The Right Therapist
It’s sometimes said that you’re not picking a therapy, you’re picking a therapist. And nowhere is this truer than in massage therapy. Massage Therapy is a relatively new field, and even as more research and theory is emerging about the benefits of massage and how it works with your body, many therapists work with their own philosophy of how to approach a client. It really helps to find someone that you line up with so you enjoy your treatments and get more benefit from them. Many therapists also have an area that they enjoy working in more or have even invested time in for specialized training, making them more qualified to work within a certain area more than another. When looking for a therapist, keep some points in mind.
What are you looking to get from a massage? Are you looking to feel pampered and relaxed? Do you have a specific issue you want worked on? Keep these things in mind when looking.
- Is there a kind of massage you are interested in? For example, I am certified in Nueromuscular Therapy along with Massage Therapy. Maybe you are interested in sports massage, Swedish massage, Thai Massage or Shiatsu. Different therapists have different training.
- Do you have a medical situation that needs to be considered? There are therapists out there who are trained to work with special populations, be they seniors, cancer patients, or even Alzheimer’s. All you have to do is ask!
- Are you sensitive to certain substances or environments? Ask ahead of time if the therapist uses scented lotion, aromatherapy, or has wool in their sheets. If they do, you can ask them if they could take care to not expose you if you schedule with them. (If you are curious, I keep two separate hypoallergenic lotions on hand, use flannel sheets, and do not utilize any essential oils in the studio to keep it safe for people with allergies or sensitivities.)
- Did the therapist have you give any health information and ask you questions before your session?
- Do you feel the therapist catered the massage to your needs? Example, did she adjust the pressure when asked, explain what she was doing, and focus on what you asked her to focus on?
- Did he provide a clean, professional space for you treatment?
- How did you feel after the massage treatment?