What is Massage Therapy?
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Oil or powder help reduce friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified practitioner who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Massage Therapy.
You can check whether a Massage Therapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register here
By choosing practitioners registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Registering with CNHC
CNHC works with the following Massage Therapy professional associations who check the details of practitioners' training, insurance and experience and confirms whether they are eligible for CNHC registration:
- Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT)
- Association of Physical & Natural Therapists (APNT)
- Complementary Health Professionals (CHP)
- Complementary Therapists' Association (CThA)
- LCSP Register of Remedial Masseurs and Manipulative Therapists (LCSP)
- Massage Training Institute (MTI)
- National Association of Massage & Manipulative Therapists (NAMMT)
- The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA)
- Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation (SMTO)
- Sports Therapy Organisation (STO)
a) If you belong any of the professional associations listed above, click on the link to your association and you will be directed either to a ‘CNHC Request to Register’ form or to the association website with instructions on how to apply.
b) If you DO NOT belong to a professional association listed, please click here or contact us - call 020 3668 0406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will explain how you can proceed with your application to register.
Choosing to register with CNHC brings a wide range of benefits - but most importantly shows to the public that you uphold high standards of practice in your work. Being registered builds trust with your clients, health providers and the public by demonstrating that you “Stand up for Standards.” Click here for further information