Establish Your Needs First – Since we mentioned “the right [massage therapist] for your particular needs,” let’s start with that one. Determine what kind of massage you’re after – do you want a sports massage? Deep tissue massage? Relaxation massage? Next, think about what kind of setting you’d be most comfortable in, whether it’s your own home or in a therapist’s office (or in a spa); a spa-like setting will offer you the ultimate dim-lighting experience complete with aromatherapy candles, music and more.
Get to Learn the Differences Between Modalities – In the world of massages, each “modality” brings with it a different type of massage, so get to understand the differences between them. Here are some examples: a Swedish massage offers a “feel good” experience, while a Ashiatsu barefoot massage works the deep tissues. Important to note is that European and Swedish massage use oil on bare skin with gliding and kneading movements and Ashiatsu-Stretch, Fijian and Thai massage may be done over clothes with deep compression.
Rely on Word of Mouth/Reviews/Therapist Background – Ask family or friends who they use as a massage therapist and why they return to his/her facility. You can also check with your primary healthcare provider or a medical specialist to recommend massage therapists who boast specialized training and experience in certain techniques. Additionally, you should read online reviews before deciding on a therapist so that you get a good idea of the location, atmosphere and the therapist’s abilities. Also, before booking an appointment, it is a good practice to find out about the therapist’s educational background – after all, it’s important your therapist is up-to-date with regard to your condition.
What matters most is that you choose a massage therapist who keeps your needs in mind and who brings with him or her no agenda – other than to help you feel better.
To learn more about the kind of professional massage therapy Healthwork Yoga and Massage Therapy offers, contact us at (505) 235-8032.