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Questions You Should Ask Your New Massage Therapist

Mar 21, 2008
When you are selecting a new massage therapist, it is important that you ask them specific questions to ensure that they are qualified to provide their services. The practice of massage therapy is a very important one, however there is a seedy element that hides under the cover of massage services. Therefore, it is important to make certain that you are dealing with professionals who indeed offer their services as massage therapists.

The first question that you should ask a massage therapist is whether or not they are licensed or certified to operate as a practitioner. However, if they tell you that they are not licensed, this is not necessarily a red flag. Some states do not require massage therapists to become licensed or certified, so make sure to contact your state's licensing board and find out what the requirements are for a massage therapist. Once you know what the requirements are, ask the therapist if they have met those requirements. You should also ask to see their license or certificate if it is not openly displayed in his or her office.

After you are satisfied with the massage therapist's certifications, you should ask the massage therapist how long they have been in practice. Additionally, you may want to ask for references from previous clients. This is a great way to determine if the massage therapist will be a good fit for you. You may find that you simply prefer a therapist who has longer experience. This is perfectly fine. You are the one who will be receiving the massage; therefore it is important that you feel 100% comfortable with the therapist.

Once the massage therapist determines what your needs are, you will want to make sure that you discuss your options. The massage therapist should be able to tell you ahead of time what type of treatment they recommend. They should provide you with a detailed assessment of what type of massage they will do, and let you know what type of oil they will use. If the therapist does not offer this information, you should have no qualms about asking. Communication is an essential component of a good relationship with a massage therapist. You should feel that your needs and preferences have been taken into consideration before you agree to let a massage therapist work on you.

Typically, when one thinks of massage, they associate the experience with relaxation, tranquility, and a wonderful relief from stress. However, there are certain therapeutic massage techniques that apply more friction to deep muscle tissue and may leave you feeling sore or tender afterwards. Your massage therapist should always let you know in advance if any technique that he or she is going to use has the potential of leaving your sore.

A very important question to ask that many people often fail to realize is whether or not you should have your health care provider's approval before agreeing to a massage. Some physician may recommend that you abstain from massages due to certain medical conditions. You should always consult with your health care provider and let them know if you are considering a massage. In fact, if your doctor approves massage therapy for a needed health condition, there is a good chance that your health insurance will cover it.
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Jonathan Hook offers a free e-course on Massage Therapy techniques. Go now to fullmassagetherapy.info to claim your copy.
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