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Therapist vs. practitioner

by Lea
(Missoula , MT USA)

I am a student at a Massage School in Montana. I want to know what the difference between a Massage Therapist and a Massage Practitioner is?






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The same thing
by: Kristoff

"Practitioner" and "therapist" are basically interchangeable in the massage world. The reason "practitioner" is used is because some states (Washington is one of them) do not allow massage therapists to call themselves therapists. Instead they are required to refer to themselves as "practitioners". I think the reason for this is that the physical therapists lobbied to have this terminology changed so that they are differentiated from massage people. (Some PT's look down on massage therapists a lot because they have a lot more training than massage therapists do)

Kristoff, Post Falls, ID

Massage Therapist/Practitioners
by: Anonymous

Massage Practitioners are highly trained if trained at an accredited institute. They are required to know all the systems of the body and their functions. They are required to know all the muscles of the body, their attachments, etc.

Many massage schools only require 500 hours but most are more than that. They also have to know the history of massage and ethics, business, pathology, and any modalities that are needed. Specialty fields are being embraced by Massage Practitioners and Clients alike.

Massage Practitioners are not regarded very highly in the Medical Field in the past but that is changing.

Hours completed is another difference in school
by: Anonymous

I'm looking at various programs here in CA. The only other difference between a MP and MT is the hours of completion in school (250 for MP and 500 for MT). MT is required to take a few more classes than the MP program, but not much difference honestly. California is doing away with Massage Practitioners by 2014 for any new applicants.

Massage Practioner vs Massage Therapist NEW
by: Anonymous

A massage Practitioner earns 500 hours more than a massage Therapist.

Massage Therapist= 500 hrs of training and for California State License.

Massage Practioner=1000 hrs of training including the California state license.

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