A massage therapist is a worker who helps people recover from a variety of ailments by manipulating muscles and pressure points to relieve pain, stress, improve circulation, and increase overall well-being. A massage therapist and a massage therapist do the same job; the only difference is that the term massage therapist is gender specific and refers to women. Massage therapists, on the other hand, can be of any gender. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the same standard occupational code (31-901) for both designations, and for male specific masseuses, rolfers, and massage therapists.
There is no such thing as a standard massage therapy practice. One of the reasons people choose this profession is because of the flexibility it offers in terms of working hours, independence and choice of locations and types of practice.