashiatsu. The various facilities, equipment and supplies that are typically designed for massages and are being used by the massage therapists to their clients or customers are cremes, gels, oils, lotions, vichy showers, warm-water therapy pools, dry-water massage tables; massage tools, like the body rock, bamboo and rosewood tools, and needles; massage chairs, and massage tables. The different health benefits and good effects on the body of an individual who have undergone massage therapy include reduce state and trait anxiety, reduce heart rate, reduce and lower blood pressure, reduce subclinical depression, and pain relief. A person who specializes in providing and practicing various types and methods of therapeutic massages can be called as athletic trainers, practitioners of TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, physical therapists, and massage therapists. A massage therapist may specialized in various modalities and techniques, and they can be called as licensed massage therapist, bodywork therapist, medical massage therapist, and registered massage therapist. The various ways and requirements in order to become a successful massage therapist include passing a specified number of work hours, passing a written exam or test, background check, disease screening, earning a degree from an accredited school, earning a certificate of CPR and first aid, and undergoing a massage therapy training program. The various responsibilities and duties of each and every massage therapists include maintaining their office, recording the notes and information about their client, giving massages, making or setting up an appointment with their clients, and promoting their practice. The people who wants to find and hire the services of the best and the most efficient massage therapist in their local area can find or locate them through the recommendations or word of mouth of previous clients, families, or colleagues; through the use of the internet; or by locating the nearest day spas and massage centers where most of the massage therapist can be found working.