A massage therapist is a person who provides therapeutic massage treatment to clients looking for relaxation or physical care for aches and pains. According to Medicine Net, massage therapists typically undergo a specialized training program prior to becoming a licensed therapist. License therapists work independently or in a medical facility. Massage therapist interview questions are used to identify your compatibility as a provider with an organization.
Pathology and Kinesiology
The website Your Massage Career notes in its discussion of massage interview questions that interviewers are likely to ask about your understanding of core body sciences like pathology and kinesiology. A massage therapist needs to know more than techniques; she must know how to apply them in the right circumstances. You should have appropriate knowledge through education and licensing, and demonstrate this in your response. Explain your understanding of how the body responds to specific massage stimulus as you must convey this as needed to potential clients.
Some massage therapists and clinics specialize in specific massage techniques. Others offer a wide array of techniques appropriate to a client's needs. The broader your toolkit of techniques, the more valuable you are. If an interviewer says, "Tell me about the massage techniques you are familiar with," he wants to know how versatile you are. He also wants to see that you can explain how various techniques are appropriate to specific client needs.
Ethics: Inappropriate Clients
In her 2006 article "Maintaining Spa Ethics" published on the Massage Therapy website, Nina McIntosh points out that clients who make sexually inappropriate requests are a rare but potential reality of working in a massage spa. Because of the intimate nature of massage, clients sometimes extend beyond basic friendliness. An interviewer may ask how you would handle such a client. An honest response that supports your ethics and professionalism, and conveys a professional yet clear handling of a situation, is best.
Another major ethics issue in massage therapy is client confidentiality. You are likely to receive a question about your thoughts on client confidentiality and what steps you take to ensure it. McIntosh suggests that you convey your strict adherence to client confidentiality. Point out specifically that you separate your massage work from outside socialization and would never discuss specific clients with friends or family. Gossip about clients can damage your reputation and cause major problems for your employer.
- Lower body massage as part of a full body Thai massage. image by Deborah Benbrook from Fotolia.com