How long has the stress been building up for? Or did the tension in your muscles come from a sports-related injury? Whether your muscles are aching from a recent accident or years of working in a strenuous field, going to see a massage therapist is a great way to ease pain and aching, and can also work as a preventive measure in the future.
It’s important to find a massage therapist with proper credentials, and one of the best tools to search licensed therapists online is through a massage register. In addition to searching through licensed practitioners, these organizations can also offer information on different types of massage. It’s in your best interest to find a massage therapist who specializes in one area or modality, because there are many different types of massage including those for muscle pain and sports injuries. It can also be helpful to ask your physician, friends, or coworkers if they know or recommend any therapists. As more and more people are turning to the benefits of massage therapy, it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a therapist from an already-trusted source. This can save you time, and may cut costs from therapists with referral programs.
If you’re searching for a massage therapist in Missouri, be sure to find one who is up to date on all Missouri licensing and regulation requirements. The State Massage Board of Missouri requires that all licensed therapists complete 500 hours of training, as well as 12 hours of continuing education training every two years, pass one of three tests (the MBLEx, NCBTMB, or NCCAOM), submit to a background check, pass a state exam, retain a provisional license, and hold liability insurance prior to being licensed. Always inquire into your massage therapist’s background and training before choosing one – it’s important to find someone whom you both trust and feel comfortable with, as well as someone who is properly qualified for the job.
Massage schools in Missouri include The Massage Therapy Institute of Missouri, Pinnacle Career Institute, and Vatterott College. Massage therapists in some of the largest cities in Missouri, including Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield, do their training and receive certification at these schools. You may even be able to contact the school and see if they offer reduced rates for allowing their students to train on you. Massages in Missouri can vary in price depending on the type of massage you desire, but many are available in the $50-$60 range for a session lasting 30-60 minutes, while others can provide deeper tissue treatment for prices in the $90-$100 range. Many massage clinics also offer memberships, which allows you to receive multiple massages for a lower price.
When finding a massage therapist in your area of Missouri, take the time to discuss therapists and options with others before making a choice, just as you would before choosing a family physician. Going into your first massage armed with background information and knowledge will already begin to ease your stress.