Choosing the massage therapist that's right for you
Typically, when you decide to get a
you have some idea as to why you're going. You
may want to relieve stress, tension, pain, insomnia,
depression or a variety of other problems.
Deciding you need a massage therapist is the
easy part, choosing one is often more difficult.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Ask a friend. If you have a friend who
sees a massage therapist don't be shy and ask them for a
Speak with the massage therapist to making
an appointment. A good massage therapist will be
willing to discuss your expectations and what style
of massage will work best to relieve your symptoms.
Inquire about their fees. Typically a
massage will last one hour but it is a good idea
to ask how long the massage will last and whether
they allow extra time at the end of your session for
rebooking and discussion, if necessary.
Inquire about their facilities -- you may
prefer to be seen an office setting rather than in
the home of the massage therapist.
Credentials are important -- making sure the
massage therapist is licensed! Ask about how long they've been
practicing, where they were schooled, how many hours
of training did they complete and if they've had any
advanced training in specific massage techniques.
Finally, if you are uncomfortable being fully
undressed, you can discuss alternative options with
your massage therapist. A good massage therapist will be
accommodating to your needs, if they're not, you
can always find a massage therapist who will.
Because massage is so personal taking the time
to find a good match between client and massage therapist will
greatly improve your experience.