Have you ever found yourself discovering the best massage therapist only for them to not be there next time you go? It happens a lot actually. The turnover in the massage industry is huge. Therapists come and go due to different reasons but there are some basic things you can do to keep finding the right therapist for you.
Research by asking your friends and family for referrals. Social media is a great platform for this. Once you get the referrals, cross reference them with reputation marketing tools like Google Reviews and Yelp. If you find a highly rated company on Yelp, seek our the therapists whose name keeps popping up in reviews.
Then ask your questions.
If you have to interview for the right employee, or school for your kids, or nanny, then why wouldn’t you also interview your massage therapist? You have to know what kind of massage you prefer first though. Is it Sports Therapy, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Hot Stones, Trigger Point Therapy or other types that you prefer?
Most modalities can be clustered into three types of massages: Clinical Massage, Sports Therapyor Relaxation. If you are injured or have a nagging pain, most likely you are looking for a clinical massage which imbeds modalities such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy and myofasical therapy. Relaxation is focused more towards hot stone, aromatherapy applied with Swedish long strokes. Sports Therapy is for those who are active in some kind of physical activity, weekend warriors to professional. The main difference is the stretches which are applied during the session.
Questions to ask:
How long have you been in practice?
What kinds of symptoms have you worked on and how have you helped your clients?
What differentiates you from other therapists?
Are you able to customize the massage to my needs? i.e.. I can handle more pressure in X area and not so much in Y area!
If I’m not happy with my session, are you able to refer me to a different therapist? (This helps you know if the therapist has your best interest at heart and if they provide money back guarantee, that’s a good indication naturally)
Are you certified and licensed to operate?
3. Speak Up
Many times for your first session, the therapist is trying to figure out your body’s ability to accept the massage work. If you have had previous injuries, surgeries, are on medication, or have concerns regarding any medical related issues, please disclose them. It makes it easier for the therapist to help with your pain management when they are aware of these conditions. During the massage if the pressure is not to your liking or you do not like an area they are working on, please let them know. They have only so much time to get through the body so to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for, don’t be shy about talking up during the massage.
These 3 steps will help you manage getting the right therapist most of the times. We hope you find the right one for you.