UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine massage therapist Marcia Degelman (left) works on an infant in UCSF's neonatal intensive care. The goal of massage therapy is to alleviate pain, improve circulation and relax muscles. The daily chores of a massage therapist revolve mostly. Shmoop guide to the day -to- day working life of a. He begins his day with a leisurely walk through his Zen garden, brews himself a pot of orange pekoe tea, It's a new client—a woman who's here to try out a forty-five-minute massage.