Therapeutic Massage Practices In Texas

In a state as large as Texas, finding a qualified, licensed massage therapist may seem daunting. You can look through the phone book, conduct online searches for therapeutic massage establishments in your area, ask for a referral from a doctor or other health care professional, or even ask friends and family for suggestions and references.

Finding A Massage Therapist

There are many factors to consider in your search for a massage therapist. Do you want sole-proprietor? Massage therapists who work for themselves often have private space within their own homes for clientele, they might make regular visits to a particular gym or fitness center, and some sole-proprietors even make house calls to their clients. However, their schedules may be full often if they have a high client base. An initial appointment may have to be made far in advance.

You can also contact a massage establishment (commonly called a “massage parlor”) which employs multiple massage therapists in one setting. One benefit of visiting a massage establishment is that, due to having numerous therapists available, you may be able to schedule an appointment in a relatively short frame of time. Some establishments even accept walk-ins.

Regardless of which massage therapist or massage establishment you choose, be sure to verify that their state license is valid. Also check for any disciplinary history against the massage therapist or massage establishment.

State-Level Regulation

The practices of massage therapy within the State of Texas are licensed and regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Specifically, DSHS licenses and regulates massage therapists, massage therapy instructors, massage schools, and massage establishments. Complaints should be made through DSHS.

Massage Therapy Schools

Massage Therapy Schools can easily be found through any simple internet search or looking through the phone book as well. However, if you are considering enrolling in a school, it is important to check with DSHS to ensure that the school is licensed and accredited by the state. You can call DSHS, or find a roster of massage therapy schools and instructors on DSHS’ web site. Also, you can check with DSHS to find if a school or a particular instructor has had any disciplinary action.

As the course requirements for massage therapy licensure are set by state law, all schools should have approximately the same curriculum.

Market Rates For Massages

It is difficult to determine an approximate fee charged to a client for a massage since fees are not regulated by DSHS. Many massage therapists often set their fees according to the duration for the appointment, such as by the half hour or full hour. Depending on what type of overhead the massage therapist or massage establishment is responsible for, an appointment fee may vary greatly. This is especially true when considering the location of the therapist or establishment. A business located in Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio might charge more for a massage session, as these are the most highly populated cities in Texas, and market rates may be higher as well.

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