Massage therapists need to keep updated on several levels, I would say almost constantly, for the safety of the client as well as themselves. Scientific research being conducted on the effects of massage is a boon to our profession and outcomes of this research is valuable knowledge which can be shared with the entire healthcare community and for client education. It is important to be updated on the multitude of drugs coming to market, learning their side affects & interactions with the massage client. These are just a few of the reasons I continue my knowledge base via news, professional memberships, medical reviews and taking continuing education classes specific to my career.