How to Find a Qualified Massage Therapist

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You should feel confident and comfortable with your massage therapist because it's essential that you should trust the person who will be touching you.

  1. You should ask your prospective massage therapist about the massage therapy. Because some massage therapists may only use one or two types of massage, most massage therapists can have different kinds of techniques during the practice. You should know that what the massage therapist offers is complied with what you need and you can find out more about the various types of massage by looking at the glossary of definitions. The more specific your needs, the more important the massage therapist's approach and specific skills may be.
  2. You could also ask about how many years experience the massage therapist has. By the way, some massage therapists with many years experience may have started out in an era when there weren't as many training programs around and many of the profession's standards were not yet in place. You can, if you wish, take their experience into account when considering their credentials.
  3. You should try several massage therapists to find the "right fit" for you, because, besides credentials, there is also a personal element to massage. Personality fit is important too, so is trust. You should feel confident and comfortable with your massage therapist. Communication is an important element in massage therapy. Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns.

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Massage Therapist:

  1. Are you currently licensed as a massage therapist?
  2. Are you a graduate of a training program accredited?
  3. Are you certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork? -Where did you receive your massage therapy training?
  4. How many hours of training did you complete?
  5. Do you have advanced training in any specific massage techniques?
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