How much do you know about massage and massage techniques? We bet there are many massage facts you don’t know. See how much massage trivia you know – take the Zeel Massage quiz!
1. How many hours of training do massage therapists need before getting a massage license?
2. Which of the following oils is not recommended for massage?
a) Jojoba oil
b) Mineral oil
c) Coconut oil
d) Grapeseed oil
3. I need to remove all my clothing for a table massage.
4. What is the median age of a massage therapist in the United States?
5. What does the term Shiatsu mean in English?
a) King of massage
b) Four dragons
c) Finger pressure
d) Muscle relaxation
Question 1: c, 500
Most massage licensing programs require a minimum of 500 hours of supervised massage therapy training, though some states, like New York, require up to 1,000 hours.
Question 2: b, Mineral oil
Massage therapists do not recommend the use of mineral oil in massage, as it is not absorbed into the skin. Rather, it creates a barrier on the surface of the skin, clogging pores and preventing the body from expelling toxins.
Jojoba oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil are all good massage oils. If you want a scent-free massage oil, choose grapeseed oil.
Question 3: b, False
While massage therapists recommend you remove as much clothing as you feel comfortable doing, there is no need to completely disrobe. In fact, some massage techniques, like Thai massage, do not require the removal of any pieces of clothing.
Question 4: e, 45
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, the median age of a massage therapist in 2015 was 45. About 21% of massage therapists in 2015 were 35 years old or younger.
Question 5: c, Finger pressure
While Shiatsu evolved in the 14th century in Japan from a pre-existing massage technique called anma, it gained its name in the early 20th century. In Japanese, shi means finger and atsu means pressure.
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.