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How to choose the right massage therapist

massage picWhen you type in ‘Massage Therapist’ into Google you’re left with over 24,100,000 results! So how do you know who to choose and what’s right for you? First of all you need to pin point the reasons why you want to see a massage therapist, is it for relaxation, muscular issues, soreness or injury.

There’s nothing worse than having a massage and you just can’t relax, you don’t feel comfortable and you’re left feeling like just another pay check walking through the door.

A professional massage therapist will take their work seriously, and aim to provide you with the best possible treatment and outcome for your issues.

A professional therapist will also have experience in treating all types of clients and will be skilled in applying their techniques.

What to look for in a massage therapist:-

  • Fully qualified- a qualified massage therapist should have a minimum of a diploma in remedial massage
  • Registered through a certified association
  • What experience do they have? – If you have a specific problem that you need help with are they knowledgeable enough to know what treatment plan would suit you
  • Professional
  • Listen to your health questions
  • Answer your questions in a way that you can understand
  • Make an effort to help you improve your health
  • Refer you to outside specialists if needed
  • Knowledgeable of their field of practice
  • Have a comfortable and clean practice
  • Insurance, and that therapist has health rebates applied to their modality. This ensures that you are getting a professional and fully qualified therapist who is continuing studies and gaining greater knowledge

The last thing you want is to feel as if you’ve been ripped off! Make sure you communicate with the massage therapist and let them know if you have any issues or what you’re hoping to get out of the session. You’re paying for a service so make sure you make the most of it.

Here are a few more tips –

  • Tell the massage therapist exactly what you need when you get the massage – More or less pressure, more or less attention to a certain area
  • If you feel uncomfortable let them know what changes you need to make you more comfortable e.g. heat or cool air, music, lighting or less noise
  • Tell the massage therapist about the injury or condition that you seek relief from
  • Ask for tips/exercises about injury relief
  • Ask for a treatment plan

Finally, don’t feel like you need to stick with the massage therapist you’ve been seeing for years. Sometimes it’s great to make a change and see what else is out there. Get the most out of your time and money by making sure your massage therapist is qualified, experienced and are reputable. That way you can build a great relationship with your massage therapist and go away feeling like you’ve had a great massage and experience. Above all you want to get the right advice and treatment plan to move forward and improve your current problem or injury.

Brenda Hill
Your Workplace Wellbeing Advocate