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What is a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)?

Florida Licensed Massage Therapists, often referred to LMTS, have met specific licensure requirements to ensure their ability to practice safely.  Massage therapists have completed specialized training of anatomy, physiology, hydotherapy and the basic types of massage.  They have also passed a national examination that tests their massage therapy knowledge and skills.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Most people know that massage therapy is a proven and effective means of relaxation and stress relief.  Massage therapy can also provide a number of therapeutic benefits, including:

Reducing stress and tension
Improving flexibility
Increasing Endorphins - the body's natural painkiller
Assisting in recovery from sports injuries
Strengthening the immune system
Improving circulation and circulatory problems
Alleviating chronic and temporary pain

Common Types of Massage

There are many types of massage.  Some of the most popular and well-known types of massage are...

Swedish Massage
The most common, Swedish is given to relax, reduce stress and increase circulation and range of motion.

Deep Tissue Massage
Using firmer pressure, Deep Tissue works deeply into the muscles and connective tissues to release chronic aches and pains.

Neuromuscular Therapy
Used to stop spasms and pain, Neuromuscular applies pressure to specific points in the muscles that are painfully irritated (trigger points.)

Sports Massage
To help prevent athletic injury, Sports Massage keeps the body flexible and assists in the recovery process from sports-related injuries.

Reflexology
To help improve circulation and relaxation, Reflexology uses thumb pressure on specific reflex points of the feet and hands to stimulate corresponding areas in other parts of the body.

Chair Massage
Given while to are fully clothed, Chair Massage is performed while you are seated in a special portable chair and is well suited to public enviroments such as office and corporate settings, at special events or parties or at spots events and conventions.

Ensuring Your Safety
The Board of Massage Therapy, under the Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, is responsible for establishing and enforcing health care standards for the practice of massage therapy.  The Board of Massage Therapy can be reached at www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/massage