Sadly, most of us have had a not-so-good massage experience. This could be because you didn’t choose the best massage or simply because the therapist just wasn’t the one for you. Maybe you haven’t had a bad experience because you’ve gotten lucky with finding a great therapist or because you’ve never gotten a massage. Whichever it may be, there are some things you can do to help find you the best therapist for you. Because after all, you are spending your money looking to receive a relaxing massage.
KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT
Everyone’s looking for something different when getting a massage. So make sure to ask for exactly what it is you’re searching for. Whether you’re looking for something to ease the pain or just stress relief, be sure you know exactly what you want. Every massage is different and works towards a different outcome, so making sure you know what it is you want to achieve is important, especially when trying to find the best therapist for yourself.
FIND OUT ABOUT DIFFERENT METHODS
When looking for the best therapist it’s also important to make sure you know all about the different modalities. There are a variety of different methods that therapists learn and can be trained in. You should find out more about what types of services and practices are offered around you. If you’re just looking for a massage that feels good then pretty much any normal spa massage would work for you. However if you’re interested in something for pain or tension relief, then you should take the time to look for somebody who is trained in that area of massage therapy.
DISCOVER WHAT YOU LIKE
After establishing your hopes for the massage and deciding which method is the best for you, you should start to think about your preferences whenever it comes down to it. Where would you like to have the therapy take place? Would you rather have it take place at an office or at your own home? Do you have a preference where you would like it to take place or how you want the settings to be? Would you only want to get a massage if it took place with low lights and calming music? Once you decide what it is that you want during your session, look on their website or contact them to be sure about the details. You can find out more about the therapist by asking the right questions.
DO SOME RESEARCH
Before you make a final decision on a therapist, there are a few things to keep in mind. You could look online to see if there is anything about them on there and then contact them for a short conversation and to ask a few questions. You could ask them any question you feel you need to know before, here are some:
What kind of education in massage therapy do they have?
Did they attend a well-known recognized school? Or did they go to a small school that nobody knows about? It may be important…
How long have they been doing it?
The longer they’ve been working and the more patients they’ve worked with will let you know that they know what they’re doing more so than someone who hasn’t been doing it as long or hasn’t had as many customers. Because of the further experience, it will be more effective and probably a better experience for you.
What kind of people do they normally work with and what are their treatment goals?
Depending on who you go to, some therapists work more with children or older adults while some focus on athletes and people who do hard work. With this being said, if you play sports and are looking to get a massage you probably shouldn’t choose someone who focuses more on seniors.
What’s their preferred method?
Some therapists may tell you they would rather give deep tissue massages than a more light massage and not using much force. It’s good to know what it is that they like to since that is what they’re skilled at. Also think about asking them why they do the work that they do; someone who loves what they do will always be more passionate.
Aside from asking questions, be sure to read through their reviews. Even though everyone’s experience will vary, you should still be able to tell whether someone is going to be a good therapist or not based on what others have said. If more of their reviews are good you have a better chance of getting a good quality therapist and massage, however everybody differs and so does what they like and what they want from a session.
GIVE THEM A SHOT
The only real way to decide whether or not someone works for you is by testing them out. You could schedule a shorter session to get a feel for them and if you find that you like them and are enjoying yourself you can extend your session.