In the previous blogs we discussed what to look for when searching massage near me or spa near me and going through the reviews, whether to go franchise or family owned and how to choose the right session length.
Today we’re going to discuss the right therapist. How do you choose which massage therapist for what you desire as the outcome for that session, or your wellness regimen?
First let’s discuss what questions should be asked of your therapist to ensure a good fit.
What is your educational background?
What are your favorite modalities?
What type of client do you work with primarily?
How many years have you been in practice?
These questions will make sense to you by the end of this blog post.
The two most common reasons people receive body work is to ease or fix pain and to relax, to let go.
So, the first question you need to ask yourself is, what do I want out of this session, or what is my long-term goals.
Let’s take a look at relaxing, de-stressing or letting go as our session outcome or long-term goal.
When you ask the question of education, they should be trained in modalities such as Swedish, Hot Stone, Lomi Lomi, Aroma Therapy Massage, Shiatsu and perhaps you could toss in Deep Tissue.
There are others of course but those would be some of the most popular modalities for relaxing and letting go.
How long have you been practicing in this case doesn’t really matter if they are in tune and focused combined with well trained. A beginner could offer you a great relaxation massage as well as a veteran.
As far as what type of client do you work with normally or what is your favorite modalities, if they don’t enjoy spa work, they may not be for you. If they prefer pain clients and preform primarily Rolfing on their clients, it won’t be a good fit.
Tell therapist what you really want and together you can sort out whether or not it’s going to be for you.
Now when it comes to pain management or serious health issues, this is where experience and proper education is going to go a long way to offer you results and for your safety.
What is your educational background and your favorite modalities, should sound something like this.
I have studied advance Myo-fascial, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Structural Integration, Passive Aggressive Stretch, Thai Yoga, Lymph Drainage, Rolfing and I studied those because there what I enjoy to do and they get results.
Now depending on where they are in their career stage, they won’t have had to study all of those but just some combination of the above.
Which brings us to, how long have you been practicing.
I would say a least 5 years’ experience, I could go as low as 3 years if they have had great training.
And they better prefer working with clients in which have repetition injuries, chronic pain, sports injuries, or want injury prevention or postural correction
Of course, it doesn’t have to be all the above but some combination of those and others.
Now if you have read the last 4 blog post on How To choose the Right Massage Therapist, those insights were based on 2 decades of experience as a practitioner and a consumer of these services. Rather right or wrong, they are just my opinion.
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