Each state has a different set of requirements when it comes to becoming a massage therapist. All states require some sort of license or certification. In Texas, massage therapists must obtain a license to practice massage therapy, therefore becoming LMTs (licensed massage therapists).
MAT is focused on alleviating long-term pain that may be interfering with the client’s quality of life, such as soft tissue pain. MAT aids such pains by mobilizing joints through muscle manipulation. Contract-relax techniques are used to ease the area of pain back into movement that will eventually stop the nervous system signaling pain signals to the brain.Obtaining a massage therapy license is not trivial work. LMTs must take a minimum of 500 hours of classes. There are also specific requirements as to how the course load is arranged. For example, of those 500 hours, 200 must consist of massage therapy techniques, 50 must consist of kinesiology, and 25 must consist of physiology. In addition, all LMTs must complete an internship, working for at least 50 hours before they are able to run their own practice.
The work is not over once a massage therapist has earned their license. Every two years, a massage therapist must renew their license. In order to renew their license, they must show that they have taken at least 12 hours of classes to continue their education.
As previously stated, massage therapy varies across the states. The three most common titles are Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), and Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
CMTs are massage therapists who have graduated from a specific school or program, but they have not necessarily earned any certification from their state to practice. The difference between LMTs and RMTs, however, is more complicated. Some states only recognize one or the other, and some recognize both. In the states that recognize both, the RMT program is generally accepted as the less expansive study of the two. As a general rule of thumb, LMTs are considered full health care practitioners, whereas RMTs are not. There are exceptions to the rule in states such as Colorado, where LMT and RMT are essentially interchangeable.
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