Deciding Which Type of Massage is Right for You
Massage therapy has become so popular there are now many different types of massage offered. If you’...
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Choosing a Massage Therapist

Choosing a massage therapist can be a serious undertaking as you naturally want to select a massage therapist who is sufficiently qualified to provide relief of aches and pains without increasing problems. The right massage therapist should be professional as well as trustworthy and someone who will listen to your needs.

It is always a good idea to do a bit of shopping around before selecting a massage therapist. Find out about pricing information and the types of massage therapy offered by each therapist. You may also want to give a few massage therapists a test drive before selecting a final therapist. This will allow you to find out which therapist will truly listen to your needs and respect you. Obviously, if you feel uncomfortable for any reason during a massage therapy session, this therapist may not be the right one for you. If you are not able to relax during your session it will be difficult to achieve maximum benefits.

When searching for a massage therapist it is also a good idea to make sure that you cover several important areas. First, always make sure you are dealing with a licensed/certified therapist. While there are some states that do not have licensing requirements at the state level, there may be local licensure requirements. If you’re not sure about the requirements for your particular area, inquire where the therapist attained their education.

It is also important to find out how much experience the therapist has. Ask how long they’ve been in the business. While it isn’t necessarily a good idea to rule out someone who is new to the business, experience can also speak volumes.
In addition, find out what kinds of massage therapy are offered and what kinds of pressure are used in the sessions. For example, do they specialize in deep or light pressure. If this is your first massage therapy session, it is usually a good idea to go with a more light touch.

When asking about pricing, be sure to find out whether the therapist charges by session or by the hour. If the therapist you choose is very focused on time they may charge for one hour exactly and that includes the amount of time it takes for you to get undressed and positioned on the table. You should also find out whether the therapist accepts outcalls and if so whether there is an additional charge for this. It can be quite relaxing to have the therapist come to your home and perform your massage. Generally, there is an additional charge for this, so be aware of this up front.

You may also wish to ask whether you can select either a male or a female therapist. Some people are simply more comfortable with a therapist of the same or opposite sex. If you have a preference in this matter, ask about this before scheduling your appointment.

If you are having a therapeutic massage because you are experiencing a particular problem, or especially if you are having a pregnancy massage, always ask ahead of time whether the therapist has experience with that problem or if they are certified for that type of massage.

In the end, the goal of massage therapy is to achieve health benefits and achieve relaxation. While it may take a bit of time in the beginning, it is well worth it to find the right therapist for you. Don’t be afraid to ask whatever questions are necessary up front to choose the right massage therapist. These questions can help avoid confusion and ensure you achieve the most benefits possible from your massage therapy session.
 
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