Finding the right massage therapist!
Updated: Nov 30, 2018
When I get clients to come in, the most important subject they happen to bring up is, finding the right massage therapist. They often disclose the fact that their therapists aren't really alleviating pain cycles or correcting their posture. And the fact they go into their sessions weekly or biweekly and are too ashamed to ask what the goals of the sessions are.
I guess that's the difference between being a Licensed Massage Therapist vs a Certified Massage Therapist. I'm glad the professional program that was offered at the school I went to was informative, however, the Master's Program that focused on Advanced subjects as Kinesiology, Myokinetics, CranialSacral, Eastern Paradigm, Hot Stone, and Orthopedic Massage became the basis of my career. Most people graduate with as little as 500 hours as a State minimum. By the time I was finished, I came out over 1032. And with every opportunity, I tend to do live continuing education classes that deals more with the medically inclined.
Most people do it for the money. Don't get me wrong, money is great, when it's busy. But If you aren't passionate about serving other's before yourself, in my honest opinion, a therapists vision can be blurred and miss the whole point of why it's important to think about the safety or well being of the client first. Just keep in mind, if your Therapist doesn't do a visual intake, doesn't explain why muscles react a certain way, or immediately know what forms of massage break the pain cycle, then maybe that therapist is only certified in Spa treatments. It's okay to ask a therapist what they specialize in and what types of continuing education courses they take. It's also important for you to know if these are online classes or live classes?
Having a connection also helps. Do your research, look up their reviews, and not all male therapist are all alike. Just because you had a bad experience with one, doesn't mean we all have to suffer. If it was your first massage and the therapist went too deep, you should have said something. And please report any unethical behavior or human trafficking, some of us treat our profession seriously and would like to keep it that way!