After a whole week of working, your body deserves some pampering. And what better way to make your body happy than to treat yourself to some well-deserved massage? The rest and relaxation that a good massage promotes will definitely help you face another grueling week at the office. Here are some tips to help you choose a good massage therapist, to help you get the most of the experience:
- Determine the type of massage therapy you’d like. There are different types of massage therapy, and the most popular ones include the following: Swedish massage, which makes use of long strokes and friction on the muscles of the body; Shiatsu massage, which makes use of rhythmic pressure from the fingers to different body parts to promote the flow of chi; deep tissue massage, which applies pressure on deep layers of muscles; and pressure point massage, which focuses on easing the stress “knots” on the body. Once you’ve determined the type of massage that you like, find a massage therapy who specializes on this.
- Find a reputable establishment. One of the easiest ways to find a legitimate and experienced massage therapist is to go in a reputable day spa. Do expect to pay up more through these locations, compared to when you hire an independent massage therapist.
- Know the certification and number of years of experience of the massage therapist. Find out where your potential massage therapist was schooled, and the trainings that she has undertaken for her continuous education. She should be certified as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) or Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) – the actual title will depend per state. You should also inquire about her professional affiliations; one major professional group is the American Massage Therapy Association. Finally, find out how long she’s been working as a massage therapist. A valid massage therapist should not hesitate to give you these information.
- Find a massage therapist through the internet. You could take advantage of the internet to find listings of licensed massage therapist: one venue worth trying out is through the American Massage Therapy Association website.
- Do an ocular of the massage therapist’s office. Before you schedule an appointment, make sure that you take the time to look through the massage therapist’s office. With a keen eye, observe the level of cleanliness and hygiene: are the sheets clean? Is the floor polished? Are materials cluttered or well-organized? How does the place smell like? You should also look at the massage therapist herself. Does she look presentable and hygienic?
- Compute for total costs. Once you’ve compiled listings of the massage therapists that fit your bill, compare their rates. Make sure that you ask for bottom-line prices. If you want to enjoy your massage at home, find out prices for this, too. Don’t forget to prepare a tip!
Make sure that you communicate your preferences with the massage therapist well; she will surely appreciate the fact that you will make it easier for her to provide you with service that you will deem excellent. You should also make sure that you are comfortable with your massage therapist (for example, will you be as comfortable with a male therapist as with a female?). Once you’ve found that perfect therapist for you, it’s best that you stick with her: once she knows about your preferences and more used to having you as a customer, she will be able to give you the customized treatment that you deserve. Good luck!