Advice for Massage Therapy
by Maryanne Lane LMT
Massage is one of the best things you can do for your body, as it stirs things up and gets the blood circulating and muscles moving more smoothly. But finding the best therapist for your style and needs is key. Here's a look at some things to consider when searching for a massage therapist.
How to Find a Therapist
Word of mouth is the best way to find a great therapist, so ask your friends for a referral. It's important to communicate your needs to your prospective therapist, so make a list of questions to ask her before setting up an appointment. You should also think about what you want in a massage and in a therapist, because she probably will have a set of questions for you, as well.
What Do I Ask?
There are many types of massage, so determine what type you want. You'll be able to choose between relaxation, stress reduction and deep tissue massages, among others.
Check to make sure the therapist you choose is licensed or certified and find out how many years they have been in the business. Consult the American Massage Therapy Association resource listed below or call your state licensing bureau.
What to Expect
Expect a professional greeting, clean sheets and a comfortable, peaceful setting. Don't be afraid to communicate whether the therapist is massaging you too strenuously, not deeply enough or just right. After all, it's your massage and you're paying for it. Remember to drink plenty of water after your massage to flush out the toxins that are circulating through your body.