How to get Your Perfect Massage Therapist

Are you in need of a ‘good’ massage?

Massage has become probably the most popular treatments in the last few years and the necessity for a good massage is only increasing as more of our work and even a few of our social activities are desk or computer based.

When I first been trained in massage therapy in the early 90’s, clients would normally visit the salon or spa for waxing, facials or for slimming treatments. Massage was among the treatments which were considered as being a luxury or a special treat once in a blue moon.

I must admit back then life was very different for folks generally, many clients would have a secretary or assistant to type up work. For a few, once you finished work that was it as there is no emails to check on as not everyone had the web. Hardly any people had laptops so sitting on the sofa or during intercourse whilst working was very minimal and lastly ‘Googling’ and social media was near non-existent.

Coming in today things have changed. Many no more have secretary’s so they have to deal with admin themselves, most work is done on the computer, some at desks plus some in awkward positions whilst sitting on the sofa or lying in bed. Long gone will be the days when as soon as you left the office your projects would be over, now we are able to be contacted on our mobiles or can check our emails at home if not along the way. Our morning still continues even after we’ve left the office as well as before we’ve reached any office.

There are a variety of massage based treatments are available in clinics, spa’s, salons and health clubs. We’ve even seen massage in clubs, shopping centres and massage therapists who come to the work place.

With so many places offering massage, how do you know which is the best place to go and how will you tell if you are more likely to get a good massage?

1) Online Reviews

Firstly, online reviews are a great way of finding out about what people have to say in regards to a particular business. Do remember though, sometimes the reviews could be something negative about the establishment or one member of staff so you could potentially miss a great massage from another employee who was not reviewed. Also there is a saying which goes ‘a customer who has already established a bad experience will tell five people but if they’ve had great experience they may not tell a soul’. So sometimes you can’t always get yourself a true indication whether you’ll get a ‘good’ massage treatment or not from a review.

2) Qualifications

A good massage therapist could have the following qualifications: NVQ level 3, HND Health & Beauty, ITEC, CIBTAC or CIDESCO, there maybe other recognised bodies too but check whether they have a qualification and not simply a workshop certificate. Anatomy and physiology is a big portion of the training as knowing the muscular system, skeletal system and their functions could make the difference in the grade of massage.

3) Licence

Businesses within many area’s especially London cannot operate without a valid massage license. In certain borough’s even the therapist has to be licenced. The only way a therapist can get licenced is should they have the relevant qualification. Sometimes you can observe the premises license displayed on the wall.

4) Medical Questionnaire & Consultation

Your massage therapist should request you to fill in a simple medical questionnaire to establish any medical conditions which may prevent you from having massage. For example any recent injuries or operations, wounds, infections etc. For certain conditions it is possible to still have a massage but may need written permission from your Doctor that its OK to still have massage.

In case you are in your first trimester of pregnancy, its advisable never to have massage and a professional therapist will know this should they see it on your own consultation form.

Consultation time is also an enjoyable experience to establish what your main concerns are or if you can find any area’s you’d like your massage therapist to work most on. Its also a period to ensure you’ve been booked set for the correct kind of massage for you, for instance you could have been booked in for a ‘Swedish Massage’ but maybe wanting a ‘Deep Tissue’ massage.

5) Your Massage Therapist

Sometimes the size or age of a massage therapist can be decieving. I’m 5 ft and only six and a half stone but i’m use to massaging bodybuilders so my pressure is quite strong even though I look really small. Massage therapists develop their pressure with a combination of strength together with their own body weight to execute a good firm massage.

Also i’ve trained a variety of 18 year olds that are just as good as massage therapists who have years of experience. It depends on how passionate your therapist is approximately her job. If she enjoys massage and is passionate you then will most likely have an excellent treatment.

6) The Massage Treatment

Its not uncommon for changing time and energy to be contained in your massage time so do be sure you try to settle on your treatment bed as quickly as possible so you get more practical time.

Your massage therapist should check if you are warm enough and comfortable before they begin your massage. Many salons and spa’s have soft relaxing music playing in the backdrop which really enhances the knowledge.

You can often tell the difference between an extremely good massage therapist and something who is much less good. An extremely good massage therapist will be connected intuitively and can know the correct pressure to apply, they’ll also know which area’s must be worked on the most with no need to stick to a robotic routine of just massage movements.

7) Aftercare

Your therapist should give you the correct aftercare which include drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated and help flush away any toxins. Your massage therapist should also warn you that you may be a little sensitive the next day on the areas they will have worked on.