What the different therapy titles mean
Masseur (male), Masseuse (female) or Massage Therapist
Sports Massage Therapist
Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist
Soft Tissue Therapist
Other commonly used titles
Deep Tissue Therapist:
Trigger Point Therapist:
Sports Injury Therapist:
What Title should we use?
Because there is no Statutory Regulation in this sector therapists can use any title that is not otherwise protected, like Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor. However, the title must be fair and honest so you should only use the correct title that fits your qualification. It is not illegal for a Level 3 massage therapist to call themselves a Soft Tissue Therapist but this is not honest and could be judged unfair by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Professional indemnity Insurance is based on the training level of the therapist. So if a Level 3 or 4 massage therapists claims to be a Soft Tissue Therapists and treats specific injuries, they may no longer be covered by their insurance.
Because Soft Tissue Therapy includes Sports Massage, and this can still be a big part of the job, it is still fair and honest for them to use the ‘Sports Massage’ title if they want to. Indeed, many use both and have two different business cards to promote both aspects of their work.