If you live in North Carolina, you’ve got your pick of Massage Therapists. However, due to the growing problems in Massage Therapy that have blasted it on the news several times over the past few years, it is very important to know what you’re dealing with.
For starters, you can relax with knowing that North Carolina is one of the states that regulate massage therapy. There are a handful of states with no regulation. Licensing is granted through the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy, who also governs the practices of massage therapy in the state.
Message Therapists in North Carolina undergo a rigorous curriculum before being allowed to practice. First, they are required to have 500 hours of practice in the field. They must also pass a National Certification Exam. In addition, testing requirements must be met in order to be licensed. There are also requirements for continued licensing in North Carolina.
There are a plethora of schools in North Carolina offering a curriculum in Massage Therapy. Several of them are located within North Carolina’s three largest cities-Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro. Among the most popular are ECPI College of Technology, Miller Motte Technical College, and the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute.
Finding a good massage therapist in North Carolina has never been easier. A good resource to start with is the North Carolina Massage Therapists Directory:
It gets you started with thirty locations throughout the state.
In terms of pricing, it will vary depending on certain factors including the type of massage, whether it is medical or for pleasure and whether it is happening at a spa or a Massage Therapy clinic. For a basic idea, the going rate for a Swedish Massage is $65, Deep Tissue is $75. Spas are generally more expensive than clinics and medical massages are generally a little pricier as well, due to more extensive training. You may also elect to have a therapist come to your home, even though it will be a tad bit pricier.
There is a huge variety of massages to choose from, depending on your personal needs. One of the most popular being the Swedish Massage. Other popular massages are a Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Reflexology, and a Relaxation Massage.
Massages also have great benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, massages are found to help relieve stress and pain, helps with blood pressure control and with boosting the immune system.
Of course, there are also risks with massages as pointed out by the Mayo Clinic as well. Their recommendation is to be advised by your doctor first if you have any of the following conditions: Cancer, blood clots, fractures, pregnancy, severe Osteoporosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, just to name a few. For the most part, if you are in overall good health, your risks with massage therapy should be minimal provided you are using a licensed therapist, which should be the case in North Carolina.
Whether you decide to go Swedish or Deep Tissue, Spa or Clinic, massages are a great way to “escape” for a few hours and enjoy some alone time!