A good massage therapist is one who can effectively use massage techniques to relieve the stress, tension, and other problems that you have. Deciding when to have a massage is easy the hard part is choosing a therapist who can deliver your needs.
Choosing a good massage therapist is very important because they are trained to deal with proper manipulation and kneading of the human body. This is important because many people don’t realize that in the United States many individuals without massage training can open their own massage business just as long as they don’t claim that they are licensed or are recipients of training certificates.
With that in mind, how do you choose a good massage therapist? What questions should you ask? And what qualities should you expect from this person?First, you can always ask your friends for recommendations however you may still be not satisfied with their choice so here are the things that you should look for in a therapist.
You should ask your potential massage therapist for license and/or certification, where he was schooled, what training he has undergone, and length of practice. Rules of certification vary from state to state but generally, MT’s are required at least 600 hours of classroom instruction.
Holding certificates and participating in advanced training is rather important, it means that he values continuously educating and improving himself. Common MT designations depending on state are: LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), LMP (Licensed Massage Practitioner), RMT (Registered Massage Therapist) and CMT (Certified Massage Therapist).
Massage Supplies, Tools, Equipment, and Linens
Ask your MT for the types of oils and lotions he uses and look at the ingredients especially if you are the type who has sensitive skin. There is a wide selection of massage products out there, you can decide whether you want scented or unscented and water-based or organic.
Massage tools, equipment, and most importantly linens should be clean and free of oil stains. If you spot oil stains on their sheets it should be a warning sign that this MT does not value hygiene.
A good massage therapist would be willing to discuss with you what your expectations are and the style of massage that your prefer. Also a good one should be skilled at adjusting his depth of touch to the needs of the client as some clients are not satisfied by light touches while others find deep massage as painful.