Massage Therapist or Masseuse: What’s the Difference?

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Should you say massage therapist or masseuse? They’re the same thing – right?

While occasionally these terms are used interchangeably, there is a difference. Yes, they both provide massage services to their clients. But the main difference is their educational background and also cultural association. A masseuse is also typically a woman by definition.

But let’s compare and contrast these two terms in greater detail. After reading this article, it’s unlikely you’ll misuse either term ever again

A Massage Therapist or Masseuse? Which Do You Need?

A massage therapist has undergone hours and years of education and training. Not only that, but to become a registered massage therapist, one must pass board exams to obtain a license.

For example, a person aspiring to become a massage therapist in Edmonton or Alberta needs to enter a legitimate massage therapy program. This program often includes two years of schooling, as well as 2200 hours of practice. From there, testing is required and a massage therapist must register with a massage therapy association.

The education that goes into becoming a massage therapist is also very much medicinally based. Students learn to treat conditions, injuries, disorders, and more. And it costs money to get to the stage of becoming a licensed and registered massage therapist.

On the other hand, a masseuse doesn’t necessarily undergo any professional or educational training. They have not taken classes or labs which would give them a certification of some kind.

The term, masseuse, also tends to have a negative connotation when it comes to cultural references. And sometimes, this term is used in place of prostitution as seen in popular films and novels.

Unfortunately, this sexual reference does continue to be a problem for registered massage therapists. In school, a massage therapy student may be warned of this and guided on how to deal with these connotations.

Now… when using either term, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you’re using the correct one. Massage therapists are educated practitioners. Many of them also partake in continuing education to further their skills and serve their clients better. Their goal? To help a person overcome pain or muscular issues for sport performance or life improvement.

Know the Difference!

Now you know a little more! If you’re seeking out a solution to your pain, a massage therapist is exactly what you need.

At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our team is dedicated to getting each client back to the activities they know and love. With various technique options and massage types to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find the type of massage you need. From relaxation to sport massage to prenatal massages, we can help you select the type best suited for you. Book your next (or first) appointment at one of our modern massage therapy clinics in Edmonton today! Let’s get you back to your normal.

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