How to Choose a Massage Therapist

I have been such a slacker posting here, mainly because I didn’t think anyone was reading my thoughts, but today someone told me that they do read my blog, so I will continue. I would appreciate notes and comments to give me ides for future entries.

This person asked me how to pick a massage therapist.  That’s a good question! If you’ve never had a massage and you have no idea what qualifies someone as a “good” massage therapist, how can you pick? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Gut feelings – Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable around a certain person, but you can’t quite put your finger on why, you will never go wrong by following that instinct. The reason may come to you later. But in the meantime, don’t force yourself to trust someone when your instincts tell you to get away from them. And the reverse is also true!
  • Recommendations – Ask around. Find out if any of your friends can recommend a massage therapist that they have gone to.  My business runs on referrals.  I have offered clients discounts or free massages for sending me referrals.
  • Licensure – In my state, there is a fairly rigorous standard for obtaining a License to Practice. I had to receive several hundred hours of education, get 100 hours of clinial experience, pass a criminal background check, and pass a rigorous written exam on anatomy, physiology, ethics, etc. If your state requires massage therapists to be licensed, that means they have been properly trained, and their license should be posted in a visible place.
  • Try it out – Sometimes what it all boils down to is your actual experience. Go ahead and book a massage. Then think about the experience. Was the massage office clean and the atmosphere relaxing? Did the massage meet your expectations? Did the massage therapist interview you before the massage to find out about your reasons for being there? Did they address those issues during the massage? Did they allow you to relax, only talking to ask questions regarding the massage, or did they chat about the weather and politics and the neighbor’s dog the whole time? Did you WANT to talk about the neighbor’s dog? (I allow my clients to talk about whatever they want to talk about, if they feel like talking.) How was the draping? Did you feel securely covered, or were you worried that something was being exposed? If you requested more or less pressure, did the massage therapist honor your request?

These are a few suggestions for considering which massage therapist to choose. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment!

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