Top 5 Things To Look for When Choosing a Massage Therapist
Alternative Medicine & Wellbeing, Massage Therapy
At some point in their lives, most people will visit a massage therapist for treatment. Whether it is for a therapeutic or relaxation purpose, there are some things you need to look for when choosing the right therapist for you.
Prior to choosing a therapist, it is beneficial to understand your own needs and to assess the suitability and qualifications of potential therapists. You may want treatment for stress, general relaxation, quick recovery from a sporting injury, or relief of general aches and pains. Therapists are certified for different massage types, such as reflexology, sports massage, relaxation, or lymphatic drainage. Knowing what sort of treatment you are looking for can help you choose the right massage therapist for you.
Conducting a brief interview with a potential therapist will assist with making your decision. Appearance is very important. Is the therapist professionally dressed? Is the massage room neat and clean? Ask if client references are available, and about their professional experience or client history. It is important that the therapist is licensed or certified for the State in which they are practising. Most states require therapists to be licensed, to ensure that the therapist is professionally trained. To ensure your therapist is licensed, ask about their qualifications and look around for a certificate or license on display in their office.
Working out a budget is particularly important if you will need to have ongoing treatment. The general rule of thumb is that the more experienced the therapist, the more expensive. Some therapists offer discounts if you book a certain number of treatments. Be sure to research therapists in your local area to find one that is suitably priced for your needs.
The therapist should ask you to fill out a confidential client history form. This information provides the therapist with details of any health issues you have or may still be experiencing, any medication you are taking and your problematic areas. This will help the therapist to treat you accordingly, making it a personalised experience. You should advise your therapist of any skin sensitivities you may have, and ask about the products and oils they use. Generally, the therapist will use a moisturiser and specialised oils to help relieve the problem you are experiencing, most of which are suitable for sensitive skin.
Finally, when choosing a therapist, it is important that you feel comfortable with them. A massage therapist should be intuitive and understanding of your needs. Communication with your therapist is the key to receiving exactly what you want. Be sure to advise what depth of touch you are most comfortable with, whether it is light or deep pressure. Make sure you give your therapist feedback – they will not know if you are enjoying the massage unless you tell them. Receiving a massage is a relaxing experience, it is important that you are happy with the therapists’ procedure. If you feel any discomfort, don't be afraid to let them know.
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