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How To Choose A Massage Therapist That Is Right For You

Jun 5, 2008
Choosing a massage therapist is just as important as the type of massage you receive. When it comes to finding a massage therapist you will want to make sure that the therapist is licensed and has the proper credentials.

You should ask them what licensing they have and also ask them if they are a member of any trade associations. One governing board that you can check with to verify a massage therapists certification if the American Massage Therapy Association. They will also be able to point you to a massage therapist in you area who is licensed and certified.

If you have never had a professional massage before, you may be understandably nervous. One thing to consider is the fact that most professional massage therapists will allow you a free test massage. This will not be a full session, but it will be enough to let you know if you feel that you can receive any benefits from the therapist. This is a great way to test the massage therapist services as well as see if you feel comfortable with him or her.

It is very important to make sure that you are contracting the services of a licensed, professional massage therapist. Make sure that you check their credentials with the American Massage Therapy Association.

In addition to checking with massage organizations, many people also find massage therapists through word of mouth. If you have a friend or family member who swears by their therapist, then you may just want to give them a call and set up an appointment.

When you find a massage therapist that you are interested in, it is important to arrange a session where you can interview the practitioner. You should never agree to a massage from someone with whom you feel uncomfortable. The key to a successful massage is relaxation, and if you do not feel comfortable with the massage therapist, you will not be relaxed.

Take your time and choose your therapist carefully. Interview them and ask them questions. If you do not feel comfortable then choose another therapist. When you find the therapist that best meets your needs, you will appreciate the fact that you took the time to find someone you feel relaxed with.

Some things to take into consideration when you are choosing a massage therapist is whether or not they have open communication with you. This means that before the therapist touches your body, they should have a clear understanding of where you are feeling tight muscles, tension, or pain. Ask yourself whether or not the massage therapist is taking the time to find out how you feel.

You should also feel comfortable with the degree of privacy that the massage therapist provides for you. There is no need for the therapist to see you completely disrobed. If you do not feel that your privacy is being respected, then you should consider finding another massage therapist. The therapist should respect your privacy, from the time you disrobe, throughout the massage, and afterwards.

Finally, it is important that you feel comfortable enough with your therapist to let him or her know if you are sensing any pain or discomfort throughout the session. The ideal situation is that the therapist will continually ask for your feedback on the degree of pressure they are using for the massage. However, if they do not ask, be sure to let them know if you are experiencing any discomfort.
About the Author
James Thomas is co-founder of Touch Of Aloha. An organization dedicated to teaching Lomi Lomi , Hot Stone Massage and Spa Therapies .
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