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Massage Therapist Practice Test

This exam contains questions that cover the realms of therapeutic massage and bodywork practice.

The Massage Therapist Practice Exam has questions in regard to these topics: ethics, business, and legal practices, professional standards, body systems, anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.

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Massage Therapist Practice Exam

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Question 1
Please mark the appropriate action that ought to be taken if a client makes repeated sexual suggestions during a massage:
A
Ask the client to leave
B
Stop immediately and politely tell the client that the massage is over
C
Call the supervisor and tell them to escort the client off the premises
D
None of the above
Question 1 Explanation: 
Stop immediately and politely tell the client that the massage is over
Question 2
Please mark the term which describes the set of moral ideals that shape a person’s or group’s behavior:
A
Philosophy
B
Ethics
C
Laws
D
Human rights
Question 2 Explanation: 
Ethics
Question 3
Please mark the one which describes an economical way to boost your business:
A
TV show
B
Highway billboard
C
Gift cards
D
Rent a small shop
Question 3 Explanation: 
Gift cards
Question 4
How long should tax records be kept? 
A
10 years
B
1 year
C
Indefinitely
D
5 years
Question 4 Explanation: 
Tax records should be indefinitely kept in case of an audition by the IRS.
Question 5
What should one do if they receive a tip?
A
Put it in their pocket and forget about it
B
Record it for tax purposes
C
Refuse to accept it
D
Offer it to charity
Question 5 Explanation: 
Record it for tax purposes
Question 6
Please mark what WOULDN'T help in smart business planning:
A
Setting goals
B
Purchasing a three years supply of facial oils
C
Creating a business plan
D
Creating a mission statement
Question 6 Explanation: 
Purchasing a three years supply of facial oils
Question 7
How many owners/partners are there in a sole proprietorship?
A
2
B
3+
C
1
D
10+
Question 7 Explanation: 
1 owner
Question 8
Please mark the type of protection that a massage therapist should have:
A
Brass knuckles
B
Life insurance
C
Liability insurance
D
Retirement fund
Question 8 Explanation: 
Massage therapists should have liability insurance.
Question 9
When a client gives one's contact information to potential clients, this is considered:
A
Illegal disclosure
B
Advertising
C
Referrals
D
Bartering
Question 9 Explanation: 
Referrals
Question 10
Please mark one of the following which is not considered a business expense:
A
Flowers for the massage office
B
Uniform
C
Hand soap for the massage toilet
D
Pedicure for the massage therapist
Question 10 Explanation: 
Pedicure for the massage therapist is not a business expense.
Question 11
Please mark the correct description of ABMP:
A
Agreement Between Massage Professionals
B
Applied Basics for the Massage Profession
C
Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
D
Always Believe in Massage Principles
Question 11 Explanation: 
ABMP stands for Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Question 12
Please mark one of the following which is not a massage organization:
A
AMMA
B
ABMP
C
IMA
D
AMTA
Question 12 Explanation: 
AMMA is not a massage organization.
Question 13
Please mark one of the following which is not a violation of the NCBTMB code of ethics:
A
Offering sexual massage to a client
B
Telling a client massage can cure their disease
C
Refusing to treat a person that you may feel uncomfortable massaging
D
Letting other therapists read a client’s file without his/her permission
Question 13 Explanation: 
Refusing to treat a person that you may feel uncomfortable massaging is not a violation of the NCBTMB code.
Question 14
Please mark the agency which is responsible for protecting the privacy of health information:
A
HHS
B
HIPAA
C
TSA
D
Homeland Security
Question 14 Explanation: 
HIPAA is responsible for protecting the privacy of health information.
Question 15
What should the therapist do if they notice a spot that keeps on enlarging on the skin of their regular client?
A
The therapist should bring it to their client's attention and suggest to see a doctor
B
The therapist should ignore it
C
The therapist should try to massage it away
D
The therapist should stop the massage
Question 15 Explanation: 
The therapist should bring it to the client's attention and suggest to see a doctor.
Question 16
What action should be taken by the therapists when it is time for the client to disrobe?
A
The therapist should stay in the room and act cool
B
The therapist should offer help
C
The therapist should excuse themselves from the room
D
The therapist should just turn around
Question 16 Explanation: 
The therapist should excuse themselves from the room
Question 17
Please mark the professional way of interviewing a client:
A
Add them on Instagram
B
Examine the information sheet they filled out with them before starting
C
Take them out for a drink
D
Start massaging and start a chit chat
Question 17 Explanation: 
Examine the information sheet they filled out with them before starting.
Question 18
Please mark the two forms of communication during a massage session:
A
Loud and clear
B
Soft and low
C
Verbal and non-verbal
D
Passive and aggressive
Question 18 Explanation: 
Verbal and non-verbal communication.
Question 19
Which of these tactics would increase the income in one's massage business?
A
Undercharging for the rates
B
Keeping poor records
C
Selling packages for multiple sessions to a client to ensure future visits
D
Lacking organization
Question 19 Explanation: 
Selling packages for multiple sessions to a client to ensure future visits.
Question 20
Please mark one of the following of which a small business owner is not responsible for:
A
Paying their own taxes
B
Getting good health coverage
C
Creating their own oils
D
Stock and inventory
Question 20 Explanation: 
Small business owners are not responsible for creating their own oils.
Question 21
Please mark one of the following which you consider not to be a part of practicing good ethics:
A
Being honest with the clients
B
Burning candles in the massage room
C
Washing sheets after each massage
D
Keeping the client’s confidentiality
Question 21 Explanation: 
Burning candles in the massage room is not a part of practicing good ethics.
Question 22
What could happen to a therapist if they give a massage while under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
A
The therapist could make a bad judgment.
B
The therapist could be sued.
C
The therapist could lose their massage license.
D
All of the above.
Question 22 Explanation: 
All of the above.
Question 23
Who is responsible for renting a space for massage?
A
Construction builder
B
Police agent
C
Leasing agent
D
IRS agent
Question 23 Explanation: 
The leasing agent is responsible for renting spaces.
Question 24
Please mark the significant aspect of assessing and treating a client:
A
Insurance questionnaire
B
Initial telephone interview
C
SOAP notes
D
Personality test
Question 24 Explanation: 
SOAP notes are a significant aspect of assessing and treating a client.
Question 25
Please mark one of the following which would not increase one's business:
A
Put fliers on car windows
B
Waiting for people to walk in the door
C
Offer a discount to a local business office
D
Printing business cards
Question 25 Explanation: 
Waiting for people to walk in the door would not increase one's business.
Question 26
What is expected from an employee of a massage business?
A
Promptness
B
A proper dress code
C
Showing courtesy to clients
D
All of the above
Question 26 Explanation: 
All of the above
Question 27
What should a therapist do if they hear a rumor that one of their colleagues has been actin inappropriately with clients?
A
Argue with the colleague
B
Ignore the entire situation
C
Speak with their supervisor as soon as possible
D
Ask the clients about the rumor
Question 27 Explanation: 
The therapist should speak with their supervisor as soon as possible.
Question 28
Please mark the method of payment that one can expect to be taxed for:
A
Bartering
B
Gift certificates
C
Both A and B
D
None of the above
Question 28 Explanation: 
One can expect to be taxed for both bartering and gift certificates.
Question 29
Please mark the most appropriate way for a therapist to handle extremely unpleasant post-massage feedback from a client:
A
Defend yourself and dispute their remarks
B
Listen carefully and express gratitude for their input
C
Refuse payment
D
Offer a discount for the next sessions
Question 29 Explanation: 
The therapist should listen carefully to the client and express gratitude for their input.
Question 30
In which part of SOAP notes would the assessing posture take place?
A
S
B
O
C
A
D
P
Question 30 Explanation: 
It takes place in the "O" part of SOAP notes.
Question 31
Please mark the energy-based treatment that is non-invasive and used to restore balance and health to the entire body:
A
Shiatsu
B
Reflexology
C
Therapeutic Touch
D
Rolfing
Question 31 Explanation: 
It is the Therapeutic Touch.
Question 32
What is the name of one of the categories of physiological effects of massage?
A
Resisted
B
Assisted
C
Manual
D
Mechanical
Question 32 Explanation: 
Mechanical physiological effect of massage
Question 33
Please mark what you consider to be the most significant question that ought to be posed to a new client?
A
Have you ever had a massage before?
B
Where do you live?
C
Do you prefer heat in your massage session?
D
Who referred you to me for this treatment?
Question 33 Explanation: 
The most important question to ask the client is if they have ever had a massage before.
Question 34
Please mark the correct type of Swedish massage strokes according to lifting, pulling, rolling, and squeezing strokes:
A
Vibration
B
Petrissage
C
Percussion
D
Friction
Question 34 Explanation: 
Petrissage
Question 35
What would be the correct order of strokes according to Swedish massage techniques?
A
Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, and Tapotement
B
Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Tapotement, and Vibration
C
Effleurage, Friction, Petrissage, Vibration, and Tapotement
D
Effleurage, Vibration, Petrissage, Friction, and Tapotement
Question 35 Explanation: 
The correct order is effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration, and tapotement.
Question 36
What muscle group should be stretched to a client who is complaining about a tight bicep femoris?
A
Hamstrings
B
Quadriceps
C
Flexors of the humerus
D
Extensors of the humerus
Question 36 Explanation: 
The hamstrings should be stretched in the case of a tight bicep femoris.
Question 37
What should a massage therapist do if they face a client with an extreme case of dandruff who insists to have a scalp massage during treatment?
A
The therapist should ignore the client and complete the massage without a scalp treatment.
B
The therapist should inform the client that they have a bad case of dandruff and it is contraindicated to massage the scalp.
C
The therapist should tell the client that they need to address the dandruff prior to coming for a massage session.
D
The therapist should latex gloves to do the scalp massage.
Question 37 Explanation: 
The massage therapist should use latex gloves to do the scalp massage.
Question 38
What should a therapist do if their client asks to be helped into a seated position because they feel dizzy and disoriented after the session?
A
The therapist should help the client sit up and stay with them
B
The therapist should call the client’s doctor or an emergency if their condition worsens
C
The therapist should provide the client with some water or juice to drink
D
All of the above
Question 38 Explanation: 
All of the above
Question 39
What should a therapist who is performing ROM exercises with his client do if they want to assess the deltoid muscle?
A
Supination
B
Pronation
C
Adduction
D
Abduction
Question 39 Explanation: 
They should do an abduction.
Question 40
What type of massage therapy would be best to use on the lower legs in the case of edema (swelling)?
A
Shiatsu
B
Lymphatic drain
C
Trigger point therapy
D
Acupressure
Question 40 Explanation: 
Lymphatic drain technique is the best type of massage technique for edema.
Question 41
Please mark the appropriate type of massage therapy stroke that should be used if one plans to compress the superficial layers of tissue into underlying tissue and bone:
A
Petrissage
B
Effleurage
C
Friction
D
Vibration
Question 41 Explanation: 
Friction is the best massage therapy stroke to use in this case.
Question 42
Please mark which f the following is/are not considered a true benefit of massage:
A
Eliminates cellulite
B
Reduces weight
C
Increases muscle tone
D
All of the above
Question 42 Explanation: 
All of the above.
Question 43
Which muscles should be treated in the case of torticollis?
A
Levator scapula
B
Sternocleidomastoid
C
Erector spinae
D
Platysma
Question 43 Explanation: 
Sternocleidomastoid
Question 44
What are the primary areas the therapist should focus on to help pain relieve caused by plantar fasciitis?
A
Neck and chest
B
Arms and hands
C
Thighs and gluteals
D
Lower legs and feet
Question 44 Explanation: 
Lower legs and feet should be the primary areas of focus.
Question 45
What does the letter C in R.I.C.E stand for?
A
Compress
B
Cryotherapy
C
Cervical
D
Cranium
Question 45 Explanation: 
C-Compress.
Question 46
Which area is assessed by the therapist in a case of inflammation in the inguinal lymph nodes?
A
Cervical
B
Femoral
C
Popliteal
D
Axillary
Question 46 Explanation: 
The femoral endangerment area.
Question 47
The suffix "itis" at the end of a root word indicates:
A
Inflammation
B
Infection
C
Dehydration
D
Both B and C
Question 47 Explanation: 
The suffix “itis” indicates inflammation.
Question 48
On which bone would one palpate the origin of the pectoralis minor?
A
The acromion process
B
The acromion process
C
The first to third ribs
D
The third to fifth ribs
Question 48 Explanation: 
The pectoralis minor originates in the anterior surfaces of the third to fifth ribs.
Question 49
Please mark the sign that indicates the effects caused by "Bell's palsy":
A
Pain in the chest
B
Edema in the lower legs
C
Weakness, drooping or paralysis in the face
D
Lower back pain
Question 49 Explanation: 
One of the signs is weakness, drooping or paralysis in the face.
Question 50
What should a therapist do if they during a session they notice a rash on the client's back?
A
The therapist should use light Swedish massage over the area
B
The therapist should end the massage after letting the client know that they have a contagious skin infection
C
The therapist should ask the client if they are aware of the rash and avoid the area
D
The therapist should apply hot packs to the area
Question 50 Explanation: 
The therapist should ask the client if they are aware of the rash and avoid the area.
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