What is a masseur / wellness masseur and how can you become a masseur? The actual job title in Germany is "medical lifeguard". Because the activity of a medical lifeguard involuntarily reminds you of the lifeguard with a whistle at the edge of the pool, the term “masseur” is more common. A masseur enjoyed a 2 ½ year training that was carried out at a vocational school. In North Rhine-Westphalia these schools are called “Berufskolleg”. The masseur is a non-medical medical profession. Masseurs support doctors in their therapeutic task and mostly work according to medical prescriptions and instructions. Masseurs often work in an interdisciplinary manner with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. As a masseur and medical lifeguard, you then have the opportunity to train to become a physiotherapist.
Massage therapists work with:
- the right temperature
- medicinal baths,
- Kneipp treatments
Budding masseurs learn more than 30 different massage techniques in the course of their training. The application of the massage technique depends on the clinical picture. In addition, there are also preventive treatments and rehabilitative measures - for example after illness or injury. Medical masseurs, for example, use manual lymphatic drainage, which allows pent-up tissue fluid to drain away. The teaching schedule includes not only practical knowledge, but also dry subject matter such as professional law, anatomy and physiology, general and special pathology and of course hygiene regulations. First aid and bandage technology as well as in pedagogy, sociology and of course massage techniques are also part of it. The state examination follows at the end. A six-month internship must then be completed. Only then can you call yourself a “masseur”.
Professional profile of wellness masseur
The biggest difference between that Wellness masseur and the medical masseur is that the offer of a wellness masseur is aimed at healthy people and relaxation and well-being are the goal, not healing. A wellness masseur is allowed to offer massages in Germany, but has to offer this as a “service for wellness” and not as “therapy for healing” in order to clearly differentiate himself from the medical masseur. The training to become a wellness masseur, also known as a massage therapist or massage practitioner, takes place at many private training centers and is completed in the shortest possible time (from 2 days). The training content is very different depending on the provider and can include the following topics:
- Aromatherapy massage
- Cosmetic facial massage
- Back massage according to Breuss
- Hot Stone Massage
- Lomi Lomi Nui massage
Medical massage therapists mostly work, as the name suggests, in the medical field. Wherever healing is in the foreground: hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, old people's homes, massage practices, spas, health centers and similar facilities.
Wellness masseurs work in areas where well-being, not healing, is the focus. these are SPAS, Cosmetic studios, wellness baths, hotels, sauna facilities, mobile massages for example with corporate customers, at events and trade fairs and other events. The areas of application of wellness masseurs are diverse, the training is short and without prior knowledge - why not use the opportunity and generate an additional or additional income with it? As a mobile masseur you don't even need your own practice!