Choosing The Right Massage Therapist

Let’s face it, there are a lot of massage therapist in our community. With two prominent massage schools and several other corporately run schools this area is saturated with many massage professionals. But how do you choose the right own, is it by business name, credentials, or price? Even though cost may inevitably be the factor it is important is not the sole reason behind picking a single therapist from the bunch.

Number one is the bodyworker that you have selected gone to school? As trivial as this may seem this should be an important determining factor in selection of therapist. Even more important how many hours of education does he or she have and how long ago was your practitioners last training. If your practitioner has been a therapist five years and has not cracked a book since their nine month course are they truly qualified to treat your sciatica pain? A skilled and serious practitioner continues their education striving even past massage therapy to achieve greater knowledge of the body and how it functions.

Massage has become widely popular over the last few years. In a lot of cities, there is a massage center or day spa on every other corner. Massages are also becoming more affordable. And massage schools are popping up all over the place.

Although this can be exciting news for the industry, how does it affect the consumer? Well, anytime something becomes more mainstream, popular, and profitable, it also has the potential to become watered down. This increase in quantity usually means a decrease in quality.

So how do you ensure you receive a quality massage? Here are 5 questions you should ask any massage therapist before hiring them:

To become a massage therapist, the requirements may vary from state to state but in most states, any person who wants to become a therapist is required to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalents before enrollment. Most schools that offer these programs have full-time and part-time programs. Spending a minimum of 500 hours in the program is expected by students during which they are taught anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, ethics, business, and management. Hands-on experience will also be provided in order to give the students a real feel for the job.

During a massage session, there are certain qualities that are required in a therapist to be successful. So, what to look for in a massage therapist? The choice of the right therapist should be based not only on their level of awareness of the human body, but also their interpersonal skills. The exteriors of the massage clinic should also present an overall atmosphere of freshness, warmth and cleanliness.