Science, art, or skill?
There are some basic necessities for any decent massage therapist. Every massage therapist should have a good working knowledge of anatomy, human physiology, and a decent grasp of basic science. Clinical reasoning is absolutely essential and often overlooked. They should have the confidence to evaluate themselves, their practices, and come to rational conclusions about different therapeutic approaches. Also, because our services involve physical touch, an understanding of ethics should not be forgotten once we get into practice. I am increasingly convinced that for best practices, a course in modern pain science should also be required!